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Epic Tour

The only tour in Ireland that gives you access to five national monuments (duration 45 minutes). The larger-than-life guide speeds you through the streets and buildings, through 1100 years of Waterford's history from the Vikings to the Victorians.  Indulge your inner actor - you might get to be Strongbow or Aoife and get married, you might be Thomas Francis Meagher flying the Irish flag for the first time in Ireland. 

This guided tour, the ‘Epic Tour’, includes access to five national monuments ranging in date from 1190 to 1783, it is a wonderful way for visitors to get an overview of Irish history both the historic and archaeological treasures and also experience the developments in architecture over a period of a thousand years as visitors traverse the Viking Triangle. We market the experience as ‘From the Vikings to the Victorians -  A thousand years of History in a Thousand Paces’.

The visit includes Reginald’s Tower first mentioned in 1088, Greyfriars Medieval Franciscan friary 1240, Choristers’ Hall 1270, the Mayor’s Wine Vault 1448, the Bishop’s Palace 1743 and if there is not a church service in progress then Christ Church Cathedral 1783 is also included.  It’s a fun engaging tour and includes many props to engage and entertain the visitors with numerous photo opportunities.  This unique tour avoids having you, our guests, walk around in the rain, as most of the time you are indoors being regaled by our professionally trained tour guide.

Epic Tours are run daily during May to September 11.00am, 2.30pm and 4.00pm. Outside of these times the Epic Tour is available all year round for Group Bookings, please contact bookings@waterfordcouncil.ie for more details. The Epic Tour starts at the entrance to the Bishop's Palace.