Waterford City, Ireland’s oldest city, was established as a base in 914 by the great Viking adventurer, Reginald, a grandson of Ivor the Boneless, as a ships haven. Over the years, Waterford, located on the River Suir with deep sea access from the Irish Sea, has been a seafaring City for cargo as well as Cruise Ships.
The quayside has been developed for modern use but the old Gothic Revival clock tower erected in 1863 and is now a renowned landmark and an attractive feature in the quays landscape. To the east end is the William Vincent Wallace Plaza, a modern open air sculpture and seating area. An old crane, remains of the commercial days, was used to crane on goods to the ships and this lone crane has been preserved to represent the past activities that were carried out on the quays.
I ventured into the Tourist Office (located opposite the William Vincent Wallace Plaza) to find out what I should look at. I spoke to a very friendly and enthusiastic young man who gave me guidance and suggested the “Viking Triangle” and a pop into the renowned Waterford Crystal Factory on the way.
Off I wet. A few hundred yards to the right of the tourist office brought me to “Reginald’s Tower”. Dating back to 914, it houses an exciting Viking exhibition with something to enthuse all ages. Outside is a replica of a Viking Longboat, so slick and beautiful, it is hard to visualize them as a warring machine.