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Waterford Treasures enjoys timely summer surge

Waterford Treasures is enjoying a busy summer as the additions of the Ireland’s only Horological Museum (The Irish Museum of Time) and the Museum of Silver, have proved popular attractions with visitors.

Waterford’s Irish Museum of Time, a fitting home for the finest collection of Irish timepieces in the world, opened its doors to the public at the start of the tourist season, followed shortly by the Irish Silver Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of silver worldwide.

The addition of the two new museums further enhances the stable of Waterford Treasures, comprising of the Medieval Museum, Reginald’s Tower, Bishop’s Palace, King of the Vikings Virtual Reality Adventure and the Epic Walking Tour.

Eamonn McEneaney, Director of Waterford Treasures, said that the summer has been extremely busy.  “We experienced an uplift in visitor numbers, particularly after the unveiling of our two new visitor experiences, the Museum of Time and the Silver Museum.”

Picture: Patrick Browne

“In fact, Waterford Treasures had its financially best day ever last week with all six offerings – Irish Museum of Time, Irish Silver Museum, King of the Vikings Virtual Reality Adventure, Bishop’s Palace, Medieval Museum and the Epic Guided Walking Tour – all booked to capacity.  It was wonderful to see the Viking Triangle buzzing!”

“The opening of two museums, along with the introduction of the Freedom of Waterford discounted ticket, has proved really popular, especially with families holidaying in Waterford and the South East.  The guided walking tours bring history to life in a fun, engaging and imaginative way.”

The Freedom of Waterford walking tour is a fantastic way to take in 1,000 years of history all within 1,000 paces, with highlights including an opportunity to learn of the City’s Viking foundations, be inspired by medieval wonders and experience elegant Georgian architecture.

“After months of uncertainty, lockdowns and the temporary closures of many tourist attractions and amenities, it is wonderful to be able to welcome so many new and old visitors back to Waterford Treasures.”

Picture: Patrick Browne

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