Reginalds Tower, Waterford
Waterford is the oldest City in Ireland - indeed, it is the oldest city in the British Isles!
Parts of the original walls and towers of the old city remain standing to this day, and pride of place i taken by Reginald's Tower, which now houses a museum.
Reginald's Tower is one of the 6 surviving towers of the original 17 that were part of the city walls. The bottom floors date to the late 12th century, the top two floors to the late 15th/early 16th century. The name is believed to come from an earlier Viking fortification here built by Regnall, the 1st Norse king of Waterford and son of Ivan the Boneless.
You can't go up to the top for the view but you can walk through the various levels of the tower and have a look at the displays on Waterford's history and a display on the coins made here when it was a mint. Other uses of the Tower include being used as an arsenal and a jail.
Admission is included on the Heritage Card.
Waterford's oldest building (12th C.) and built on the site of an original Viking tower, Reginald's Tower is the only remaining one of more than a dozen that formed the city's defences in medieval times. Nowadays it houses a museum detailing it's history as a defensive structure, mint and prison as well as a little bit about the Vikings in Waterford.
Photo soon.....it's part of the old Viking defensive city walls of Waterford and it;s still standing today. It's possible to go into the tower during the tourist season.