Bishop's Palace, Waterford

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#1 of 13 in Historic Sites in County Waterford
A fine example of 18th-century architecture and the visionary work of Richard Castles, Bishop's Palace features a museum depicting the history of Waterford. Richard Castles designed several famous homes and buildings throughout Ireland, including the Leinster House in Dublin. Visit this elegant Georgian palace, view its beautiful terraced gardens, and walk through its museum, which was added to the site in 2011 and holds art and artifacts from the 1700s to 1970. Take a tour of the grounds from guides wearing traditional regional costumes for an engaging inside look at Waterford history. Using our international travel planner, Waterford attractions like Bishop's Palace can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Hard to believe that this building was a ruin about ten years ago. it is now beautifully restored, filled with furniture and artefacts of the era. The staff are helpful and full of interesting stories...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Took this tour as part of museum tour package. Was quite interesting with some original exhibits including the oldest piece of Waterford Crystal.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Great place to see with children and learnt a lot about Irish history around Waterford city. The guide was very nice and entertaining and it is close to the Medieval Museum, so children do not get tir...  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    This is one of the best small museums in Ireland. The free tour is excellent. A must for Irish Georgian furniture lovers.
  • June 4, 2017
    Great porridge with fruit and cup of coffee while watching slideshow of old black and white photos of Waterford.
  • April 26, 2017
    Lovely relaxed good coffee and scones just missing some cream to give a bit of finesse

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Where to stay in Waterford

There aren't an overwhelming number of places to stay in the city center of Waterford, so consider looking into options in the surrounding neighborhoods. There are a few hotels, smaller lodgings, and a hostel in the heart of the city--the Norman quarter. However, as you venture outside the city center you'll find many traditional bed and breakfasts, cottage-style guesthouses, and family-owned accommodations. The city is easy to get around, so if you stay in a more commercial area, you will still be able to experience the magic of its medieval streets and fortifications.
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