Guided Walking Tours:
Jack Burtchaell studied archaeology, geography and history in 1982 at the University of Dublin and graduated with honours. Since then, and for the past 21 years, he has been conducting award-winning tours around all of Waterford City and County, taking his charges deep into the history of the region and its many historical buildings and structures. The one-hour walking tour takes visitors right through Ireland's oldest city, and includes two cathedrals, four national monuments and an all round entertaining recount of 1000 years of the county capital's rich and varied history.
Tramore, a seaside town about seven miles south of Waterford, plays host to the premier water park in all of south east Ireland. Featuring a bubble pool, indoor and outdoor water slides, a paddling pool, rapids, splash slides, wild wave machine, water cannons and a 25m pool, there's plenty to keep the family entertained. Swimming lessons are available and the facilities include a full gym and steam room, along with the usual therapy equipment, and a dance studio.
Tramore also has a reputation amongst the world's surfing community as an excellent surfing location, with first rate breaks, that also allows surfers to head to Killmurren Cove when the weather gets rougher. This has led to the establishment of many surfing stores and schools, two of the best being Oceanics Surf School and Freedom Surf School. Oceanics works out of the Red Cottage by the sea and is run by a husband and wife team who offer surfing classes to all ages and levels of experience. Freedom can be found on the Beach Lane, is a larger outfit and, besides surf classes, offers stand up paddle boarding, Nordic walking, body boarding and blow-karting.
Ardmore & Dunmore Adventures:
For visitors with an even greater sense of daring, Co. Waterford has just what you are looking for. On Ardmore's Whiting Bay, about forty miles from Waterford, and the beach at Dunmore, just nine miles south, are two of the region's finest adventure experience facilities. Ardmore Adventures supplies exciting activity courses like archery, paddle boarding, rock climbing, sea kayaking, surfing and snorkelling, while Dunmore also offers archery, climbing, kayaking and surfing, along with canoeing, caving, cliff diving, power-fan free-falling, and sailing. Both can accommodate different categories of age and experience, and make the most of their picturesque surroundings.
If a more relaxing way of passing the time is required, the various beaches that surround the village of Ardmore may suit. There's the Main Beach, Whiting Bay, the Curragh, Goat Island and the stunning Ballyquin Beach. Fewer than three miles from from the village, this secluded and sheltered spot is blessed with soft sand and clear waters, making it a popular location for swimmers, as well as walkers, fishing enthusiasts and campers. There are plenty of tide pools and rock pools for kids to explore and a small car park close by.