A two-hour drive south of Dublin, Ireland’s oldest city and seaport was founded by Vikings in 914 AD and features ancient fortifications and medieval relics.
Eat at La Bohème Restaurant & Winebar
Brittany-born chef Eric Théze prepares French cuisine at La Bohème Restaurant & Winebar. While the techniques are French, seasonal, Irish ingredients include Ardsallagh goat cheese and Dunmore East hake. Try the caramelized pork belly with organic greens.
Visit the Medieval Museum
One of the Medieval Museum’s most highly prized artifacts is the cloth-of-gold vestments (clerical garb) made of gold threads and Italian silk from Florence, circa 1460—the only full set of their kind to survive in Northern Europe. The embroidered panels depict Old and New Testament biblical scenes.
Tour the House of Waterford Crystal
Creating fine crystal products since 1783, Waterford Crystal gives visitors an interactive tour of the factory’s production line at House of Waterford Crystal. Craftspeople transform molten crystal into beautiful stemware, chandeliers and sporting trophies.
Go backstage at Theatre Royal Waterford
For more than 220 years, Theatre Royal Waterford, “the people’s theatre,” has presented the work of international artists and playwrights such as Oscar Wilde and Harold Pinter. Book a post-performance, guided backstage tour. Hear legendary behind-the-scenes tales, then explore the passages of this Victorian building.
Shop at Willow and Wild by Bonzie
Boutique Willow and Wild by Bonzie offers a bevy of special-occasion, vintage-inspired accessories for browsing and buying. Don’t leave without one of Bonzie’s statement fascinators; the Irish designer lovingly handcrafts each one.
Ecplore Reginald’s Tower
Vikings built Reginald’s Tower around 1000 AD and it has been in continuous use for more than 800 years. This fortified tower has acted as a mint, a prison and a military storehouse. Take guided tours to learn about ninth-century weaponry and battle tactics.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Dublin once a day from St. John’s.
Visiting Ireland’s Country Pubs
(Video) Music, laughter and rural hospitality are the order of every day in Ireland's cozy country pubs just outside Dublin. On a trip with Rural Tours, drink the perfect pint of Guinness at The Blue Light Pub, watch live dancers at Johnnie Fox’s Pub & Restaurant and eat Irish comfort food at Glenmalure Lodge.