The best way to begin your exploration of Waterford is to take a Waterford City Walking Tour. Jack Burtchaell, well versed in the history, folklore, and witty anecdotes of the city, conducts an engaging hour-long tour of the old city, leaving daily from the reception area of the Granville Hotel on the Quay. Tours are offered daily at 11:45am and 2pm from March through October and cost €7 for adults. For more information, call Waterford Tourist Services at 051/873711 or vist www.jackswalkingtours.com.
For those who like their history entertaining and fast, the Epic Tour of the Viking Triangle offered by the Waterford tourism office takes in 1100 years of local history in 45 minutes. Enthusiastic costumed guides take you to several points of interest within the so-called “Viking Triangle” of central Waterford, starting at the Bishop’s Palace, and moving swiftly through Reginald’s Tower, the Chorister’s Hall, and Christ Church Cathedral. You don’t get to linger inside any of these places (some you won’t see further than the lobby), so think of it as a whistle-stop history primer, rather than anything in depth. The tour’s raucous style is heavy on audience participation, which may not be to everybody’s taste, but kids will get a kick out of the dressing-up antics and wacky vibe. Tours cost £7 and operate May through September, daily at noon, 2, and 4pm. Meet outside the Bishop’s Palace on the Mall. For more information, see www.waterfordtreasures.com.
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