Waterford is a
large city in Ireland with a population of around 50,000 people.
Originally founded by Vikings over 1,000 years ago, Waterford is
Irelands oldest city and a key city for the southern region of
Waterford's most famous landmark is Reginald's Tower, an old civic
building in the city. Some of the population of Waterford is made up
from around 3,000 people who live in the outer city suburbs of the
County Kilkenny area.
Waterford have had many industries over the years with glass making
one of the best well known. Waterford Crystal is famous throughout
the world and the industry has operated in the city since the late
Waterford lies on the River Suir which has formed part of
Waterford's history of being a major Irish port. Similarly,
shipbuilding has also contributed to the city's history over the
years with a large fleet of iron steamers occupying the area in the
middle of the 19th century.
Originally a Viking town, Waterford still has some parts of the
city's original fortifications with narrow streets and original
In recent times the city centre has seen many new restaurants opened
in the area amongst the old buildings. The John Roberts Square area
is now pedestrianised and forms the basis of the main retail centre
of the city.
Waterford's Quay area is very highly regarded and stretches from the
Adelphi Quay to the Grattan Quay. The Quay are is a key commercial
district of the city and is very popular amongst locals.
Culture fans can enjoy several museums, galleries and theatres
including the Waterford Museum of Treasures, the Waterford Municipal
Art Gallery, the Dyehouse Gallery, the Theatre Royal, the Red Kettle
Theatre and the Spraoi Theatre.
By road, the N9 connects Waterford to Dublin. The N24 and N25 roads
also connect the city to Limerick and Cork. The main train station
in Waterford is Plunkett Station and has been opened for nearly 150
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