With lots of beautiful sunshine in Waterford, in south-east Ireland at the moment, I decided to check out the new summer ''Waterford Tours ''Sightseeing City Traiin''.
This is a new venture, only launched this year, to bring some fun to the city and be educational at the same time. It is a perfect attraction for all, especially families and school groups.
As the train arrived in Barronstrand Street, with bell ringing, my wife Marian and I were greeted by the smiling train driver, Michael Haley, who welcomed us aboard this charming, brightly coloured road train. We Settled into our cosy carriage with some other families and our guide John handed us an information-packed map of the city with all the interesting historic points highlighted.
It was a real fun experience being transported through the streets and all along the route, pedestrians and shoppers alike were constantly waving us by.
The tour guide gave a commentary on the almost 1,100 year old history of Waterford and it really is a fantastic story. His depth of knowledge was amazing. On our route we passed many fabulous historic buildings, including the famous Reginald's Tower (built in 914). Many of the old city walls and Watch Towers are still standing after hundreds of years and are now carefully preserved.
The train journey takes about 35-40 minutes but once you have paid your fare, you can hop on at any time of the day.
Waterford is Irelands oldest city and is older than ALL of the Northern European cities with the exception of London and Paris.
Waterford has re-invented itself in recent years and now boasts many very interesting and newly developed attractions which is already drawing bigger numbers of tourists to this ancient city. World famous for its House of Waterford Crystal, the beautifully restored Bishops Palace, The Medieval Museum, The 19th century Theatre Royal, City Hall, Reginalds Tower, 13th century Franciscan Friary, Christ Church Cathedral, Art Galleries and many old ruins, some dating back to the 12th century - and all within a one mile radius. The centre of the city area is called the Viking Triangle.
Andhey, did you know that the Irish Tricolour flag was first flown in Ireland in Waterford City from the window of 33 The Mall in 1848 by Irish patriot Thomas Francis Meagher.
The road train runs every day throughout the summer months and is well worth checking out. Bring the kids, its great fun . . . whoooo whoooo
I've attached a link to a little Video I did of the train if you would like to check it out.
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