Long before it was known for crystal, Waterford was an important port city in south east Ireland.
To be honest, we really had no interest in going to the famous Waterford Crystal factory. Even though it is internationally renowned we decided to pass it up. Maybe other family travelers can comment about it. An important distinction we learned is that the crystal is named after the city, not the other way around.
The most interesting thing for us was Reginald’s Tower. This 54 foot tall stone tower was built on the site of a wooden viking fortress and has been used as a fort, prison, home, storehouse, and mint. Most notably, it was the site where the legendary Strongbow (mentioned in my last post) married Irish princess Aoife.
It was only a couple of Euro to visit, so we went up. Inside is a small museum with displays, artifacts, a short movie, and good views of the city. Best of all is a cannon ball embedded high in the outer wall, a left over from a failed siege long ago.
The rest of Waterford to be honest is pretty lackluster. In fairness, it is a working class city with people doing jobs and not catering to throngs of tourists. It did make, however, a good base of operations to explore southeast Ireland.
We stayed at a wonderful Air BnB owned by Pat and his wife, Maureen. They recommended we try Brooklyn Restaurant in nearby Tramore for dinner. It was a very popular place with locals, so you know it has to be good. Luckily, Pat made reservations for us. The food was delicious! Since it was on the beach, we had great views too.
After a good nights sleep, we headed north for a day trip to the Rock of Cashel.
Up next, The Rock!