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DISCOVER THE SECRETS BEHIND THE TREASURES OF IRELAND'S OLDEST CITY..... Located within a few paces of each other, the multi-award-winning museums tell the 1,100-year-old story of Waterford from its foundation in 914 AD by Viking sea pirates.

all Museums are open today [Monday]

Mostly from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM [Monday]see opening times

Welcome to Waterford Treasures

The only dedicated Museum Quarter on the island of Ireland.

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Welcome to Waterford Treasures!

Plan your visit

Whether you are a first-time visitor or regular visitor, it's always important to plan your visit. Here we have some top tips from our team of experts to help you enjoy your time at the Waterford Treasures.

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Our team here at Waterford Treasures are on hand to assist you with any questions you may have.

Our museums have different opening times, prices, addresses & facilities.

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Visit Ireland's Oldest City

one stay,
one itinerary

Reputed to be Ireland’s oldest city – Waterford is certainly richly decked in Viking tales, architecture, finery and folklore.

Waterford in 1 day: Explore Ireland’s Oldest City in One Day

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Founded in 914 AD by Vikings from Norway, Waterford City is over 1100 years old making it Ireland’s oldest City. Today, Waterford is a vibrant and picturesque city that has managed to carefully maintain its important heritage, while also having a lively and modern shopping area, filled with cafes, award winning restaurants and an excellent mix of traditional, local and contemporary pubs.

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Waterford in 2 days: Discover our City and Country experience over two days

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Waterford Treasures and Mount Congreve Gardens – Two gems in Ireland’s Ancient East.

From the countryside to the city, discover 1000 years of history in 1000 paces in Ireland’s first open-air museum – Waterford Treasures. Featuring the largest private collection of plants globally, Mount Congreve is one of the most famous gardens in Ireland.

This two-day experience will leave you with a rich understanding of Waterford’s heritage and make for an unforgettable visit to Ireland’s South East.

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Uncover Ireland's Ancient East

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Experience Ireland’s Ancient East where vibrant history and modern life meet. Enjoy memorable food experiences, wander down the cobbled streets of medieval towns and explore the gorgeous gardens of this scenic region.

Hear local legends and mythical tales of the east of Ireland on a lively walking tour or travel back in time at an ancient monastic site. Head on an epic mountain hike and after, experience the cultural riches of the incredible cities.

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Waterford and Wine Through the Centuries

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The Viking Slave Trade in Ireland

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Inaugural ‘Waterford International Festival of Time’ announced coming May 2022

A must visit

This is a great small museum and has a great range of artifacts of historical importance, highly recommended when visiting Waterford

Peter White

4 months ago

A memorable visit

Wow..we never expected such a gem in a smaller town….so many unique and ancient items….Henry VIII hat and sword and the cloth of gold vestments.

Dgccouple

4 months ago

Great museum, A must-see for all ages!

No need to worry about lines and DO purchase the Freedom Pass ticket which gives you admission to most of the museums in the Medieval Triangle. It’s only a few Euros more than the single ticket price and you get to see all the important places. All of the staff are welcoming and wonderful. We were there on a Sunday, so basically had few other tourists and could take our time. We also were glad we went to the Bishop’s Palace which is not at all what we thought it would be. We had a wonderful re-enactor perform as the housekeeper to guide us on our tour. So much richer to experience the house this way! I loved the Silver Museum and my husband and I both enjoyed the Time Museum. Thank you to the wonderful staff!

SoFloSoFawny

5 months ago

Don’t miss the Bishop’s Museum, Waterford

The Bishop’s Museum was unexpectedly comprehensive and thought-provoking. We expected to see beautiful vintage Waterford crystal and lovely furnishings, which we did, but the historical displays of Ireland’s role in WWI and Waterford’s role in the Easter Rising were most enlightening. Be sure to check out the excellent and detailed trench emplacement diorama honouring the men of the Irish and Ulster brigades. Not to be missed is the innovative 3-D video presentation dramatizing the history of Waterford crystal. Lovely, friendly, most accommodating ladies staff the museum which also has a pleasant tearoom for lunch too. On the only rainy day of our visit, the Bishop’s Museum was the perfect place to spend a couple of very worthwhile hours.

Anonymous

7 months ago

Iconic Viking stronghold

It was unfortunate that when we visited the exhibition of artefacts had been removed to a Dublin museum due to the restoration of the building. However, it did not detract from the historical significance of this building which is well recorded in guidebooks. Climbing the circular stone staircase up the three levels was well worth it.

Anonymous

4 months ago

Wide range of Irish silversmiths' craftsmanship through the ages

Display of Irish silver freely donated by Irish silver collectors. Excellent presentation with descriptions of each exhibit. The variety of exhibits and the craftsmanship of their makers is exceptional. Also, a video outlining important events in Irish history. The exhibits are sparklingly clean as they are housed in air-tight cases.

Anonymous

4 months ago

A Different Way to Learn About Viking Life!

After dragging my kids to several museums and hikes, I wanted to find something for them to do that was up their alley - and this TOTALLY was! My sons, ages 16, 9 and 9 all were completely absorbed in this unique activity. I wasn't sure what to expect but you just go into a recreated long house and after a short lesson, you put on a VR headset and watch a 30-minute program that teaches you about the Viking History of Ireland and it feels like you're actually living it! It was my first VR experience and I thought it was super well done! Highly recommended for history buffs, especially, or anyone that likes learning in an interactive way.

Anonymous

9 months ago

A unique experience in the heart of the Viking triangle

We accidentally stumbled upon this museum just before last admission. It was one of those happy accidents! We were astonished by this unique museum and its impressive collection of watches and clocks from all around the world and other artefacts. The museum staff was very kind and informative. If you might be hesitating, because you think it‘s a boring museum about clocks, don‘t. It‘s very modern and interestingly made. Even if you don‘t care about the history of the clocks, they are still nice to look at. Also suitable for small children. If you ever happen to be in Waterford, definitely visit this museum! You will find yourself in another world:)

Anonymous

5 months ago

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    Getting there

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    Medieval Museum

    Cathedral Square, The Viking Triangle, Waterford, X91 K10E, Ireland

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    Irish Silver Museum

    Irish Silver Museum, Cathedral Square, Waterford, Ireland

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    The Museum of Time

    Irish Museum of Time, Greyfriar'S, Waterford, Ireland

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    Bishop’s Palace

    Bishop's Palace, The Mall, Viking Triangle, Waterford, X91 E279, IRELAND.

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    King of the Vikings

    King Of The Vikings, Bailey's New Street, Waterford, Ireland

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    Reginald’s Tower

    Reginald's Tower, The Quay, Waterford, Ireland

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