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Reginald’s Tower

Step inside Ireland’s oldest civic building

09:30 – 17:30

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Reginald’s Tower

Step inside Ireland’s oldest civic building

09:30 – 17:30

See all opening times

Site Closed


Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Getting here

The Quay
X91 Y880

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Reginald’s Tower

Once described as ‘a massive hinge of stone connecting the two outstretched wings of the city’ this tower has never fallen into ruin and has been in continuous use for over 800 years.

Originally the site of a wooden Viking fort, the stone tower we see today actually owes its existence to the Anglo-Normans who made it the strongest point of the medieval defensive walls. Later it was utilised as a mint under King John, before serving various functions under many English monarchs. Weapons, gunpowder and cannons have all been stored here reflecting various periods of Waterford’s turbulent history.

Take the spiral stairs up and en route see the remains of a 19th century prison cell, artefacts from Waterford’s Viking history, and the sword of the Chief Constable whose family were the last residents of the tower.

On two floors are housed one branch of the Waterford Museum of Treasures, concentrating on the town’s thrilling Viking heritage.

Opening Times

Open all year

Last admissions 30 mins before closing

Average length of visit: 1 hour

Seasonal Opening Times

January – Start of March

Wednesday – Sunday
09:30 – 17:00

End of March – December

Daily 9:30 – 17:30


The Quay
X91 Y880

051 304 220

Getting Here

Located in the centre of Waterford City

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  • Guided tours


  • Appropriate footwear
  • Assistance dogs only
  • Hold hand rail
  • No toilet facilities
  • Spiral staircase

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