Discovering Ireland’s Oldest City – Waterford City in 24 Hours

I love to make the most of my weekends and if I can escape away for a night of adventure, even better! I was delighted when JJ Kavanagh & Sons approached me about using their non-stop service from Dublin City to Waterford and I jumped at the chance to explore Ireland’s oldest city!

The Journey – JJ Kavanagh’s Dublin-Waterford City Direct Service 

Our day began at 11:30am when my mam and I made our way from Dublin’s George’s Quay down South to Waterford City. Our journey was fantastic. Smooth, comfortable and very pleasant. What was even better was that there was no stops once we left Dublin and we reached Waterford in two hours. I personally didn’t think this was possible and always presumed the train would be quicker, I was proven wrong!


Travelling with JJ Kavanagh’s held nostalgia for us both. It was with JJ Kavanagh’s that my mam used to bring me up to Dublin to get my holiday clothes as a kiddie and she also used to take me up to see the Christmas lights as a child too. Because of this, we both really enjoyed re-tracing an old routine together.

Our Hotel – Dooley’s Hotel Waterford 

On arrival into Waterford City, we were delighted to see that the bus stop was right outside our hotel for the night, Dooley’s Hotel. Dooley’s is a family run 3* hotel and its located on the waterfront and within walking distance to all of the city’s top attractions and shopping districts.


When we arrived in Dooley’s Hotel, we were greeted by the warmest of welcomes and were made feel right at home. I’d describe Dooley’s Hotel as a charming, comfortable hotel with an excellent selection of food (we tried and tested!) and a lovely, friendly team (Special shout-out to Michael Collins who went above and beyond to look after us!).

Our room was very spacious and comfortable and we were delighted to have a view out over the River Suir. If I had to make a comment on our stay in Dooley’s its that the pillows were quite hard compared to other hotels and the breakfast didn’t have a lot of options. I was missing my hash browns and small danishes! These are very minor things though and they didn’t take away from our stay at the hotel.  I’m used to a 4* plus standard and so my expectations are very high. (Notions as my ma would say lol!) I’d absolutely stay here again though!



Waterford City Attractions

Once we enjoyed a bite to eat in the on-site bar at Dooley’s, we headed off for our afternoon of attractions. Our first stop was the Medieval Museum where we not only learnt of Waterford’s history, we got to see many artefacts and relics as well. This was a guided tour and probably my favourite from the trip. It was really educational and quite unbelievable. Seeing old walls, buildings and items from the 12th century and older was pretty incredible and I really enjoyed the tour.


…Act serious or dead I told her…she smiles lol!!


After the Medieval Museum, we crossed the street to the Bishop’s Palace. This was another fascinating tour that involved reenactments and a tour of the Palace. During this tour we learnt of the history of the house and its tenants and the tour guides really were brilliant! My mam enjoyed this tour the most.


After our two brilliant tours, we had just enough time to go back to our hotel and have a quick sit down before our meal out. Of course, in true O’Rourke style, we had time to stop in Penneys along the way! 🙂 I can also happily confirm that Waterford has a brilliant Penneys and it even has an Insomnia inside! My two greatest loves under one roof lol! Bargains and Insomnia Hot Chocolates!! 😀


Saturday Night Dinner at Momo’s Restaurant

Our meal on Saturday night was in Momo’s Restaurant. I loved it here! The restaurant was charming, quirky and it had a lovely warm atmosphere. The staff were also so helpful and we were treated so well. Food wise, you can expect quite a mix of meals with everything from Moroccan chicken wings to steak. We went for the Chicken Supreme and it was divine. The highlight for me though was the in-house made ice-cream! Oh. My. God. I’ve never tasted anything so heavenly in my life!




On Sunday, after a lovely nights sleep in Dooley’s Hotel, we enjoyed a really lovely Irish breakfast and we headed for Waterford Crystal! It was so sunny on Sunday morning so we crossed over the street and walked the 10 minutes or so to Waterford Crystal along the waterfront.




Waterford Crystal Factory Tour

The tour of Waterford Crystal was fantastic and we both really enjoyed it. We got to walk through the factory and along the way we learnt all about the history, the production and the company. It was pretty incredible to see how the finished product looks and where it all began as melted crystal! We both loved it!




After our tour, we had time for a quick cup of coffee and a bun before it was time to check out of our hotel and head back for Dublin. Our return journey with Kavanagh’s was equally as comfortable as our first journey and we were in Dublin in no time! JJ Kavanagh’s also make a stop at the Red Cow Luas and we decided to end our journey there.


To say we had 24 hours of fun in Wonderful Waterford City would be an understatement, we had an absolute ball and we loved that we got to see so much in such a short amount of time. If you’re looking to get away for a night or two and you want a relaxed, easy going journey I couldn’t recommend JJ Kavanagh’s and Dooley’s Hotel enough. The whole trip was just seamless and so enjoyable.

If you’d like more information on Dooley’s Hotel, you can check out their website here.

If you’d like more information on JJ Kavanagh’s bus routes and services, visit their website here.

Always Wandering,


This post is in conjunction with JJ Kavanagh’s who kindly offered us a complimentary trip to Waterford. All opinions and experiences are my own.


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  1. Great post. I’ve never been to Waterford but it looks lovely

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