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Top 5 Things To Do In Waterford

Many claim that Waterford is one of Ireland’s hidden gems. The county has plenty of history as it is Ireland’s oldest city. As old as it is, there are plenty of things to do. Here are our top 5!

1. Copper Coast

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In 2001, Waterford’s Copper Coast was announced as a European Geopark. Then in 2004, it was announced as a UNESCO Global Geopark. With steep cliffs and rolling hills, the Copper Coast has beautiful scenery. If you love finding breathtaking views and love to hike, then this is the spot for you!

2. Curraghmore House

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Curraghmore House sits on over 2500 acres of land and is enclosed by beautiful woodland and gardens. Built in 1177, it is Ireland’s largest private dwelling. Amazingly, the dwelling first occupied the la Poer family, and to this day, it still does. Tours of the house and gardens are available and the grounds are open to the public.

3. Mount Congreve Gardens

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Featuring 70 acres of abundant plant life, Mount Congreve Gardens is the place to go for any plant lover. With displays that move through all of the seasons, Mount Congreve Gardens have been described as one of the greatest gardens in the world. The collection of plant life consists of over 3,000 different trees and shrubs, over 2,000 Rhododendrons, 600 Camellias, 300 Acer cultivars, six hundred conifers, 250 climbers and 1,500 herbaceous plants.

4. An Rinn

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If you have an interest in the Irish language, there is nowhere better to go than a functioning Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area). An Rinn, a stunning peninsula in Waterford, is one of the last remaining Gaeltacht areas in Ireland. Despite a strong British presence in nearby Cork town Youghal, Irish in An Rinn flourished. If you want to visit, you will need to know some Irish, as often people in the Gaeltacht areas don’t speak English.

5. Clonea Beach

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Clonea Strand is located approximately 5km outside Dungarvan in County Waterford. It is a long and wide sandy beach with fantastic views and scenic walks. Life guards are present at the beach throughout the summer months and more information can be found on the notice boards located at the beach. The beach has received the International Blue Flag award for 2018.

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