About my home
My home is situated a short distance outside the City, within easy access to the City by Commute by bus links or walking….. Bellfield is a smart residential estate with many young families whom work in the local areas or City, I have friendly and warm hearted neighbours, and we take pride in our small estate this is noticed in other areas as it’s kept clean and grass cut regularly by ourselves, very quiet neighbourhood…………………
The house is three bed-roomed main with unsuite and shower, main bathroom bath and electrical shower, Double bedroom at rear and small single bed-room at the rear also… small area if smoker as I don’t allow any smoking in property, I will or course have a step by step guide to all appliance uses for an easier stay, and details of local pubs, restaurant and sights worth seeing at the property so you can plan sightseeing adventures, bus time table and route finder, also for the romantic in all of us the living room has an open fire place with peat and logs for a cosy night in if you chosen. Ferrybank itself is beautiful with little shops and local pubs within short distance to house. If emergency should arise I will have all necessary steps and contact details available for house guests, I would love any potential house swap guest to enjoy their stay as much as possible.
Places to see
Reginald’s Tower (Viking)
The oldest complete building in Ireland and the first to use mortar, 12th-century Reginald's Tower is an outstanding example of medieval defences and was the city's key fortification. The Normans built its 3m- to 4m-thick walls on the site of a Viking wooden tower. Over the years, the building served as an arsenal, a prison and a mint. The exhibits relating to the latter role include medieval silver coins, a wooden 'tally stick' with notches indicating the amount owed, a 12th-century piggy bank (smashed) and a coin balance used to determine weight and bullion value. Architectural oddities include the toilet that drained halfway up the building. Behind the tower, a section of the old wall has been incorporated into a new pub and restaurant complex.
This interactive museum detailing Waterford's long history is in the aesthetically renovated Bishop's Palace (1741). It has dazzling displays covering Waterford's history from 1700 to 1970 and includes treasures from the city's collection, such as golden Viking brooches, jewel-encrusted Norman crosses and 18th-century church silver.
Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral is Europe's only neoclassical Georgian cathedral. Designed by local architect John Roberts, it was built on the site of an 11th-century Viking church, also the site where the 12th-century marriage of Strongbow and Aiofe took place. The rather grim highlight is the 15th-century tomb of James Rice , seven times Lord Mayor of Waterford: sculpted worms and frogs crawl out of the statue of his decaying body. On a jollier note, the cathedral also acts as a concert venue offering a diverse programme and superb acoustics.
The Mall, a wide 18th-century street built on reclaimed land, was once a tidal inlet. From the river end, its stateliest buildings are John Roberts' City Hall (1788) and beautifully refurbished Theatre Royal, arguably Ireland's most intact 18th-century theatre. Crumbling fragments of the old city wall include Beach Tower at the top of Jenkin's Lane and Half Moon Tower (both are just off Patrick St). One impossible-to-miss building in Waterford is its landmark 1860s clock tower
The elegant ruin of the stone French Church is announced by a statue of Luke Wadding, the Waterford-born Franciscan friar who persuaded the Pope to negotiate with Charles I on behalf of Irish Catholics. Hugh Purcell gave the church to the Franciscans in 1240, asking them in return to pray for him once a day. The church became a hospital after the dissolution of the monasteries, and was then occupied by French Huguenot refugees between 1693 and 1815. John Roberts is buried here. Ask the staff at Reginald's Tower to let you in.
Waterford Crystal House
The city's famed Waterford Crystal is almost an icon in name only. The first Waterford glass factory was established at the western end of the riverside quays in 1783. Centuries later, after the boom of the 1980s and 1990s, the company fell on hard times and in 2009 was purchased by an American investment firm. Today around 60,000 pieces are made annually in Ireland, around 55%; the remaining is manufactured in Europe to strict Waterford standards.The large modern centre on The Mall offers a tour showing how crystal is produced. A highlight is the blowing room where you can see the red-hot molten crystals take shape and seemingly miraculously transform into delicate glassware. The tour ends, understandably, in the store where you can wonder at the twinkling display which ranges from a €30 bottle coaster to shelling out €40,000 for Cinderella's carriage (definitely not a toy for your toddler back home...). There is a cafe here, as well.
Waterford Museum of Treasures
This is the umbrella name for three excellent museums which cover 1000 years of local history. Note that the entrance price for the Bishop's Palace and Medieval Museum includes either an audio guide or guided tours by historically costumed guides (cum actors!). And many more sights too many to put in this advert must been seen as the oldest City in Ireland…………………….
Eating out there is 11 Restaurant’s at a short distance bus journey 6 minute taxi ride, from traditional, Italian, French, Chinese and many more, beautiful traditional pubs and many more magical sights to be seen……………………………………………………………………….
Property 20 minute walking distance plus great bus link into city, along the Quay there is the main bus links to other Cities such as Cork and Dublin, also buses to the beaches Waterford is regarded as the sunny Southeast of Ireland and many holiday makers are from other parts of the Island. The city hosts many festivals from the months of June-September……….. Even outside these months there is anyways activity in the City, something for everyone.