Waterford Museums

There are three Museums in the Viking Triangle situated in the heart of Ireland’s oldest city.  Three museums within a few paces of each other tell the 1100 year old story of Waterford from its foundation in 914 by Viking sea pirates.

The massive stone fortress Reginald’s Tower houses Waterford’s Viking Treasures.  Ireland’s only Medieval Museum showcases spectacular Treasures from the Middle Ages.  The elegant 1743 Bishop’s Palace is the home of the Treasures of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Waterford’s Medieval Museum, as the name suggests,  tells the story of life in the city during the era and incorporates several preserved medieval structures within its walls, not least the beautiful Chorister’s Hall.  Carefully preserving several medieval structures within its walls, the Museum was opened to the public on Friday 24th August 2012.

Reginald’s Tower is a circular defence tower, set in Waterford City’s historic Viking Triangle. It was built at the beginning of the 13th century. At various stages in its rich history, Reginald’s Tower has been used as a mint, prison and military store.

Waterford city boasts the finest collection of 18th Century architecture of any city in Ireland outside of Dublin. Its great legacy from this era includes elegant architecture, silverware and of course, fine glassmaking. This period of elegance began in Waterford in 1741 when the Anglo-German architect Richard Castles designed the wonderful Bishop’s Palace.