Follow the trail and you’ll get a great insight into Waterford’s rich and diverse heritage.

As you walk through the streets of Waterford you will notice round blue plaques with inscriptions. These descriptions tell you of important events or people connected with Waterford and the building/place you are passing by.

Waterford Civic Trust has installed over 40 Blue Plaques throughout the city to commemorate links between a particular location, a famous person or event. Follow all or part of the trail and you’ll get a great insight into Waterford’s rich and diverse heritage.

You’ll discover, for example, some of what the Viking’s built; where King Richard landed in 1394 at the head of the largest armada to sail into an Irish port; and the house where William Hobson, the first governor of New Zealand, was born.

  • 33 The Mall, The location where the Irish Tricolour Flag was first flown by T.F. Meagher
  • Ireland’s first garage, which was opened in Catherine Street in 1900 by William F. Pearle in
    partnership with Sir William Goff, is also commemorated
  • William Hobson, the first Governer of New Zealand was born on Lombard Street
  • William Vincent Wallace, the famous Opera Composer was born on Colbeck Street
Useful Information

Pick up a Blue Plaque Trail Map for the City at the Discover Ireland Tourist Centre


Getting There
Map Location: 52.260993, -7.106855
Contact Waterford’s Blue Plaques

Waterford Tourist Office, 120 Parade Quay, The Quay, Waterford, Ireland

T: +353 (0)51 875 823
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