Waterford, in South East Ireland, is the country's oldest city, founded by Vikings in 914AD. It's known for its natural harbour and for being one of Ireland's most important ports. It also contains some fascinating history in the Viking landmark, Reginald's Tower and the legacy of its history of glassmaking, Waterford Crystal.
Many people who like to holiday in Ireland take flights to Waterford WAT in sleepy county Waterford, one of the quietest and most peaceful areas of the country. The town is a lovely mixture of medieval areas and alleyways and modern squares. It's a good place to look for hotels if you'd like a holiday surrounded by lovely scenery and historical landmarks but also want the conveniences of a city break. It's great for hearty traditional and modern Irish food, with some of the best restaurants in the country. There's lots of nightlife with a good selection of bars and pubs and plenty of music to be had. The theatre and arts festivals offer a cultural experience, too. While you're in Waterford visit Waterford Crystal. Founded in 1783 it's still producing much admired crystal that's exported worldwide.
Nearby places that combine plenty of daytime activities with good dining and nightlife include Tramore and Lismore. Both also contain some fascinating historical landmarks.
Or visit nearby Dunmore East for a quieter, more peaceful stay on the seafront. Less bustling than the city, it still has plenty of activities and is particularly well known for boating and sailing. You can find some lovely traditional hotels here.
For a beach break the Ardmore Beaches provide some beautiful blue flag sandy beaches, with opportunities for diving, sailing, kayaking and snorkelling. Golfers might enjoy staying near here too, with 3 lovely nearby golf courses. Walkers will enjoy the fabulous scenery of the beaches, hills and cliffs would also enjoy staying in the beautiful Nire valley, nestled among the Comeragh mountains with the river Nire running through it. There's an annual walking festival in October for the moderately to very fit. Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy staying near Blackwater, known for its superior salmon fishing.
It's a lovely area to visit at any time, but there are some events that are particularly worth taking Waterford flights to coincide your trip with. In the town and wider county of Waterford there's at least one festival on every month. Some are more widely attended than others but there's something for every taste. May sees the Festival of the Sea and the Seafaring Festival of Music and Song, celebrating the area's maritime and musical traditions. Christmas, too, is special in Waterford, with seasonal events all month long. There are visits from Father Christmas, Christmas markets and carol singing for instance. These festivals are, of course, popular and hotels book up in advance, so book ahead to avoid disappointment. Compare the price of hotels in Waterford using Travelsupermarket`s tool and save money by booking in advance.