Waterford’s Viking Triangle
What’s so special about Waterford’s Viking Triangle? Well, this cultural and historic centre was once surrounded by 1,000-year-old Viking wallsand today, it’s where the famous Reginald’s Tower sits quietly on the quay. Buildings like Bishop’s Palace and the Medieval Museum have many objects and relics on display whereas the King of the Vikings 3D virtual experience in Bailey’s New Street is a fun, interactive way to learn all about Waterford’s Viking history.
On the mall, House of Waterford Cyrstal has stunning displays of the world-famous Waterford Crystal glass as well as guided tours to see how the crystal pieces are made. With lots of new cafes, local crafts shops and pretty outdoor areas, there’ no better time to come visit one of Waterford’s nicest spots!
Local craft & design
Watch local craftsmen at work on unique creations at The Kite Design Studios in Henrietta street. Fine silver jewellery, ogham stone sculptures and hand-blown glass pieces are just some of the original pieces that are designed here.
Kite Design Studios, situated in the Viking Triangle in Waterford city, is home to some of the most creative craftspeople in Ireland. Housing The Irish Handmade Glass, it was purpose built by the City Enterprise Board to facilitate local craftspeople.
Get a real sense of Waterford’s history with these attractions that will intrigue, delight, and incite your interest in Ireland’s oldest city.
Welcome to Ireland’s oldest civic building that towers above the quay – a spectacular defensive tower with several floors and a museum inside. Climb up inside the tower, take in its stories and history and prepare to be in awe. A must-see attraction.
Step inside medieval Waterford at this museum which houses the 13th-century Choristers’ Hall and the 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault within its walls. View historic relics of times gone by as well as key artifacts on display.
Waterford Crystal Glass lovers will thoroughly this. Enjoy a couple of hours here where you can witness first-hand the craft of crystal making and buy a special piece to take home as a souvenir of Waterford’s heritage. Their cafe is really nice too.
Hear the church bells ring on Sundays. Designed by Georgian Architect, John Roberts, the church is where Strongbow was married to Aoife, daughter of Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster in 1170 and is one of the most historic buildings in Ireland.
The impressive wooden Viking sword in Bailey’s New Street measures more than 15 metres and is carved out of one single tree. Admire its intricacy and detailed carvings of Waterford’s history -legendary and indisputably unique. The Longboat just down the street beside Reginald’s Tower is another fine example of the past. Both have to be seen to be appreciated.
Not all virtual reality experiences are created equal. This Viking 3D experience is absolutely brilliant and one of the first of its kind in Europe. Seeing is believing here, watch out for the Vikings!
Eat & Drink
In recent years, many cafes have made the Viking Triangle their home and it’s where some of the best restaurants and pubs in town are located.
If it’s wine and light bites you’d like, The Fat Angel wine bar has a varied wine list and enough tapas to whet your appetite before you go off exploring again.
A drink inside one of the city’s oldest establishments, Jordan’s bar is full of charm and a traditional pub to relax and enjoy a pint. Anna Jordan, works at the family pub and is one local that helps drive Modwords and plays a key role in the arts here in Waterford. Check out her chat with us here
Lovely cafe to drop in for a coffee and carrot cake and have a chat with friends. They also make a good hot chocolate.
Dine in the 15th century John Collyn House in High Street where the chef serves modern Irish cooking in a historic atmosphere. Enjoy the outdoor seating area at the back which looks onto Greyfriars church ruins.
Not far from Trade cafe, this cafe is pretty popular for its coffee and cakes. Great spot to people watch.
The Reg Bar, Restaurant and Nightclub – Famous for The Churchyard Sessions live music (pre-COVID) and serves food and drink. Great place for a night out and when late night music venues can open kick off again.
The Munster Bar is another favourite with great food, lovely decor and a cozy atmosphere located just at the back of The Reg. Sports fans can watch their favourite matches too.
Love steak and seafood? Then you’ve come to the right place. Affordable, great food served by friendly staff in a relaxed atmosphere. What more could you want!
A spot of shopping
Browse these gems- small, charming and authentic.
The Irish designer sells beautiful pieces of Irish linen, artwork, quality clothing, and pottery. Lovely shop to browse and buy. A little gem on the quay.
Another new, exciting store is Nest which sells unique, vintage furniture and home decor. Do peek inside as you walk along the quay – you never know what you’ll find inside on any given day.
Come say hi
This is just some of what awaits you when you visit the Viking Triangle! It’s an area that you can enjoy over the course of a day or less. We look forward to seeing you here and discovering your favourite parts.