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“Interesting and informative in a relaxing atmosphere”
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Bishop's Palace
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Bishop's Palace Museum: Admission Ticket
Ranked #6 of 61 things to do in Waterford
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Bishop’s Palace Museum houses a display of Waterford treasures from 1700 to the 20th Century, and gives visitors a wonderful insight into the history of what was, up until the 1750s, Ireland’s second city. 'The Mall is a beautiful walk, about 200 yards long… facing it stands the Bishop’s Palace, which not only adds a considerable beauty ... the Palace is a fine building of hewn stone, with two fronts, that next to the Mall is beautifully ornamented with a handsome portico.' (Charles Smith’s History, 1746)' This exquisite architectural jewel, now a museum, continues to delight over 250 years later, the ground and first floors furnished as a very elegant 18th century townhouse. The top floor brings 'old' Waterford alive from the 1900's to the 1960's.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We were greeted by a lovely friendly and knowledgeable guide who explained the treasures; their origin and connection to the house. The museum houses the largest collection of flint glass , which is the earlier format of lead crystal.
The ground and first floors are set out as they would be when the Bishop was in residence. The top floor accommodates local history up to the 1960.
On the ground floor there is an amazing workshop where a glass cutter carries out his craft whilst chatting to visitors.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit finishing off with a delicious coffee in the coffee shop on the ground floor.

Thank Gillian S
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Waterford_Treasures, Public Relations Manager at Bishop's Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Good afternoon Gillian S,

What a fantastic review and I am absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed your visit to the beautiful Georgian Bishop's Palace Museum. The museum reveals the story of Waterford from 1700 to the 1970s and is the perfect way to spend a few hours.

I am so glad you opted to take the guided tour. Our wonderful re-enactors, the butler Mr What Why or our housekeeper Mrs Rickards, will bring the palace alive with their stories and tales of what it was like to live in Waterford during the Georgian period.

The Bishop's Palace Café is located on the ground floor and it is ideal for snacks, hot food or even afternoon tea, a perfect way to relax and take in the the Georgian history of Waterford.

The glass cutter you mentioned is Sean Egan, who was a Master Engraver with Waterford Crystal for 35 years! His studio is now based in the Bishop's Palace museum and there are many beautiful and unique of items for sale.

Thank you very much for your wonderful comments, we really appreciate it. I will pass on your kind remarks to all of the team.

Go raibh mile maith agat!

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We called here after visiting the musuem as we had a discounted ticket. We were told a tour had just started and we could join on. Again had to search for the guide. Found him on the 1st floor so we actually missed a huge part again. Lots of paintings and artefacts on display. Guide was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. He told some funny stories on the way round the rooms. After the tour ended we walked round the places we missed out on. Lovely old building with a real sense of history in it. Best suited to adults and older children.

Thank julesthereader
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Waterford_Treasures, Public Relations Manager at Bishop's Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Good afternoon julesthereader,

Thank you for coming to visit us in the beautiful Georgian Bishop's Palace, its history spans the Georgian period right through to the 60's and 70's. I am glad you opted to take the guided tour. Our wonderful re-enactors, the butler Mr What Why or our housekeeper Mrs Rickards, will bring the palace alive with their stories and tales of what it was like to live in Waterford during the Georgian period. It is much better to avail of the guided tour as this is included in your entry fee. I am sorry you missed the beginning of the tour, however, the bulk of the tour takes place on the first and second floor. The ground floor is just a minute's introduction.

I do hope you get another opportunity to come and visit us and take the tour again. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Go raibh míle maith agat!

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Reviewed 24 March 2018

Beautiful building. Nice collection of period furniture and religious artifacts. Was a nice quick stop.

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Waterford_Treasures, Public Relations Manager at Bishop's Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

Good afternoon cathy1224,

Many thanks for taking the time to visit Ireland's oldest city, Waterford, and to visit the beautiful Georgian Bishop's Palace. The entry fee to the beautiful Georgian Bishop’s Palace includes the guided tour with our butler Mr What Why or the housekeeper Mrs Rickards who will take you back through time to the Georgian period in Waterford City.

We always endeavour to give value for money to our visitors and the entry fee includes the guided tour, which is the best way to see and hear all about the Georgian Bishop's Palace and what life was like during that period.

There are many highlights to this wonderful building, the Bishop’s Palace houses a display of Waterford treasures from 1700 to the 20th Century, and gives you a wonderful insight into the history of what was, up until the 1750's, Ireland’s second city.

Waterford City boasts the finest collection of 18th century architecture of any city in Ireland outside of Dublin. Its great legacy from this era includes elegant architecture, silverware and of course, fine glass making. This period of elegance began in Waterford in 1741 when the Anglo-German architect Richard Castles designed the wonderful Bishop’s Palace.

Castles built the Palace with its front overlooking the town wall which he had reduced in height so that it formed part of the palace’s terraced garden.

Today Richard Castles is celebrated as one of Ireland’s greatest architects having designed most of the great houses of Ireland including the seat of the Irish parliament, Leinster House in Dublin.

The Bishop’s Palace reveals the story of Waterford from 1700 to the 1970's. Amongst the many items of national and international significance displayed at the museum is the only surviving Bonaparte 'mourning cross', which was one of 12 produced upon Napoleon Bonaparte’s death in 1821. Our guides take you through the Georgian period with lots of stories to enhance the visual aspect of the palace.

The palace has on display the Penrose decanter, the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal, which dates back to 1789.

The Bishop’s Palace offers a unique experience for visitors. The building contains a wealth of fascinating artefacts, period furniture, beautiful fireplaces and a collection of rare and important paintings. An entire floor of the building is dedicated to historic stories specific to Waterford such as Ballybricken’s pig markets, Waterford’s Home Rule story, the First World War in Waterford, the War of Independence in Waterford, childhood and household living in Waterford and the story of glass making in the Crystal City.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future!

Go raibh míle maith agat!

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

This was an excellent visit booked at short notice and facilitated by the host with no issue. The cost was very reasonable with a good cafe at the end of visit. Advice was given on where the best way was to travel round the city.

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Thank David T
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Waterford_Treasures, Public Relations Manager at Bishop's Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Good morning David,

Thank you for coming to visit us in the beautiful Georgian Bishop's Palace, we really appreciate your very positive feedback on your recent visit.

I will certainly pass on your comments to all of the team here at the Bishop's Palace, they'll be delighted to hear you enjoyed the cafe and the visit!

Looking forward to when you can come and visit us again.

Go raibh míle maith agat!

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Part of a school trip to Waterford, we found the palace very interesting, full of valuable and historical artefacts.

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Thank car0lnewman
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Waterford_Treasures, Public Relations Manager at Bishop's Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Good afternoon car0lnewman,

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to the beautiful Georgian Bishop's Palace, we really appreciate you taking the time to do so.

The beautiful Georgian Bishop’s Palace reveals the story of Waterford from 1700 to the 1970's. Amongst the many items of national and international significance displayed at the museum is the only surviving Bonaparte 'mourning cross', which was one of 12 produced upon Napoleon Bonaparte’s death in 1821, along with a lock of his hair and his mothers!

The museum also holds the Penrose decanter, the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal, which dates back to 1789.

There are lots more to see at the palace and we look forward to having you return soon!

Go raibh mile maith agat!

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