Waterford and Southeast Ireland

Cahir Castle, County Tipperary, Ireland
Cahir Castle, County Tipperary, Ireland

Southeast – Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford & Wexford

Known as the “Sunny Southeast,” the Counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford feature spectacular beaches, ancient castles and fun historical attractions. This area is one of Ireland’s most popular vacation destinations. Fun attractions include: Altamont Gardens, Cahir Castle and The Rock of Castle, Carrickmacross Lace Gallery, Doncannon Fort, Dunmore Cave, Hook Lighthouse, Midleton Distillery, Kilkenny Castle, Saint Canices Cathedral, and House of Waterford Crystal.

Map of Ireland Counties, Ireland
Southeast Ireland - featured in purple on the map above

Waterford

Waterford city is the oldest city in Ireland. Waterford is famous for its magnificent House of Waterford Crystal. Take a Private Factory Tour and see how their stunning crystal is made. Visit Waterford’s Medieval Museum and learn about the city’s ancient history.

Wexford

County Wexford is Ireland’s sunniest county, famous for miles of beautiful beaches that stretch along its coastline. The combination of sandy beaches and fun water sports makes it a great family vacation destination. Wexford is home to the annual Wexford Festival Opera. The annual event (dating back to 1951) takes place in October and November, drawing opera lovers from around Ireland and the world.

Southeast Ireland Attractions

  • Altamont Gardens – known as Ireland’s most romantic garden.
  • Cahir Castle – one of the largest castles in Ireland. And one of the country’s most visited Heritage sites. The castle is located on a rocky island in the River Sur in County Tipperary.
  • Carrickmacross Lace Gallery – popular with international designers and royalty. Carrickmacross Lace was used on the late Princess Diana’s wedding dress.
  • Doncannon Fort
  • Dunmore Cave
  • Grannagh Castle – the 13th century Norman castle is known locally as “Granny” Castle.
  • Hook Lighthouse – one of the world’s oldest lighthouses. It’s located on Hook Head, at the tip of the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford.
  • Huntington Castle & Gardens – built in 1625. Tour the castle and its gardens.
  • Kilkenny Castle – tour the restored castle, located in Kilkenny City.
  • Midleton Distillery – Ireland’s largest distillery and home of Jameson Irish whiskey.
  • Rock of Cashel – Celtic cathedral, round tower and church remains.
  • Roscrea Castle – 12th century castle, located in County Tipperary.
  • Saint Canices Cathedral
  • House of Waterford Crystal

Book Waterford and Southeast Ireland Sightseeing Tours & Day Trips

Take a fun House of Waterford Crystal Guided Factory Tour. See the step-by-step process of crystal making. Enjoy shopping at Waterford’s retail store. It features the world’s largest displays of Waterford Crystal. Book a Day Trip to see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. 

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Waterford Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips and Fun Things To Do

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The Best Time To Visit Ireland

Anytime is a good time to visit Waterford and Southeast Ireland. Temperatures are moderate year-round. Peak tourist season is in the summer (June through August), so expect crowds. May and September are great times to visit. Spring can also be a busy time (St. Patrick’s Day Festivals and Parades). Ireland is one of the wettest countries in Europe. Rain can be expected year-round, so be sure to pack an umbrella and a light windbreaker jacket, whenever you’re planning to visit.