The oldest city in Ireland, Waterford was established as a settlement by Viking raiders, and since its establishment, it has seen plenty of action as it is so near to the coast.
Waterford hostels centrally located in the city are well within walking distance of food shops and shopping centers and the bus and rail station. There is also an airport. Driving to and around Waterford is not very difficult, as the main motorway runs past the city. While it is the oldest city, it neither the largest nor most popular city in Ireland, however there is plenty to do, day and night in Waterford. The colorful streets are crammed with shops and pubs and a few historical buildings.
Reginald's Tower is a popular attraction for history buffs, because of its long history that runs back into the Viking era. The River Suir (on which Waterford sits) provides access to the sea, and the harbor of Waterford has an important maritime history.
Waterford crystal used to be an important industry in the city, but since the factory was shut down in 2009, they no longer make it. You can still buy Waterford Crystal from smaller shops, however. Be sure to check out the Quay, which stretches for over a mile along the harbor -- it is still an important part of Waterford's social scene. There is also a park in the city, which is nice to walk through on a sunny day (if you're lucky).
If you're driving along the coast of Ireland, Waterford is a good place to stop over between Dublin and Cork. If you're just taking the bus or the train, it's also a fun place to spend the night. It's not too hectic, but there is always plenty going on.
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