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County Waterford: Visit the Sunny South East of Ireland!

County Waterford is not one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland – but it is certainly worth a visit! Waterford is located in the “Sunny South-East” and has a lot to offer. Maybe some of you visited the Bluegrass Festival last weekend (May 28th – 30th) – you will know what I’m talking about! Read on for more information on County Waterford and some tips should you decide to come and visit!

Top 10 Things-to-see in County Waterford

  1. Come and see Reginald’s Tower in Waterford City which is the oldest civic urban structure in Ireland. More information: www.heritageireland.ie or call +353 (0)51 304220.
  2. Visit Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre. Come and take a visual journey of over 225 years of glass making and see how each individual piece of crystal is created by highly skilled craftsmen using unique and traditional methods. More information:    www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com.
  3. Go to the Old Market House Centre, in Dungarvan. More information:  artscentre@waterfordcoco.ie or  + 353 58 48944
  4. Visit King John’s Castle, in Dungarvan.   More information: charlesfort@opw.ie or +353 58 48144.
  5. Admire Curraghmore House and Gardens in Portlaw. Curraghmore House in Waterford is the  historic home of the 8th Marquis of Waterford.Some 2,500 acres of formal gardens, woodland and grazing fields make this the largest private demesne in Ireland and one of the finest places to visit in Ireland. More information: www.curraghmorehouse.ie
  6. Have some fun  with your family at Splashworld Adventure Park, in Tramore. More information: www.splashworld.ie
  7. Visit Dungarvan Museum. More information: www.dungarvanmuseum.org
  8. Are you fond of good food? Go to Barron’s Bakery, in Cappoquin. Barron’s Bakery started baking bread in Cappoquin in 1887. Today they still use the same Scotch Brick Ovens to bake their crusty bread. Go and taste it! More information: www.barronsbakery.ie
  9. Visit Holy Trinity Cathedral in Waterford City. Built in 1793, the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity is almost 214 years old and is Ireland’s oldest Catholic Cathedral. More information: www.waterford-cathedral.com
  10. Relax in Cappoquin House’s Gardens. The house and gardens enjoy magnificent views over the Blackwater. The Keane Family has lived in Cappoquin House for over 200 years. More information: www.cappoquin.org/cappoquinhouse.shtml

You will find more attractions and activities available in County Waterford here.

How to get to County Waterford

You have several possibilities:

  • Bus to/from Waterford

Bus Éireann provide services to County Waterford from Dublin, Limerick and Cork. For further information on bus services telephone +353 (0)1 836-6111 or visit www.buseireann.ie

  • Rail to/from Waterford

The Dublin / Waterford line serves Waterford-Plunkett Station. Carrick-on-Suir is served by the Limerick / Waterford line. For further information on rail services, telephone +353 (0)1 836-6222 or visit www.irishrail.ie

  • Getting to Waterford by Sea

The nearest ferryports to Waterford are at Rosslare Harbour and Cork.

  • Flying to Waterford

County Waterford has its own airport, Waterford Regional Airport, with limited services to and from Britain. The nearest major airports are at Cork Airport, Shannon Airport and Dublin Airport.

Accommodation County Waterford

And last but not least – a little insight on what you can expect when visiting County Waterford:

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It’s raining Man – 5 Things to do in Dublin City when the weather sucks…

It’s nearly weekend and I’m sitting at my desk in a Dublin Office and can see the dark grey rain clouds coming in. It’s a fact, you can never trust the weather in Dublin.  So when visitng Ireland’s capital there is a good chance that there might be one day of your stay which is very rainy. So I’ve decided that I can’t let anyone visiting this lovely city be unprepared and created a list of things to do in Dublin City when it is raining.

  1. Visit Jameson’s Distillery
    You can get there by Luas (Red Line) which will take you pretty close to the entrance. The guided tour is very entertaining and the guides are just sooo funny. Best part is the Whiskey tasting in the end – which will definitely warm you up a bit. Especially on a rainy day, I’d prefer Jameson’s Distillery to the Guinness Store House because the main attraction of the storehouse is the Gravity Bar on the very top of the building with gorgeous views over Dublin City – which you really should enjoy when the weather is good. More Info on www.whiskeytours.ie
  2. Go to the Pub
    There are many great Pubs in Dublin City. Sit down, listen to traditional music and have a drink. Enjoy a glass of Guinness or have some Irish Coffee or just a nice cup of tea. Also make sure to try some traditional pub food which is usually the perfect comfy food for rainy days.
  3. Learn more about Leprechauns
    Why not have a bit of fun and visit the Leprechaun Museum in Jervis Street (also directly at the Jervis Luas Stop). The National Leprechaun Museum, the first ever attraction dedicated to Irish mythology and opens up a fun and magical world full of fascinating folklore, mythology and enchanting stories. More Info: http://www.leprechaunmuseum.ie
  4. Go Shopping in Dundrum
    Dundrum Shopping Centre is one of the biggest shopping centres in Europe. You can get there by bus or the green Luas line from St. Stephen’s Green and spend an entire day inside doing some retail therapy, getting food in one of the many restaurants or go see a movie in the cinema. Find out more on  http://www.dundrum.ie/
  5. Modern Art!
    Find your artistic side and visit the IMMA, the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Admission is free and you can easily get there by bus, train or luas red line (Heuston Station Stop). The Museum presents a wide variety of art in  a dynamic programme of exhibitions. The Irish Museum of Modern Art is housed in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the finest 17th-century building in Ireland. [Edited September 2013: Currently the Main Building of the IMMA is closed for renovation works. The reopening of the main building will take place on October 12th 2013]

As you can see, there is a lot to do in Dublin City on a rainy day. These are just my Top 5 activities – but there is so much more to see. I really have to say, even when it’s raining, Dublin is one of the most interesting and charming cities of Europe.

How to get here: You can take the train, the bus or the plane to Dublin. Check out www.ryanair.com or www.aerlingus.com for cheap flights.

Where to stay: Book cheap hotels on http://dublin.hotelsireland.com

Safe Online Booking Tips

The internet is a fast and convenient way to book travel. You can compare prices, look at hotels and create your perfect holiday. But more and more people are getting worried about booking online due to security scares in the last couple of months. As a website where you can book hotels online, we here at Hotelsireland.com thought it would be a good thing to give customers some insights into how save online bookings really are and tips on how to stay safe when purchasing goods and services online.

1. Make sure that the company you’re booking with has some kind of Financial Failure Insurance

a) What happens if the website/company I booked with goes bankrupted?

If the travel website you’ve booked with goes bust, your holiday is usually gone, too – as well as your money. If you make sure that the company you’re booking with is covered by financial failure insurance, you will be guaranteed that you’re getting your money back when this company goes bust. Hotelsireland.com for example is covered by Financial Failure Insurance – so whatever happens to us, you will not be affected.

b) What happens when the Hotel that I booked goes into receivership or closes down?

Should anything like this happen you’re very secure when you’re booking on Hotelsireland.com. We are in constant contact with the hotels and once we are being told that a hotel ceases business we will do anything possible to book you into a similar or better hotel nearby. If this isn’t possible you will get your money back! We will always contact you and talk to you before we do anything so you can decide what you prefer.

2. How safe is it to use my Credit / Debit Card to book online?

a) Check Booking Page Security

Only give payment details, like a credit-card number, on a secure site and never send them in an email. The payment page should have an address beginning with https:// or a lock icon on the browser status bar or a VeriSign or Thawte  logo at the bottom of the page to show it’s safe. Go to the Hotelsireland.com Customer Details Payment page to see all of these 3 security signs.

b) Credit Card or Debit Card

In general it is always safer to use your credit card when making a purchase online because then the credit company is liable if anything goes wrong. Many companies charge extra for using a credit card though.  On Hotelsireland it is safe to use both Credit- and Debit Cards and we don’t charge extra for credit card use.

c) Can I give away my Security Number?

You will usually be asked for the three-digit security number on the back of your credit card (which is fine), but never for your PIN! Always remember: Never give out your PIN! Soon after making the booking you should receive an email confirming all the details. This may be your only record of your booking, so print it out and keep it safe

3. Watch out for Hidden Fees

Some websites won’t give you the full price of your booking until the last minute. Better book on websites that clearly state the full cost of your booking early in the booking process and don’t add hidden fees. On Hotelsireland.com, for example, the total Booking Price is being displayed from the beginning on – no hidden fees or charges

4. Read the Terms & Conditions

We can’t emphasize it enough: Always read the terms and conditions before making a booking. In most cases there is a box for you to tick to confirm that you have done this with a link underneath that goes to the company’s terms & conditions. It’s tempting to tick without clicking on the link and actually reading the terms and conditions. Don’t! Every website has different T&Cs, so make sure you know what you’re agreeing to. Click here for the Hotelsireland.com Terms & Conditions

5. Check the Website’s Privacy Policy

Always check the Privacy Policy of any Web site that requests personal details. If the Web site is requesting this type of information and does not have a privacy policy, it is not wise to submit your information. Nowadays every decent website has a Privacy Policy. On Hotelsireland we need your details in case we need to contact you regarding your booking and to provide you with the accommodation or services you have booked. Click here for Hotelsireland’s Privacy Policy

6. Make sure the website is genuine

Under EU law, traders must provide an ‘about us’ or ‘contact’ page with a geographical address and email. If you are concerned about any foreign website, try to access it a different way, such as via a tourist board. If you are in any doubt, book elsewhere. You can find the Hotelsireland.com contact information on the bottom of the Terms & Conditions Page.

7. Get Travel Insurance when making an expensive booking

If you’re booking an expensive holiday online, make sure to get travel insurance. Should you not be able to travel at short notice, you might not get all of your money back. Here at Hotelsireland.com our reservations team tries to do everything possible to give the money back to guests that can’t travel due to an emergency or to amend the travel dates or the travelling persons. But sometimes, very rarely, when the hotel charges us, we have to charge the guest, too.

8. More safety tips for online shopping & booking

  • Try to make all of your online transactions with one credit card, if you have more than one.
  • Keep a record of what you pay for and always check your online purchases off against your statement[s].
  • Keep your operating system, anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software up to date.
  • Use anti-virus software and/or firewalls on every computer you own/use.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the security of the Hotelsireland.com website, don’t hesitate to contact our Reservations Team on +353 (0)1 293 3040 or send an email to hotels@hotelsireland.com.