If you’re planning a trip to Waterford, Spring is a great time to go. With blooming gardens, the reopening of historic sites, and lots of visitors flocking to the city, Spring is when the city comes to life. Enjoy breath-taking landscapes, amazing history, and a famous Waterford welcome from your base in Viking Hotel Waterford. Our fantastic team members on hand to offer all the information required for visitors to enjoy the city like locals, offering regional food and drink as well as expert local advice. Book our best available rates and special offers exclusively on our website.
Mount Congreve Gardens
Waterford is packed with history and beauty. We’re delighted to see the reopening of the gorgeous Mount Congreve Gardens after some upgrades last year. Open year-round, the gardens are a haven for plant and history lovers offering some truly wonderful walks and trails. Enjoy a stroll around Ambrose’s World Gardens to enjoy around seventy acres of woodland, a four-acre walled garden, and 16km of walkways. There are several walks to enjoy while you’re here like the 55-minute Woodland Walk or the Fragrant Walk taking you through changing fragrances as you walk through varieties of flowers. Discover how herbs, vegetables & fruit trees are grown on an easy stroll through the kitchen garden and take some knowledge home with you.
Calling all lovers of cycling to Waterford. The Waterford Greenway is Ireland’s longest greenway and one of the best things to do in Waterford. The 46km paved bike path winds its way around the base of the Comeragh Mountains and follows the River Suir with stunning sights and breath-taking views at every turn. Rest stops in Kilmacthomas and Kilmeadan add to your enjoyment of this journey, allowing you to explore these lovely towns and sample some local refreshments. You can rent bikes from one of the local rental companies in Waterford and start the Greenway a short distance from Viking Hotel. We have secure bike storage available at the hotel if you’re traveling with your own wheels.
Enjoy our Greenway package which includes;
- Full Irish breakfast
- Main course in the Wooden Pestle
- Gourmet packed lunch
- Overnight accommodation
- Complimentary drink upon arrival
- Complimentary car parking & Wi-Fi
- Complimentary bike storage
Inside Activities in Waterford
We all know that the changeable Irish weather doesn’t always suit our plans. We’re well used to rainy days in Waterford and there are plenty of things to do indoors while you stay dry. Visit the House of Waterford Crystal, The Bishops Palace Museum, the Waterford Medieval Museum, or a local cathedral to shelter from the rain and learn a little about our history. Enjoy a shopping spree in some of the fantastic independent shops and retailers in the city hopping into a taxi to get back to your comfortable accommodation. Enjoy dinner & drinks in the Wooden Pestle restaurant or we can arrange room service so you can enjoy a rainy day in bed. For little ones, you can visit the Omniplex or Odeon cinemas or pop into Leisureplex for an afternoon of fun.
Waterford Digital Story Trail
A digital story trail across Waterford City has been launched. This experience offers audio clips with 6 immersive AR scenes with a narrator. The digital story trail offers audio and visuals throughout the 15 different stages of historic stories. The trail begins all the way back in the Viking age in Waterford. Come and discover Waterford and all of it’s history this spring.
Markets in Waterford
Warmer weather brings the return of local markets, a popular weekend pastime for locals and visitors alike. Markets are where our local producers and retailers take centre stage, selling their food, crafts, and accessories to lucky passers-by. Waterford City Food and Craft Market is one of the largest and takes place on Saturdays from 10am-4pm in Waterford city. It’s a tasty way to spend an afternoon. Dungarvan Farmers Market takes place every Thursday, Apple Market comes to the city center on a Friday, and Phoenix Yard Market takes over O’Connell Street on a Saturday. On Sundays, you have your pick of markets with everything from crafts and food to car boot sales across the county. Keep an eye on local groups for the latest market news.
If you’re planning a trip to Waterford this Spring, book comfortable, flexible accommodation in Viking Hotel today. We offer ideal family, couple and group accommodation in Waterford, perfect to explore the city, enjoy the greenway or just relax in our luxurious guest rooms. Our best available rates and packages like our Greenway Package are exclusively available on our website.