Lismore & Surrounds
Lismore Town is one of Waterford's oldest towns and, as winner of Ireland's Tidiest Small Town in 2010, Lismore is proud not only of its ancient and historic heritage, but also of its natural beautiful location in the heart of the River Blackwater Valley.
The Waterford Garden Trail features 15 different garden attractions throughout Waterford (one of which is Lismore Castle public gardens).
Castle and Heritage Sites
- Blarney Castle - situated just north of Cork City; this castle is famous for the 'Blarney stone', reputed to confer eloquence on all who kiss it!
- Cahir Castle - an imposing 15th century structure.
- Kilkenny Castle - over 900 years old, it overlooks the River Nore in the heart of the bustling city.
- The Rock of Cashel - this National Monument of Ireland is the ruins of a large cathedral, ancient round towers and a romanesque chapel perched on a dramatic outcrop of rock where St Patrick converted the local king, Aenghus in the 5th century.
The newly opened House of Waterford Crystal Museum is a wonderful place to visit. See exquisite pieces of crystal made before your very eyes and view the largest collection of Waterford Crystal in the world.
St Carthage's is nearby and well worth a visit. St Finbarr's Cathedral in Cork City stands on the oldest site in Cork . Guided tours are available.
There are numerous excellent beaches within 20-30 minutes of the castle; the best are in the Ardmore area, particularly Whiting Bay, Goat Island and Ballyquin.
Mitchelstown Caves are situated off the N8 and are within 40 minutes of the castle. These massive limestone caverns, with impressive array of stalagmites and stalactites, are fascinating.
Heritage Centres & Museums
- Lismore Heritage Centre - audio visual presentation describing the history of the town founded in 636AD.
- Waterford Museum of Treasures - houses many fine artefacts and audio visual presentation of Waterford's buidlings and artefacts dating back to the 12th century.
- The Old Midleton Distillery - audio visual presentation and guided tours of the world famous old Jameson Distillery.
- Cobh Heritage Centre - multi-media permanent exhibition depicting the story of over 2.5 million peoples who emigrated from Ireland during the famine years.
- Cork City Gaol - waxworks exhibition depicting life in Cork prison during the 19th century.
- Bru Boru Heritage Centre, Cashel - restaurant, craft shop and theatre.
- Dunbrody Heritage Ship, New Ross - visitor centre and famine ship.
Fota Wildlife Park, Cobh - over 70 acres of parkland with giraffes, cheetahs, llamas, monkeys and much more.