Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ireland Trip Day Five - Waterford

First of all on the fifth day of our trip, we went into Cork city centre to have breakfast at Tara's tea room. I had pancakes and maple syrup which was yummy! We then made a quick detour to look at Jim Cashman's pub because of a family connection. Then we went to the butter museum! Sam was very excited about this, and it was quite interesting, I enjoyed it too.

Jac and I eating breakfast

Milk churns

Old butter wrappers

The museum

We then drove to Tipperary which wasn't actually that far away, and had a little wander round. I was surprised by the amount of free street parking in Ireland, it's good! 

This sculpture is new, hence the orange fencing still around it. 

We then drove to Waterford and checked into the Waterford Marina Hotel which was absolutely gorgeous, I'd recommend it! Our room was huge, right at the top of the hotel, and had beautiful views from windows on three sides. 

View from one window over the river

This wasn't even all of the room

We went to the Waterford Crystal shop which was interesting, then walked round the Viking area of Waterford which included this long boat:

And this little map of the area

I liked this mural

This house belonged to the architect who designed both the Anglican and Catholic cathedrals in Waterford, it's a really pretty Georgian house

We went into the medieval museum which was well worth it, it had loads of artefacts including a relic that is supposedly part of the true cross of Jesus, and a set of vestments that have pure gold thread on them, and which Catholics hid for over two hundred years!

The Waterford motto

The relic of the cross, supposedly

Gorgeous gold vestments

We then drove down to Cheekpoint to look at the river a little bit. It was a really sunny day and the little harbour was very cute. 

I really like photos of old, abandoned boats. 

Honestly it was a bit of a boat graveyard

We also came across this 13th century ruined church which was really pretty. The graveyard was really interesting too, with lots of locals buried there right up to modern times.

And then we accidentally ended up on a ferry! We drove to Passage East to look at the harbour there, and I went down a road and someone made a queue behind me, and then we realised there was a car ferry across the river. So, we got on it. Because why not? We went across to Ballyhack, got a drink in the pub, and watched the ferry go back and forth a bit before we went back over. 

Accidental ferry selfie

A picture of the little ferry from Ballyhack

After the ferry, we drove back to Waterford and had a really amazing three course meal at Sheehan's. The waiter there recognised our accents as being from Yorkshire, hah! Waterford was lovely, I'll definitely go back. 

No comments:

Post a Comment