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A step back in time

Traveltalk's Jon Underwood gets a taste of the old and new in Waterford

Took a drive south from Kilkenny and ended up in Ireland's oldest city. Waterford dates back to Viking times and was first settled in 914.


The Medieval Museum has an interesting collection of artefacts - including a hat presented by Henry VIII and a set of gold-lined vestments - while Reginald's Tower is part of the old stone walls that once protected the city and formed the Viking Triangle.


In total contrast, a visit to the Waterford Crystal factory allows visitors to watch the master craftsmen at work, blowing, shaping and carving the lead-based crystal. They produce 60,000 pieces a year and make some of the trophies for major sporting events in tennis, golf and the Ashes.

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Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 1 April 2014

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