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Dungarvan is a popular town along Waterford’s coast with plenty of variety for visitors to the area. Dungarvan is a hub of activity when it comes to water sports, with the shores providing the perfect environment for a range of activities. Among the most popular for visitors to try out are surfing, kayaking, diving and canoeing. The nearby village of Ardmore is also a good spot for water activities, with diving in particular a popular pastime here.
Dungarvan Harbour is a picturesque part of the town that is well worth taking time to walk around at your own leisure. The harbour has a sailing club, while you can also join one of the charter boats on a fishing trip, or perhaps join a sightseeing tour looking for whales, dolphins and seals. The nearby town of Youghal also offers visitors a river cruise from May to September, taking you on a journey north along the Blackwater River, taking in sites like Templemichael Castle and Molana Abbey.
Things to Do in Dungarvan
With its roots as a market town, Dungarvan continues this tradition today with a weekly farmers’ market and weekly country market taking place every Thursday and Friday respectively. If brand names and high-street bargains are more your thing when it comes to a holiday, be sure to check out the Dungarvan Shopping Centre. If it’s arts and crafts that you are after when shopping, then the nearby Ardmore Pottery and Craft Gallery should have something to tickle your fancy.
One of the most famous and iconic landmarks in Dungarvan is Dungarvan Castle, a restored 12th-Century Norman castle. An exhibition space shares the history of the castle and its role within the town. With the Comeragh Mountains as a backdrop, Dungarvan Golf Club is a must play for golfing enthusiasts, so be sure to pack your clubs. If pitch and putt is more your thing, the 18-hole Cunnigar Pitch and Putt Club, which is located in the stunning surrounds of Dungarvan Bay, is a great way to pass a couple of hours, and something that all the family will enjoy.
The Waterford Greenway is a 46km greenway path that runs from Dungarvan to Waterford City, Ireland’s oldest city. Located on the site of a former railway, the Waterford Greenway is popular with cyclists visiting the area, taking you through the picturesque Copper Coast Geopark. As well as enjoying the sites along the Waterford Greenway, fans of the great outdoors can enjoy a stroll around the tranquil Walton Park. Other popular attractions along the greenway include the Durrow Viaduct, Cloughlowrish Stone, Kilmeadan Castle and the Waterford and Sur Valley Heritage Railway.
Explore the Viking City of Waterford
If the cycle along the Waterford Greenway isn’t something that appeals to you, Waterford City is less than one hour away from Dungarvan, and a must see when in the area. Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford City, was founded by Vikings in the 10th Century, and this heritage is celebrated with the popular Viking Triangle. This tourist attraction includes many of the city’s best tourist attractions including Reginald’s Tower, the only building in Ireland to be named after a Viking. The Waterford Medieval Museum, Bishop’s Palace and House of Waterford Crystal are all worth checking out when visiting the city. You’ll also find a variety of great eateries and pubs in both Dungarvan and Waterford, leaving you spoilt for choice when it comes to your evening entertainment.