Bishop's Palace
Bishop's Palace
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural BuildingsHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 1900s to the 1960s. Unveiled in 2019, Masterpieces in Glass is a re-enactor led experience culminating in a 17 minute 4D presentation detailing the long history of glass making in Waterford and vividly immersing you 18th and 19th century Waterford.
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  • LauraDaveJames
    Solihull, United Kingdom4,866 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Displays
    The museum is set out over three floors in a period house. It deals with the later history of Waterford. Many of the rooms have period furniture and paintings etc. The rooms on the upper floors have good displays and descriptions of events from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Mari F
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Safe haven on a rainy day!
    We arrived soaking wet, and were welcomed with a smile and a warm place to sit. Service with a smile, lovely choice of food, great value for money. If we're in waterford again we will come back as we didn't try the cakes!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 October 2023
  • catherina
    Waterford, Ireland1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5 star Jamie tour guide
    We had an amazing tour guide Jamie, and to say he knew history but put a fun element into his information. It was probably one of best tours I have had the pleasure of taking and all the group were impressed with the abundance of information given. Five star guided tour. Take a bow Jamie
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 December 2023
  • Tammy O
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visual presentation was amazing
    The visual presentation was worth the visit. We bought the freedom pass which allows you to visit 5 museums. Unfortunately the vikings one was closed so we went to the four only. But the medieval and the Bishops Palace were our favourites! There's a lot of knowledge in both museums. All four were great but those two were definitely worth the visit. You'll may have to wait for the visual presentation in Bishops Palace but I hightly recommend seeing it.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 February 2024
  • coffeeandbooks
    138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Waterford treasures museums tour
    This is a really good tour of the old bishops palace house. The tour guide is very informative. I love the extragrance of this place with all the Waterford crystal and chandeliers. It really feels like you have stepped back in time.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 May 2024
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Laura B
Cluj-Napoca, Romania5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
It was very disappointing, the crystal displayed objects were very dusty, and we waited for a long time but the 4D experience wasn't turned on for us
Written 26 May 2024
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coffeeandbooks
138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This is a really good tour of the old bishops palace house. The tour guide is very informative. I love the extragrance of this place with all the Waterford crystal and chandeliers. It really feels like you have stepped back in time.
Written 6 May 2024
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Chris S
Eglinton, UK753 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Another very good museum (part of the €20 a head Freedom Pass to 4 museums in the Viking Quarter) showing mainly 18th century life in and around Waterford including a excellent 4D audio visual experience.
Written 12 April 2024
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Tammy O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The visual presentation was worth the visit. We bought the freedom pass which allows you to visit 5 museums. Unfortunately the vikings one was closed so we went to the four only. But the medieval and the Bishops Palace were our favourites! There's a lot of knowledge in both museums. All four were great but those two were definitely worth the visit. You'll may have to wait for the visual presentation in Bishops Palace but I hightly recommend seeing it.
Written 18 February 2024
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Gráinne N
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We were very impressed by the quality of the reenactment tour and of the artifacts. The 3D movie at the end of the tour was a real highlight. I would happily recommend this as a must-see attraction in Waterford.
Written 2 January 2024
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Noghnosh100
Dublin, Ireland461 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Its a full furnished palace and very well organized.
The 3D auditorium is a plus, kids loved it too.
You can buy a package for many Waterford museums in addition to to walking tour
Written 29 December 2023
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catherina
Waterford, Ireland1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We had an amazing tour guide Jamie, and to say he knew history but put a fun element into his information. It was probably one of best tours I have had the pleasure of taking and all the group were impressed with the abundance of information given. Five star guided tour. Take a bow Jamie
Written 12 December 2023
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Aisling S
Watford, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
A must see! So much history here, the staff are so friendly and knowledgeable - you get a real rich sense of the history of not only Waterford but Ireland as a whole. Don’t miss it!
Written 13 November 2023
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Mari F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We arrived soaking wet, and were welcomed with a smile and a warm place to sit. Service with a smile, lovely choice of food, great value for money. If we're in waterford again we will come back as we didn't try the cakes!
Written 24 October 2023
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LauraDaveJames
Solihull, UK4,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The museum is set out over three floors in a period house. It deals with the later history of Waterford. Many of the rooms have period furniture and paintings etc.
The rooms on the upper floors have good displays and descriptions of events from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century.
Written 19 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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