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Reginald's Tower
Waterford City, Co. Waterford
Hidden gem
Family friendly
Cloudy days
Discover Reginald's Tower in Waterford City. This monument has played a pivotal role in the country's history and has an in-house exhibition of Waterford treasures and Viking heritage.

Take a trip to Reginald's Tower, a circular defence tower in Waterford historic Viking Triangle. It was built at the beginning of the 13th century and at various stages in its rich history was used as a prison and military store.

When the Anglo-Normans attacked Waterford in 1170, the tower was of strategic importance and its capture heralded the fall of the city. See this impressive structure which derives its name from the Hiberno-Norse, ruler of the city, Ragnall MacGillemaire, who was held prisoner by the Anglo-Normans in the tower.

Learn about the Tower in the fascinating exhibition on Viking Waterford dating back over 1100 years. Admire a full set of weapons from ancient warriors as well as musical instruments, artefacts models of the old city.

This is Ireland’s oldest civic building which has been in continuous use for over 800 years.

Why we like it
  • Explore the on-site exhibition of ancient artefacts.
  • Learn about Waterford's former ruler Ragnall MacGillemaire.
  • Admire this impressive defence tower from Viking times.
  • See a full set of weapons from historical warriors.
Tips from locals

Make your way to the nearby historic French Church or Greyfriars Abbey one of the first to be built in Ireland. At the entrance stands a monument to Luke Wadding, a famous 17th-century Waterford priest.

Contact details
The Quay, Waterford, Ireland
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