Sunny South Ancient East

- Posted on: 21/04/2016 -

It’s summertime already! When did that happen? Before we know it, we’ll be putting up our Christmas Trees and getting ready for Santa. But before that comes around, there is still plenty of time to tick things off your “bucket list” in Waterford before the summer is out.


Bishops Palace, Waterford City


The remarkable history of Ireland’s Ancient East is a must for those interested in the heritage and history of this great country. Embarking on Waterford’s Viking Triangle in the country’s oldest city and discovering the beautiful scenery Waterford has to offer along the Copper Coast, is the perfect weekend break away in the Sunny South East. Let’s take a look at just a few of the attractions Waterford has to offer.

Ireland’s Ancient East will take you on a journey through time to discover 5,000 years of history. Take a walk through the narrow streets and medieval walls in the famous Viking Triangle which consists of the Medieval Museum that holds the iconic Cloth of Gold Vestments, famous in Northern Europe plus hundreds of other historical artefacts and treasures.
Reginald’s Tower was built in the 13th century and was the city’s defence watchtower that looked over the river Suir to detect enemies attempting to invade the city. It is famous as it is the first meeting point of the Anglo-Norman knight Strongbow and the Irish Princess Aoife. A stone’s throw away is the Georgian Christ Church Cathedral where Strongbow and Aoife famously married, which would change the course of Irish history forever.

Bishops Palace contains a wealth of fascinating artefacts, period furniture, beautiful fireplaces, and a collection of rare and important paintings. It also holds the Penrose decanter, the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal, which dates back to 1789.Opposite The Bishop’s Palace is The House of Waterford Crystal where visitors can witness the creation of crystal masterpieces right before their eyes. A minute’s walk away from Waterford Crystal is where the Irish Tricolour was first unveiled by Waterford man Thomas Francis Meagher at 33 The Mall, in 1848. This historical moment was celebrated in March 2016 as part of the 2016 Commemorations Programme.


Waterford City has an abundance of historical features and attractions that will keep the history enthusiasts busy revelling in all the heritage and ancient discoveries being made. Other than being a bottomless pit of historical reference, Waterford also has a wealth of other attractions for the outdoor adventurers.

Tramore is one of the South East’s most popular destinations for holiday makers while in Waterford. Why not take a walk on the 5km long golden sandy beach, go for a swim in the waves of its Blue Flag beach or take a surfing lesson with the Surfing experts in the Tramore Surf Shop. Not a big beach goer? How about getting in touch with your inner child and enjoy the day at the amusements and arcades for some fun with all the family. Then, to top it all off, finish off with the best Fish & Chips in Waterford at Dooley’s Chipper.

Maybe you were hoping to be treated to the Theatrical side of Waterford. We have that covered too! Garter Lane Theatre and Theatre Royal are the places to be for an entertainment-filled experience. With regular plays, gigs, exhibitions, and performances shown between the two at least once a week, you are sure to find one that tantalises your theatrical taste buds.
Sound interesting? Well I have some good news, if you Book Direct for two or more nights in Treacys Hotel, you will receive a voucher with free entry to 2 local attractions. You can explore our dramatic history with complimentary entry to Waterford Medieval Museum and Bishop’s Palace, before returning to Treacys for a relaxing evening after all the sightseeing is complete.

Treacys Hotel offers live music 7 days a week in Timbertoes Bar during the summer period. The Bar looks out onto the Bridge over the River Suir which was originally built with Timber, which then donned the name Timbertoes Bridge. So while in Waterford why not stop into the traditional Irish bar of the same name for a drink, a bite to eat and some live entertainment.

Treat yourself at Treacys for a Summer Getaway Break with your family or friends. Book Direct for the Best Price Guaranteed at or call us on 051 877222.