Wonderful Waterford: Setting Up Home in Ireland’s Oldest City

View of Tramore Beach from a grass hill overlooking the sea and around the bay.

30 Mar 2017

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Did you know Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city? This south-eastern gem was founded by the Vikings more than a thousand years ago, and still blends a historical feel with a vibrant modern atmosphere. Situated where the rivers Barrow, Nore, and Suir enter the sea, the town’s unique location makes it a perfect base for water lovers. And it’s economical too. In 2016, Waterford was listed as the second most affordable city to buy a home in the world. Yup, living here definitely means you get some serious bang for your buck. Read on to find out what’s on offer if you decide to make your home in this underrated Irish city.

Life’s a Beach

If you love a seaside stroll, Waterford is pretty much heaven on earth. From the miles of golden sand at Woodstown to the crystal-clear waters of the blue flag beach at Tramore, this part of the country has beaches to rival anything in Ireland. Why not give snorkelling a go at Dunmore East or try and spot some peregrine falcons on a bracing cliff walk from Ardmore? In Waterford, it’s all a stone’s throw away.

Get Yourself Connected

It may have an endearingly out of the way feel, but Waterford is well-served with transportation links to the rest of the country. Dublin is just a short trip up the M9 Motorway and direct road routes to Cork and Limerick are also easily accessible. If you prefer public transport, the town’s train station connects to most major cities and Waterford is also serviced by a number of bus operators.

Family Fun

If you’re a family moving to Waterford, you’re in luck. Located right in the city, The People’s Park has plenty to keep everyone occupied including a children’s playground and skateboarding park. And when you’re not exploring the local beaches, rainy day boredom can be kept at bay with a trip to one of the many indoor play centres on offer - or dive straight in at indoor waterpark Splashworld.

Entertaining the children in Waterford

Active Inspirations

From dodgeball to ju-jitsu and indoor climbing, Waterford has a vast selection of sports and activities clubs to get you off the couch and meeting people in the community. And its proximity to the sea means water-based activities are especially popular with locals, so why not try your hand at sailing or rowing? If you’re feeling particularly brave, the city even has its own competitive roller derby league. But be warned, these souped-up skaters take no prisoners.

Dining with Star Quality

Waterford’s food scene has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, but the crown jewel of local dining is without a doubt the Michelin-starred House Restaurant at Cliff House Hotel. With a menu of local ingredients given a modern twist, including some stunning seafood to accompany the magnificent ocean views from the dining room floor, this place has a serious wow factor. But if that sounds a little out of your budget, there’s plenty of more affordable fare around the city – from delicious lunches at The Granary to classic Italian at Emiliano’s on High Street. Check out the Eat Waterford guide for a full flavour of the cuisine on offer.

Dining in Waterford

Talking Business

Throughout history, Waterford’s port has brought prosperity to the area - with the world-renowned Waterford Crystal standing out as a shining example. These days, the city is home to a host of multinational companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Bausch & Lomb, Nypro Healthcare, Sanofi, West Pharmaceuticals, Hasbro, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Honeywell International. If you are already a business owner or just starting out, why not take advantage of the range of business support agencies available in Waterford?

Culture Vultures Rejoice

History buffs will be in their element living in Waterford, with a host of museums to get lost in at the weekends. In the Viking Triangle alone, you have the Viking Museum, Medieval Museum and Bishop’s Palace Museum all within walking distance. For acting aficionados, there are also three theatre companies and several performance spaces dotted around the city - showing everything from classic plays to cutting-edge modern drama. A trip to the manicured Lismore Castle Gardens is also a must. Rising from the greenery on the river’s edge, the castle is given a unique feel by the striking modern sculptures and contemporary art gallery now housed in the grounds.

Lismore Castle in Waterford

Are You Searching for Your Dream Home?

The first step to finding your dream home is figuring out what kind of mortgage you can afford. Check out the AIB mortgage calculator which will quickly give you an estimation. Or make an appointment to speak to your local mortgage advisor who can guide you through your options.

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