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Ardmore Round Tower

Ardmore Church and Round Tower the first monastery was founded in Ardmore by Saint Declan, a pre-Patrician Saint in the 5th century and the ruins remaining are Saint Declans oratory, the 'Cathedral', a 12th century round tower and two ogham stones. The Cathedral, which consists of a nave and chancel, was built during the 12th century in three phases. The main feature of this church is the arcading on the west face. The round tower which was built in the 12th Century stands at 29 metres high and is comprised of four floors. The round tower was to serve as a refuge for inhabitants of the settlement and was also used a safe storage location for their various possessions, which would have included books, chalices etc.


Dungarvan Castle

Dungarvan Castle


Lismore Castle & Gardens

Lismore Castle & Gardens

Lismore Castle has been the Irish home of the Dukes of Devonshire since 1753 and is one of the most spectacular castles in Ireland. Situated in a panoramic position overlooking the Blackwater Valley it has views over rolling, wooded hills to the Knockmealdown Mountains beyond. To the South, the Heritage Town of Lismore is a mere two minute walk away. When the Duke and his family are not staying the castle is available to hire, fully staffed


Cappoquin House & Gardens

Cappoquin House & Gardens

Cappoquin House & Gardens is an 18th century Georgian Cappoquin House in the centre of town. The house and gardens enjoy magnificent views over the Blackwater. The Keane Family has lived in Cappoquin House for over 200 years. Cappoquin House and Gardens are opened to the public from April to July each year. Open all year for tours by appointment. For further enquires contact Sir Richard Keane.


Reginald's Tower Museum

Reginald's Tower Museum

Reginald's Tower Museum, the building has been described as the oldest tower of mortared stone in Europe. It was erected by and takes its name from Reginald Maclvor, Danish Govener of Waterford in 1003 A.D. It has been used as a fortress, a prison, a military stores depot, a mint, and an air raid shelter. Presently, it houses the City's civic and maritime museum. The exhibits include the colourful regalia of the Corporation and a collection of Royal Charters bestowed on the city by 11 English Monarchs.


Waterford Castle, The Island, Ballinakill.

Waterford Castle, The Island, Ballinakill, Co Waterford

Waterford Castle is unique, set on an isle of 300 acresin the middle of the river Suir, a short private ferry from the mainland, and its history stretches back to the 11th Century. This sheltered isle was once home to the Fitzgeralds who during the 15th & 16th Centuries governed most of the south of Ireland and used Waterford Castle as their leisurely retreat. The original Norman tower was rebuilt in the 15th Century and forms the centrepiece of the present castle, which was substantially added to throughout the 19th Century. An imposing sight, this much visited megalith of international renown, has two capstones which is common to the area. Dating from the 16th Century, the exquisite Waterford Castle is situated on its own island, adjacent to a challenging 18-hole championship golf course 6 miles downstream from Waterford City. It has been transformed into a comfortable and luxurious hotel.

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