Things to Do in Waterford

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Our bed and breakfast accommodation in Bunmahon is the ideal base from which to explore Co. Waterford.

Copper Coast B&B is situated on the coast with many lovely beaches to be enjoyed.

Waterford Greenway

Waterford is now home to a fantastic 46km long walking and cycle off road pathway Waterford Greenway.

The Greenway is constructed over a disused railway line between Waterford City and Dungarvan taking in a spectacular route with coastal, mountain and historical scenery, Waterford Greenway is an excellent day out for families or couples whether walking for cycling.

The Waterford Greenway has an easy going gradient and plenty of rest and refreshment opportunities along the way.

Copper Coast B&B is 10 Kms. from the  nearest Greenway entrance point to us at Kilmacthomas village which is the centre point of The Greenway and is known as the “Heart of the Greenway”.  We are approx. 12 Kms. from Durrow.  Cycle hire is available at both Kilmacthomas & Durrow.

You can read more about the Greenway in our comprehensive guide.

Co. Waterford

Copper Coast Mini Farm
All the family will enjoy a visit to the Copper Coast Mini Farm. As well as the animals there is plenty for the children to enjoy with sand pits, buckets and spades and toy tractors. Relax with a cuppa and home baking at the Copper Kettle Tea Rooms.

Fenor Bog is a fen bog located beside the Church in the village of Fenor. Car park located just behind the Church, when in the car park be sure to look at the beautiful carving in the Church Graveyard by John Hayes, Special Branch Carvings. You can stop for refreshments at nearby Ní Bhriaín Café.

Tramore is a very popular family resort, well known for its beautiful beach. There are lots of activities to be enjoyed, such as surfing, children’s play areas, golf, golf driving range, splashworld. In summer the amusement park is open.

Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens  lafcadiohearngardens.com

These beautiful gardens depict the life Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo), who grew up in Ireland and travelled to several parts of the world. Follow his life’s journey through the Victorian Garden, the American Garden, the Greek garden and finally the Japanese gardens. The gardens are a place of peace and beauty.

Waterford & Suir Valley Railway 

Enjoy a trip on the Suir Valley Railway located at the old Kilmeaden Railway Station and experience the beauty of the Suir Valley and the River Suir.  Relax with a cuppa in the Whistlestop Café.

Nearby is the beautiful Mount Congreve Gardens and is well worth a visit. It features one of the largest collections of plants in Ireland as well as a visitor centre and cafe.

From Bonmahon travelling west the first cove is Ballydowane which has a beautiful beach and is ideally suited for walking and sunbathing. It is very popular for fishing also.

Continuing on and taking a left turn you will come to Ballyvooney Cove, where the Cirolo Morus was wrecked in 1926.

Stradbally is a picturesque village and the local community work hard and can be very proud of their success in the Tidy Towns Competition over the years. The village won the Gold Medal in the Entente Florale Competition in 2002. The square with its sundial is particularly attractive. The pre reformation Church is being conserved and work is ongoing. The Barron Hall has been renovated to a very high standard in keeping with its heritage and is an excellent resource for the community. A short walk from the village is the beautiful Stradbally Cove. There is a looped walk from the village, distance of 4.6Km, which passes by Ballyvooney Cove. The children’s playground is another amenity in the village.

Dungarvan is a thriving market town with lots to do from shopping to dining, with many interesting attractions. Waterford County Museum, based at The Old Town Hall in St. Augustine Street, recounts the history of the area. John’s Castle is also of interest. A memorial to those who died in the First World War has been erected here. The Old Market House Arts Centre is one of Dungarvan’s oldest buildings and hosts exhibitions by local, national and international artists

While in Dungarvan it is just a short drive to the Ring Gaeltacht and Helvick Head.

Cappoquin is located on the head of the Blackwater River Estuary. Nearby is the Cistercian Monastery at Mount Mellerary which was founded in 1832.

The Vee is a beautiful scenic drive through the Knockmealdown Mountains. Mitchelstown Caves is a short diversion from your route.

Lismore Heritage Town is well worth a visit. Popular attractions are Lismore Castle, Lismore Heritage Centre and St. Carthages Cathedral.

Ardmore lies to the west of the county and is famous for its 12th century Round Tower and also its monastic settlement founded by St. Declan. For those who like walking the Cliff Walk will be enjoyed.

The Nire Valley is also a very popular scenic route, an ideal area for walking and horse riding.

Curraghmorehouse.ie near Portlaw is the historic home of the 9th Marquis of Waterford. His ancestors (the de la Poers) came to Ireland from Normandy after a 100-year stopover in Wales around 1170.  Some 2,500 acres of formal gardens, woodland and grazing fields make this the largest private demesne in Ireland and one of the finest places to visit in Ireland.

Waterford City
Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland. The Viking Triangle takes you back to the time of the Vikings.

Visit Reginald’s Tower to hear how Reginald the Viking founded the city in 914. Visit Christ Church Cathedral where Strongbow and Aoife were married in 1170.

Greyfriars Friary was founded in 1240 and was closed 300 years later by King Henry VIII.

Visit the 13th century Choristers’ Hall and the 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault at waterfordtreasures.com and see the treasures on display in the Museum galleries.

The Bishop’s Palace tells the story from 1700 to 1970.

Waterford is famous for its crystal and the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre offers guided tours.

The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity and Christ Church Cathedral were both designed by John Roberts.

There are many restaurants/cafés throughout the City as well as plenty of shops in which to browse.

Walks

Trail cards for various walks around the Copper Coast can be downloaded from the Copper Coast Geopark Website. Annestown Heritage Trail podcast is also available here.

Anne Valley Walk follows the Anne River from Dunhill Village to Annestown, passing near to Dunhill Castle.

The Comeragh Mountains is ideal for walkers. For those who like a leisurely walk and one suitable for all the family parking is available near the beautiful Mahon Falls and the walk to the Falls is very attractive with lovely views.

The Glacial Corrie lake at Coumshignan  is one of the most impressive glacial lakes anywhere in Europe. Said by locals to be bottomless, it is framed by 300 metre high cliffs and filled with dark mysterious-looking water which runs off peat bogs higher in the mountains.

Surfing is very popular with Bunmahon & Tramore beaches being ideal locations.

Golfing
Golf is well catered for in County Waterford. There are three golf courses around Dungarvan, West Waterford Golf and Country ClubGold Coast Golf Club and Dungarvan Golf Club, known as the Golfing Triangle. Further west is Lismore Golf Club.

Golf Clubs also at Waterford Golf Club,  Waterford CastleTramoreDunmore East and Faithlegg. Williamstown Golf Course is a municipal golf club.

Fishing

The Suir and Blackwater rivers are renowned for salmon and trout.

Shore fishing for bass, flounder at Ballydowane, Bunmahon, Kilfarrassey and Stradbally;

Dunabrattin Head is popular for rock fishing.

Fly fishing on Carrickavantry and Ballyscanlon Lakes, Knockaderry Reservoir and Ballyshunnock Reservoir: Permits available from Centra Supermarket, Kilmeaden.

Deep sea angling boats available for hire at Dungarvan and Dunmore East;

Horse Riding
There are many facilities for horse riding around the county.

What is The Waterford Greenway?

A lot of our guests have heard of Waterford’s fantastic Greenway but may not know what it actually is. After several guests have asked us this question, we decided to put together this short explanation and guide to Waterford’s wonderful Greenway.

Waterford Greenway is a 46km (29 miles) off-road cycle and walking path that runs end to end from Waterford City to the town of Dungarvan. It’s suitable for walkers and cyclists and has many points of entry and exit along the way. The Greenway is built on the now disused line of the Waterford to Dungarvan railway.

How to Get on to the Greenway?

There are multiple access points for the Greenway both at either end as well as along its length.

You can get onto the Greenway in Dungarvan and bike hire is available.

From Waterford City, the Greenway is accessible from just outside the City itself.

A great place to access the Greenway on the city side is from WIT’s west campus, at Carriganore, only a short spin from the city centre. Here there is parking for nearly 400 cars.

Along its length, there are many more places to get on and off the Greenway and park your car. The midpoint of the Greenway is located at the village of Kilmacthomas. 

Kilmacthomas (known locally as “Kilmac”) has multiple Greenway entry points as well as ample parking facilities. Kilmacthomas is the true “Heart of the Greenway” and is a popular starting point to explore the Greenway in either direction. It’s our recommended point of access as it is just 10 Kms. from Copper Coast B&B.

There are several other access points along the Greenway. A great map of all of the Greenway access points can be found here https://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/images/GIS/Greenways/WaterfordGreenway2017Map.pdf

What Kind of Bike Do I Need and Do I Need to Bring One with Me?

You don’t need to be a pro cyclist or have a bike made of super lightweight carbon fibre to enjoy the Greenway. In fact, you don’t even need to own a bike at all to have a great time cycling the Greenway as bike hire is available.

Along its length the Waterford Greenway is mostly flat or has a very slight up or down hill gradient and is paved along its entire length. This makes it incredibly easy to cycle. Waterford Greenway is suitable for cyclists of all levels.

As long as your bike is mechanically sound and safe and you have the necessary safety gear (helmet) you are good to go.

If you don’t own a bike you can rent one. Bike, bike trailers, electric bikes and safety gear can be rented in Dungarvan and Waterford as well as in Kilmacthomas https://www.waterfordgreenwaybikehire.com  and Durrow http://www.thegreenwayman.com

Some companies have a shuttle bus with pick up points in Waterford, Kilmacthomas & Dungarvan so you can decide how much of the Greenway you would like to cycle. This makes doing the full 46km entirely feasible for many people.

Is the Greenway suitable for families?

The Waterford Greenway is absolutely suitable for families! Whether walking or cycling the Greenway is a perfect activity for the whole family.

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It’s important to note, that when cycling, you should take care to ensure that anyone you bring onto the Greenway can control their bike and keep in mind that families and small children use it.

Greenway Tips

Cycle/walk on the left, pass on the right

If there’s one rule on the Greenway it’s this “Cycle/walk on the left, pass on the right.” This is universal throughout the world of Greenways and is the same whether walking or cycling.

Leave no trace 

Bring sufficient water and snacks with you but also please bring your rubbish home or put it in a bin. There are bins at various points along the Greenway.

Keep your dog on a leash 

If you are bringing your canine friend make sure to keep it on a leash and please remember to pick up after your dog.

While it might seem like a good place to let a dog go, a collision between a cyclist and a dog is something nobody wants.

It’s not a race track 

If you cycle a lot please don’t be tempted to cycle fast on the Greenway and keep in mind many families with small children use it as well as those who may not cycle often.

The Greenway is a resource to be enjoyed by all. While it’s possible to go fast, it’s not fair or safe to cycle at top speeds along its length.

Are There Toilets and Cafes on the Greenway? 

Yes, there are. Public toilets are present at some of the entry and exit points.  

There are also high quality cafe and/or restaurant facilities at various points along the Waterford Greenway. 

If you need a lift to the Waterford Greenway this can be arranged if you contact us in advance and if you need any help regarding bike hire please let us know.