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‘Freedom of Waterford’
Visitors can now enjoy a guided walking tour experience from the expert guides at Waterford Treasures, gaining insights to the 1,000 year history of Waterford and Ireland, all within 1,000 paces. Discover the story of the city’s Viking foundations, be inspired by medieval wonders and experience elegant living in Georgian times.
Following the walking tour, the Freedom of Waterford ticket enables each visitor to take a deep dive into their favourite era of Ireland’s heritage with complete access to the Medieval Museum, Bishop’s Palace, and the brand new Irish Museum of Time and the Irish Silver Museum.
At the Medieval Museum visitors can take a step back into 13th and 15th century Waterford and explore the atmospheric underground Choristers’ Hall and the 15th century Wine Vault. Exhibition highlights include the medieval cloth-of-gold vestments and the 1373 Great Charter Roll of Waterford – viewed by Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Ireland.
The Bishop’s Palace Museum is an authentic 18th century Georgian grand residence built in 1743 which is also home to the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal in the world. The spectacular 4D ‘Story of Glassmaking’ is included in the ticket.
The Irish Museum of Time boasts the finest and earliest collection of Irish timepieces in the world. It celebrates the incredible skills of the virtuoso Irish craftspeople who, since the 1600s, created timepieces of remarkable beauty and technological genius. (Opening & accessible from June 15th, 2021).
The Irish Silver Museum features one of the largest collections of Irish silver in the world. It takes the visitor on a journey through Irish history using beautiful, intimate and personal objects to celebrate the grandeur of Ireland’s past in silver from the Vikings to the Victorians.