Activate is a family-run indoors recreation centre for the whole family with a children’s soft play area, bowling, rock climbing and bouldering, a 3D cinema, a café and lots more. For information and bookings log onto www.activatewaterford.ie or call: 051 325097.
House of Waterford Crystal Showrooms and Factory Tour
Located in the heart of Waterford City, the House of Waterford Crystal allows visitors to witness the creation of crystal stemware, giftware and masterpieces right before their very eyes. The factory tour is a unique and captivating experience that is sure to enthral visitors of all ages. For information log onto www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com or call 051 317000.
For a day spent reading or for one of the many events for both adults and children visit Waterford Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford, phone number 0761 10 2975 or Ardkeen Library, Ardkeen Shopping Centre, phone number 0761 10 2755. For information on opening times, services and more log onto www.waterfordlibraries.ie.
Three very different museums all within a few paces of each other tell the 1100 years-old story of Waterford, from its foundation in 914 by Viking sea pirates, to the late 20th century. Find out more on www.waterfordtreasures.com.
The massive stone fortress that is Reginald’s Tower houses the Treasures of Viking Waterford. For bookings and information call 051 304220. Ireland’s only Medieval Museum showcases the Treasures of Medieval Waterford. For bookings and information call 0761 10 2650. The elegant Neo-Classical Bishop’s Palace built in 1743 is the home of the Treasures of 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. For information call 0761 10 2501.
One of Ireland’s oldest theatres – a beautiful Victorian theatre hidden inside a Georgian building. For programme and bookings log onto www.theatreroyal.ie or call 051 874402. For backstage tours of the theatre call 051 853626.
Why not see what is on in Odeon Cinemas, Railway Square Development, Poleberry, Waterford, www.odeoncinemas.ie, phone number 01 686 9460 or in Omniplex Cinema, Patrick St, Waterford, www.omniplex.ie, phone number 051 855 685.
Waterford Cultural Quarter & Garter Lane Arts Centre
For information on art events follow the FB Page of the developing Waterford Cultural Quarter (WCQ) in the O’Connell Street area of the city, as well as the Garter Lane Arts Centre situated in the heart of the WCQ.