We provide walking tours from your hotel for
visiting coach groups.
The tour commences and finishes at your hotel reception.
A historic walk is the ideal after dinner treat to provide a fitting
finale to a days coach tour.
To book Ring Jack Burtchaell :(051) 873711 before 5.00 pm (051) 851043
after 5.00 pm; Fax : (051)-850645
Waterford city was founded by the Vikings some 1100 years ago. It had
extensive trading links with Viking settlements overseas.
Later, in the year 1170, the city was taken by the Normans who sealed
their victory by the marriage of their leader Strongbow to Aoifé,
daughter of the King of Lenister. Several Norman monarchs of England visited
the city and it was extended and further fortified by the Normans. The city
was first granted a charter by King John in the year 1215 some months before
he signed the famous Magna Carta.
In the centuries that followed the city was Ireland's chief port for
European trade and the city prospered. Waterford had privileged status and
withstood siege on two occasions in 1487 and in 1492 to maintain it's loyalty
to the Tudors. Administered by an oligarchy of merchant families, civic
office was in the hands of the elite. One merchant James Rice was Lord Mayor
on seven occasions. His macabre tomb is in Christ Church Cathedral. In the
late sixteenth century, Waterford remained intensely catholic and earned
the title Parva Roma..
The power and wealth of the merchant princes was broken in the seventeenth
century by the Cromwellians. The local merchants left to form emigré
communities all across Western Europe. Indeed the city was put up for sale,but
no bids were received. Prosperity returned in the eighteenth century, efforts
were made to attract foreign merchants, and French, Dutch, English and Danish
merchants settled here. The city was Extended along the Quay in 1704. At
this time also the important link with Newfoundland developed. This link
brought wealth to Waterford, and a Waterford colony to Atlantic Canada.
One man above all others is responsible for the city we now know, John
Roberts (1712-1796) an outstanding architect who has stamped his mark on
In the nineteenth century the city was the birthplace of the actor Charles
Kean and the composer William Vincent Wallace, both by coincidence born
in the same house. The first steamship to round the Cape of Good Hope was
the Xenobia built in this City.
Space prevents us from telling you more,so come walking .
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