Waterford’s Irish Museum of Time—a Unique Experience on Your Doorstep

Step back in time to visit this one-of-a-kind Waterford museum with the finest collection of Irish timepieces in the world.
Photo courtesy of Waterford Treasures

The Irish Museum of Time houses some of the best and earliest collections of Irish timepieces in the world. Since the 1600’s Irish craftspeople created these beautiful pieces, which for the time were so technologically advanced and at the museum you’ll get to see these incredible pieces showcased.

The museum is located in Greyfriars Church in Waterford’s Viking Triangle and is a must-visit for locals and tourists alike. The refurbished gothic-style Greyfriars is a fitting home for this collection.

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Photo courtesy of Waterford Treasures

It’s Ireland’s only Horological museum and it features some of the oldest Irish-made longcase, table clocks and watches in the world. The museum also houses pieces from all over the world—the U.S., Russia, Germany, Japan and Australia.

If you’re intrigued by the history of timekeeping don’t miss out on a trip to this museum. It’s open every day—from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the weekends and bank holidays. To make a booking, email bookings@waterfordcouncil.ie.

silver museum

Just up the street and also worth a visit is Waterford’s Irish Silver Museum, which celebrates 1,000 years of Irish history. Since Viking times, silver has been an important metal and means of exchange. The museum showcases one of the largest collections of Irish silver in the world. You’ll find it in the Deanery building in Cathedral Square.   

Waterford Treasures offers a “One Pass, Five Experiences” package. The discounted Freedom of Waterford ticket allows you to enjoy a walking tour of the Viking Triangle with an expert guide. Plus complete access to The Irish Museum of Time, The Medieval Museum, Bishop’s Palace and The Irish Silver Museum. For more information, see Open Museum | Waterford Treasures.   

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