Car Hire in Waterford
Whether you live in Ireland's oldest city or are just visiting, car hire in Waterford is a great way to see more of South East Ireland. Hiring a car in Waterford takes the public transport hassles out of weekend getaways in the countryside (or heading off to a schoolmate's wedding). Find the best deals on car hire in Waterford now, or read on to find out more.
Where to Hire a Car in Waterford
Most of the car hire companies in Waterford are located just off the Cork Road, to the south west of the city. Hertz, Europcar and Enterprise both have offices here, as do smaller independent car rental companies. South East Car and Van Hire, Motorhome Hire Ireland and EU Bookings LTD are some of the small car hire companies located along this stretch of road.
Tips for Driving in Waterford
Tips for Driving in Waterford Driving in central Waterford can be complicated as roads are narrow and there are lots of one-way streets. Like all Irish cities, roads tend to busier at weekends and during normal rush hour times (i.e. 8am to 9am, and 5pm to 6pm). Once you get out of the city you'll find well-maintained country roads. The N25 Waterford City Bypass is part of the eToll network. Check with your Waterford car hire company to find out if toll cost is included in your rental agreement. Otherwise you'll need to pay at the barrier.
4 Easy Day Trips from Waterford
Best for History Buffs: Dunbrody Famine Ship and Irish Emigrant Experience It takes around half an hour to drive to this attraction in New Ross, 24km away from Waterford. Based around a replica of a 1840's emigrant vessel, the museum tells the story of the souls who left Ireland during the famine years and includes an Irish American hall of fame.
Best for nature lovers: Glendalough The 'Valley of Two Lakes' is 147km from Waterford (just under two hours drive). There's plenty to keep hikers entertained, with two lakes to stroll past and a 33m high round tower to spot. The area was where the reclusive St Kevin lived, so look out for the many monuments to him (including Temple-na-Skellig and St Kevin's Bed).
Best for ghost hunters: Loftus Hall This haunted house on the Hook Peninsula is said to have played host to the devil himself. It's just over an hour from Waterford (56km). The house is open to visitors from June to September, but sometimes opens on Halloween too. The Ring of Hook has plenty of other interesting sights too, including an 800 year old lighthouse and a Templars Church.
Best for families: Run Amuck This ten thousand square foot children's activity centre is just 20 minutes' drive from central Waterford, and has something for little ones of all ages. There's a three-level climbing frame for kids aged 5 to 12, and a toddler area for the 2 to 5's. There's even a baby area for tiny tots. Other fun surprises include tube slides, football pitches, and bumper boats. There's a healthy café too, in case mum and dad need a black coffee or two.