The Bishop's Palace Waterford

The Bishop's Palace is a magnificent Georgian residence and a must-see attraction in Waterford. Experience authentic grand eighteenth century living with a guided re-enactor led tour.

Open Year Round.

No Booking or Payment Card Fees. Tickets Valid for 365 days - use at leisure.

The Mall, Waterford City (See Map Below)


The Bishop's Palace is a magnificent Georgian residence and a must-see attraction in Waterford. It is rated the #3 attraction in Waterford on and is one of 3 museum attractions within Waterford's Viking Triangle (all within walking distance). Experience authentic grand eighteenth century living with a guided re-enactor led tour.

The Bishop’s Palace charts the history of Waterford from 1700 to 1970 and gives a wonderful insight into the history of what was, until the 1750s, Ireland’s second city. Waterford City boasts the finest collection of 18th century architecture of any city in Ireland outside of Dublin and its great legacy from the period is its elegant silverware and, of course, fine glassmaking. Visitors to the Bishop’s Palace will see the oldest piece of Waterford Crystal in the world - dating back to 1789. You can also see the Napoleon Bonaparte's Mourning Cross - the only one to survive out of the original twelve that were made on his death.

Take the multi-media handheld guide or enjoy a family-friendly tour with a costumed performer.


Coming into Waterford City across the bridge, turn left and drive straight down the quay until you pass Reginald's Tower. Continue on straight through the traffic lights until you see the House of Waterford Crystal on your left hand side. Directly opposite the House of Waterford Crystal is the Bishop's Palace.

The Bishop's Palace Waterford Location:

Waterford City in oils, 1736

This is the view of Waterford by van der Hagen, dating from 1736, commissioned by Waterford Corporation.

This is the first view in oils of the city of Waterford by an artist who has been described as the first important name in landscape painting in Ireland. You can see the painting at the Bishop's Palace.

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Visitor Information

Bishop's Palace
The Mall, Waterford City
T. +353 (0)51 304 501

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Open Year Round

September to May
Monday - Friday 09:15 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00 - 17:00

June to August
Monday - Friday 09:15 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00 - 18:00 

Closed: December 25 to 26 and January 1.

Last admission at 40 minutes before closing.

Approx Visit Duration: Re-enactor led tours take 45 minutes after which you are free to explore.


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Audio guide in English, French and German. 


Café on-site seats 45 visitors. It offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and afternoon teas. It also offers wine, beers and soft drinks. 


Small gift shop on-site with museum-related gifts, postcards and books. 


Car parking (fee required) behind House of Waterford Crystal - a 5 minute walk. Coach set-down area outside the museum with free coach parking and cleaning facilities nearby (behind House of Waterford Crystal - a 5 minute walk). 


Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilet.  

Note: Opening times may be subject to change and attraction website and contact details will be on your ticket for any updates.

Indoor (all weather) Family Friendly Wheelchair Access Restaurant Tea Rooms / Coffee Shop Baby Changing Guided Tours Assistance / Guide Dogs Permitted Gift Shop
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