Boasting the title of Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford has just reached the grand old age of 1100, yet despite its collection of historic monuments and ancient buildings it retains a sense of youthful charm that’s certainly worth experiencing. So whether you’re after a slice of Ireland’s wild and rugged scenery, a piece of the city’s iconic glassware or just a getaway that takes you somewhere off the beaten track why not grab one of Flybe’s cheap flights to Waterford and discover the city your way.
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Flight frequency: Many / Week
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Located on the River Suir, Waterford has managed to fuse the charm of small town with the bustle of a big city, ensuring a relaxed yet exciting destination for a mini-break or holiday. Waterford enjoys less rain than most parts of Ireland and as a result has been dubbed the Sunny South East – a large factor in its perennial popularity with tourists far and wide. With the city’s ancient Viking walls interspersed with modern shops, cafes and restaurants, this really is a city that offers the best of times gone by and modern living. So why not check out all the city has to offer with our handy guide.
Just like many of Ireland’s best loved cities, Waterford has a thriving foodie scene that’s drawn on fresh, local produce to imbibe its cuisine with unforgettable flavour. For dining with a backstory, Merchant’s Quay is a must-visit – the former grain store has been transformed into a palatial 3-floor space encompassing a farmer’s market, grill and cooking demonstrations. More traditional eateries are also in abundance, with standout French cuisine at La Boheme and traditional Irish pub grub at McLeary’s. Then kick up your heels and embrace the famed Irish sense of fun with a boogie at Ruby’s Nightclub or a pint at the unassuming but totally unforgettable T & H Doolin’s Pub.
Once a destination dominated by family owned local stores, Waterford now has a booming retail scene where small independent shops sit harmoniously alongside big name brands. If it’s fashion and lifestyle pieces you’re after then make your way to City Square Shopping Centre, where you’ll find over 30 top brands including Debenhams and River Island in a pleasantly sized shopping mall that manages to avoid feeling soulless. Waterford has an international reputation for its craftsmanship, thanks in large part to the Waterford Crystal brand. So if it’s handmade pieces and quirky souvenirs you’re after then stop by Broad Street to enjoy the Waterford Food & Craft Market which takes place every Saturday from 10am-2pm. Finally, no trip to the city should be without a visit to the Waterford Crystal emporium – where intricate glasses and crystal pieces can be purchased and gifted as a truly authentic souvenir.
You may well have purchased a souvenir from the Waterford gift shop, but to ensure you get the most out of your visit make sure you take a tour around the factory where you’ll be privy to the crystal’s transformation from red hot crystals into delicate glassware. Another crafty hotspot worth visiting is Kite Design Studios located on Henrietta Street. The emporium hosts work from five upcoming and current artists and includes open viewings of the working studios and a shop to purchase any wares that may have caught your eye. Your history fix can be taken care of with trips to St Declan’s Church which presides over the city from its hillside location and Reginald’s Tower which has been bestowed the title of ‘oldest complete building in Ireland.’ Whilst those who came to Waterford to enjoy Ireland’s stunning scenery will find plenty of cliffside and rural trails to stroll or hike at leisure.
Located 7.4km south-east of the city centre, Waterford Airport is a central aviation port for the south-east of Ireland and can be accessed via bus or car.
IATA code: WAT
Name: Waterford Airport
Address: Waterford Airport, Killowen, Co Waterford, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 (0)51 846 600
The airport has capacity for 200 cars with the car park located directly outside the terminal building.
The airport is very easy to access from the city thanks to a dedicated bus service that runs from the City Quayside to the airport itself.
After departing your Flybe flight you just need to exit the terminal building to the right and you’ll find a taxi rank with cars that can get you to the city centre in around 15 minutes. A courtesy telephone can be found at the Customer Service desk which you can also use to order a taxi.
There is a Hertz Car Hire provider located within the main airport building so you can climb in the driver’s seat and explore the city your own way.