Waterford is the primary city of the South East region of Ireland. Founded in 914 AD by the Vikings, it is country's oldest city and its fifth largest. The city is situated at the head of Waterford Harbour. The city motto Urbs Intacta Manet Waterfordia ("Waterford remains the untaken city") was granted by King Henry VII of England in 1497 after Waterford refused to recognise the claims of the pretenders Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck to the English throne. Waterford is the largest city in Ireland to retain its Viking-derived name, Vedrarfjord. Reginald's Tower is the oldest urban civic building in Ireland, and the oldest monument to retain its Viking name. To this day, it remains Waterford's most recognisable landmark. It is believed to be the first building in Ireland to use mortar.
(Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Killarney, Dingle, Galway, Dublin)
Ireland has a long held arts and crafts tradition that is alive and well throughout the country - particularly in the South and West regions. See the country with an artistic slant as you meet with local artists from various disciplines. Explore the towns, heritage sites and more on this personalised private guided adventure.
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