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The historically important Irish harbour town of Waterford is renowned for its superb architectural heritage, exquisite crystal, and the beautiful scenery of the surrounding countryside, explaining its appeal as a tourist destination. Reserve car hire in Waterford ready for your arrival so you can drive around and explore this beautiful Irish town. It's simple, just enter your travel criteria in the box above and we'll do the rest, by comparing quotes from leading suppliers like Hertz and Europcar, to ensure we find you the best prices across the market.
Waterford is most famous for its magnificent churches, in particular the stunning 18th century Christ Church Cathedral, with its delicate steeple, airy interior and ornate ceiling. Elsewhere in the city are the Holy Trinity Cathedral and St Patrick’s Church, both also dating from the eighteenth century and exhibiting exquisite architecture and artwork.
Enjoy strolling along the narrow streets and lanes of the city’s historic town area, soaking up the traditional atmosphere. For families, there are a number of edutainment attractions, including the spectacular Waterford Treasures museum with its excellent exhibit on Viking artifacts, and the interesting Waterford Crystal Glass Factory. For more historic architecture, visit the ancient Reginald’s Tower and French Church, nearby Waterford Treasures.
Waterford has ample quality accommodation and restaurants, and the center of the city’s nightlife is the vibrant pub scene featuring great live music and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Nothing beats an evening in a typical Irish pub, drinking Guinness with the locals, listening to improbable yarns and enjoy the traditional ‘diddley-aye’ Celtic music.
Just out of town is the famous Waterford crystal factory, and tours are open to the public. There is also a cut-price shop on the premises.
Known as the ‘Sunny Southeast’, Waterford County receives the least amount of Ireland’s famous rain. In addition to several lovely beaches near the mouth of the river, the countryside provides numerous opportunities for day trips. Explore the picturesque coastline to the north and south for more stunning seascapes, or, alternatively, head inland and discover the beautiful river valleys and rolling green hills, such as those of Blackwater. For more history, visit the ancient villages and towns of Ring, Ardmore and Lismore.
The major suburbs in Waterford are: Abbeysland, Ballybricken, Bilberry, Grantstown, Kilcohan, John's Hill, Larchville, Shortcourse, Summerhill and Templers Hall.
Waterford can be reached via connections from Dublin International Airport, which serves direct flights from most European and US cities. From Europe, it’s easiest to fly to Cork and catch a 90 minute bus ride.There are plenty of ways to get from the airport to Waterford, including buses, taxis and car hire. Suppliers located at the airport are Dooley, Hertz, Europcar, Budget and Avis. Book car hire in Waterford online with us and arrange to collect and drop-off the car at the airport.
There is a train station in Waterford with trains servicing Dublin, Limerick and Rosslare Harbour. Tickets can be purchased at a ticket office or on the train. Book online in advance may be cheaper.
To get to Dublin you will need to take the M9. The N24 will take you all the way to Limerick, and the N25 to Cork.
Eireann buses service the town of Waterford, as well as running to and from Dublin, Killarney, Tralee, Rosslare Harbour, Wexford, Limerick, Clonmel, Galway, Shannon Airport and Tipperary.