This is a beautifully erected museum that pays homage to the incredible history of Waterford and Ireland as a whole. I started at the top and worked my way down. Each floor offers a different part of history, many, many, artifacts to experience. It was during this visit I realized I did not allow myself near enough time to take in all the amazing history this city has made available. It’s truly remarkable what they have created at the triangle. Inside the museum is a little gift store with books, souvenirs and such. They where out of my name 😖. Murphy’s law..
This trip to Waterford was one of the very first times to venture around the streets and enjoy the views of the ancient viking city that it is. As we walked around we viewed some really nice artifacts, buildings, boats and museums and the likes, we went into the medievil museum in the viking triangle, steeped in history. The museum is built around a very old viking building that goes back to 1200's which had a wine cellar and church inside lots of viking information, from town maps, clothing, weapons etc. We had a wonderful time and it only cost 10 to enter and you would need a long time to read all info on display. Really lovely place to vist.
Anna took us on the best tour we've been on in three weeks in Ireland. It helped that the Medieval Museum has such an excellent collection of artifacts from Irish history. Starting in the basement where you walk through well-preserved ancient buildings, Anna wove together a story of Waterford's history. She is a historian with a depth of knowledge and infectious enthusiasm for her subject.
The museum is full and complete with history. Coming from the UK and France, this visit allowed us to learn more about our cultural heritage in Waterford. However, our tour guide made this experience go from good to beyond extraordinary. He had piercing blue eyes, a chiselled jawline and the body of a Greek god, otherwise known as Jack. His storytelling capacities made the tour deeply interesting with a nice touch of humour. We will definitely come back next year!
The Medieval Museum, as the name suggests, is focused on the medieval period in Waterford. It incorporates two very old Medieval rooms - a 13th century Choristers' Hall, where presumably the choir practiced and preformed, and the Mayor’s Wine Vault from the 15th century. The tour starts in the Medieval chambers in the basement level with Choristers’ Hall dating from 1270. On the second floor, the Tour of Devotion hosts a collection of religious artifacts and statues. There's a model of what Waterford looked like in 1480, which makes it very easy to see the Viking Triangle laid out. I found the Vestments Room the least interesting. Depends on what you like. A guided tour is available which takes about 45 minutes, or you can roam the museum on your own. If you don't have enough time to view everything, they allow you to come back another day at no extra charge!