The only museum in Europe built upon national monuments

Waterford’s Medieval Museum is a tribute to Medieval Waterford and life in the city during that period. Housed in a modern museum building, it is the only museum in Europe built upon and protecting National monuments – the 13th century Choristers’ Hall and the 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault.

It forms part of Waterford Viking Triangle (3 museums* in close proximity) and is one of the city’s top attractions.

Among the great treasures of international importance on display is the 4 metre long Great Charter Roll dated to 1373 (viewed by Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Ireland in 2011) and the unique 15th century cloth of gold vestments which were lost for hundreds of years after they were hidden from Cromwell’s army. They are the only set to survive in Northern Europe. Also worth watching out for is ‘The Cap of Maintenance’ which is the only piece of King Henry VIII’s clothing to survive.

Take the multimedia handheld guide or enjoy a family-friendly tour with a costumed re-enactor who will guide you through this remarkable collection of historic and architectural treasures.

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Highlights
  • The 13th century Choristers’ Hall and the 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault
  • 4 metre long Great Charter Roll dated to 1373
  • One of the city’s top attractions
Open

Open Daily Year Round

September to May
Monday to Friday: 09:15-17:00
Saturday: 10:00-17:00
Sunday & Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:00

June to August
Monday to Friday: 09:15-18:00
Saturday: 10:00-18:00
Sunday & Bank Holidays: 11:00-18:00

Last admission: 40 minutes before closing
Closed: December 25 to 26 and January 1

Prices

Admission Prices 2018

Adult: €7.00
Senior (aged 65+): €6.00
Student (with valid ID): €6.00
Family: €14.00

Combined Ticket with Bishop’s Palace
Adult: €10.00
Senior (aged 65+): €9.00
Student (with valid ID): €9.00
Family: €20.00
Child (under 14): Free

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Audio guide in English, French and German.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Café in Bishop’s Palace (sister museum) next to museum. It seats 45 visitors and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon teas, wine, beers and soft drinks.

SHOPPING: Gift shop on-site with a range of goods from medieval helmets to books, crockery, jewellery and glass-ware.

PARKING: Car parking (fee required) behind House of Waterford Crystal – a 5 minute walk. Coach set-down area outside the museum with free coach parking and cleaning facilities nearby (behind House of Waterford Crystal – a 5 minute walk).

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilet.

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Getting There

Coming into Waterford City as you cross the bridge over the River Suir, turn left onto the quay and proceed all the quay till you come to the traffic lights at Reginald’s Tower.

Proceed through the traffic lights and you will see the House of Waterford Crystal on your left hand side, the Medieval Museum is on the opposite side of the road behind the Theatre Royal.

Map Location: 52.259871, -7.107036
Contact Medieval Museum

Viking Triangle, Waterford City, Ireland


T: +353 (0)761 102 501
E: museumreception@waterfordcouncil.ie
W:
www.waterfordtreasures.commedieval-museum
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