Visit Waterford Treasures: Reginald’s Tower in Munster

Reginald’s Tower is Waterford’s landmark monument and Ireland’s oldest civic building. It has been in continuous use for over 800 years.  The first tower on the site was built by Vikings after 914 and formed the apex of the triangular settlement, an area known to this day as the Viking Triangle.  Re-built by the Anglo Normans in the 12th century the top two floors were added in the 15th century.  Until about 1700 the tower was the strongpoint of the medieval defensive walls that enclosed the city. The tower now houses an exhibition on Viking Waterford and is managed by the Office of Public Works.

What are the opening times?

From January to early March, the museum is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 to 17:00. From Late March to December, it is open daily from 9:30 to 17:30.

Waterford boasts the largest collection of medieval walls and towers in the country with Reginald’s Tower being the most impressive of the six towers still standing. Reginald’s Tower stands at the apex of the Viking Triangle (the name given to the area of the city first settled by the Vikings in 914 AD). The tower houses a permanent exhibition on the treasures of Viking Waterford, including the 9th century sword and weapons from a Viking warrior’s grave and the magnificent Waterford Kite Brooch – the finest example of gold and silver secular metalwork in Ireland. Reginald’s Tower was also used as a mint, prison and military store. An audio-visual presentation on the top floor outlines the history of Reginald’s Tower.

  • Adult – €5.00
  • Seniors – €4.00
  • Group – €4.00
  • Child – €3.00
  • Student – €3.00
  • Family – €13.00

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