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City Sightseeing Tour

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THE CITY'S GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR

 

WELCOME to Waterford's sightseeing tour on board the RoadTrain. Come with us to see all the attractions of the city. With our fully trained guides onboard, we will provide you with an unique experience in the city.

 

See the Medieval City Walls, Viking Triangle, Reginalds Tower, French Tower, Double Tower, Watch Tower, The Francisan Friary, Bishops Palace, Medieval Museum and Waterford Crystal amongst other fantastic places of interest. Sit in the comfort of a fully enclosed road train where the weather outside does not affect your experience. Have a tour guide paint a picture of what life was like and how the city has changed over the passed 1,100 years.

 

Waterford City will celebrate its 1,100 aniversary in 2014, from its humble beginnings in 914 it is Irelands first and oldest city. Viking raiders first established a settlement near Waterford in 853. It and all the other longphorts were vacated in 902, the Vikings having been driven out by the native Irish. The Vikings re-established themselves in Ireland at Waterford in 914, led at first by Ottir Iarla (Jarl Ottar) until 917, and after that by Ragnall ua Ímair and the Uí Ímair dynasty, and built what would be Ireland's first city. Among the most prominent rulers of Waterford was Ivar of Waterford.

In 1167, Diarmait Mac Murchada, the deposed King of Leinster, failed in an attempt to take Waterford. He returned in 1170 with Cambro-Norman mercenaries under Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke (known as Strongbow); together they besieged and took the city after a desperate defence. In furtherance of the Norman invasion of Ireland, King Henry II of England landed at Waterford in 1171. Waterford and then Dublin were declared royal cities, with Dublin also declared capital of Ireland.