Historical Walking Tours, Waterford
Every city should have a character like him! Jack has been doing this tours for more around 25 years and if someone knows the city and its history – well, that's him. The tour lasts one hour and is entertaining as well as informative at the same time in a way which seems to be unique to many tour guides of the British Isles.
As of 2015, the tour starts every day at 11:45 am and 1:45 pm every day at the tourist information office close to Reginald's tower. People can join the tour at the Granville Hotel at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm respectively, but will miss the introduction and the first two stops. In my case, I was the only tourist to show up and Jack nevertheless did the tour. I enjoyed it and got a wider idea about Waterford's history, but I was always thinking about how much more enjoyable the tour would be with a group where interatcion can become another factor of entertainment. Nevertheless, the tour was worth more than just the 7,00 EUR (2015) to me. More details can be found on Jack's website of course.
On our bus tour of Ireland we stopped in Waterford at the end of one day. After we checked in to the hotel, we met with Jack our tour guide for an evening walking tour. He gave us the history of the town and it was like a soap opera with all the twists and turns of the plot. He also told us about the city.
Then our group set out to walk around and see the things that he described to us. He showed us where everyone lived and explained about the architecture. He showed us how to look for the blue plaques on the buildings which had information about the places.
My grandson stayed up with the guide, and I lagged along behind taking pictures and sitting on my cane to rest.
The tours are from Mid March to mid October and are about a hour in duration. Normally they are during the day. I suspect that our tour was a special tour because we were more than 10 and the tour was in the evening.
These tours, which run twice a day and last for an hour each, are a terrific way to see the City. They concentrate on the Historical sights which, I'm sure, is fine for most as you can find the shops and pubs on your own;-)
There's one tour just before lunch and one just after lunch. They depart from City Centre locations and at a cost of just €7 per person they represent great value for money. Not only will you see all of our most famous sights, but you will also learn great little historical (and little known) things about the city. Ireland has such a huge wealth of culture, and Waterford in particular has a strong Viking history with existing ancient towers and walls to prove it. How could you not want to go?
Special evening tours can be arranged for coach parties.
There are some remnants of Waterford's Viking/Medieval past just outside the main city centre. Some of the original fort walls of Waterford still exist today like this one, which is located on the Cork road out of Waterford.