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5 day trips to enjoy when you study in Waterford, Ireland

5 day trips to enjoy when you study in Waterford, Ireland

Have you heard of Waterford? Did you know it’s the oldest city in Ireland? This beautiful place on the south coast of Ireland was established by the Vikings. The city itself is packed full of interesting places to see and exciting things to do. Here are our tips for day or weekend trips that are easy to do from Waterford that will make you fall in love with Ireland:


Ireland’s capital is easily accessible and not far from Waterford. You can get travel there in around 2 hours by car or 3 hours by a train or coach. It’s perfect for a day or even an overnight trip, as the city if full of places to be explored and is very famous for its vibrant nightlife.


On they way from Dublin back to Waterford we also recommend you stop off in Glendalough. It’s a beautiful valley in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, also called the Valley of Two Lakes. This place offers stunning views and hikes in the breath-taking Irish countryside.

day trips in Ireland - Glendalough


Cork is another well-known Irish city and very different to Dublin, well worth visiting when you’re staying in Waterford. It’s also a 2-hour drive away (the opposite direction to Dublin). Cork is famous as the foodie hub of Ireland, so if you’re after the top culinary experience, you simply have to visit!

Blarney Castle

Day trips in Ireland - Blarney Castle

If you’re into castles and history, make sure to visit Blarney Castle, which is located just a few miles from Cork. It is believed the famous Blarney Stone has some magical powers – check it out and do what all tourists do and kiss the Blarney.


Kilkenny is less than an hour drive to the north of Waterford, so you can easily take an afternoon trip there. This place is home to the amazing Kilkenny Castle, which, together with its gardens and parks, is open to the public.

The Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel often also called Cashel of the Kings or St. Patrick’s Rock is another castle close to Waterford and well worth a visit. The journey from Waterford usually takes just over an hour. The Rock of Cashel sits on a top of a little hill, so a walk to this castle includes some exercise! The audio-visual show and exhibitions available there are definitely worth trying.  

Day trips in Ireland - Rock of Cashel

These are just a few of many day trips you can enjoy when you learn English in beautiful Waterford, in the south of Ireland. This charming city is really conveniently located and offers the perfect setting for your study abroad experience. Waterford English Language Centre offers English language programmes for both, adults and juniors. It’s an ideal place for your next family adventure.  

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