Waterford Medieval Museum, Co. Waterford
Welcome to Medieval Waterford
The magnificent curved façade of the warm butter-coloured stone building draws in the visitor. The eye-catching giant sculpture on the gable was inspired by a tiny 13th century belt mount found in Waterford. It is Ireland’s only purpose-built medieval museum and the only building on the island to incorporate two medieval chambers, the 13th century Choristers’ Hall and the 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault.
Don’t miss the stunning Heavens’ Embroidered Cloths, Waterford’s cloth-of-gold 15th century vestments.
COVID-19 Compliance – Fáilte Ireland COVID-19 Safety Charter
Waterford Treasures, its facilities and its team has been awarded the Fáilte Ireland COVID-19 Safety Charter, we are fully compliant with all government and HSE guidelines to ensue all of our visitors safety when they visit any of our premises, your safety is our concern.
Tips for visiting:
Plan ahead: use this information to help you plan your trip ahead of time.
Our guided tours take 45 minutes. However you are more than welcome to roam the museum after the tour. If you feel that you don’t have enough time to view everything you are most welcome to return another day – at no extra charge!
Please see our Locations and Directions section.
There’s so much to see at the Medieval Museum, you can take a break for lunch at the café in the Bishop’s Palace and come back to view the rest of the museum when you are ready.
Do not touch
It is a natural response to want to touch things, however, the Medieval Museum has to discourage this as the cumulative effects of abrasion, grease and sweat can result in irreparable damage to the objects.
Mobile phone use
To ensure a pleasant environment for all visitors, please refrain from using your mobile phone inside the Medieval Museum.
Hand-held cameras may be used in the Medieval Museum. However the use of flash, video cameras, tripods and other digital equipment is not permitted.
Photographs taken in the medieval Museum can only be used for personal use. Commercial use of any kind is not permitted. However, please feel free to use photographs taken in the Medieval Museum on Facebook or other social media platforms!
For permission in relation to filming, please contact in writing Eamonn McEneaney, Museum Director, Medieval Museum, Cathedral Square, Viking Triangle, Waterford, X91 K10E.
Check the Calendar of Events for the day that you plan to visit – there may be items of special interest to you.
Waterford City’s weather can be changeable, so come prepared for all seasons! Check weather here
Closed Christmas Day (25th December), St.Stephen’s Day (26th December) and New Year’s Day (1st January)
Monday to Friday
09:15 am to 5:00 pm
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Opening outside of normal hours can be facilitated by prior arrangement.
Entry fee €10.00
Under 12 free of charge with fee paying guest
Group (10+) rates avaialble on request
School group rate available on request (teachers/assistants free of charge)
Tour fee €10.00
Accompanied children under 12 free with fee paying guest.
The only museum in Europe built over two National monuments, the 13th century Choristers’ Hall and the 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault. Don’t miss the unique Cloth of Gold vestments which were lost for hundreds of years after they were hidden from Cromwell’s army, the Great Charter Roll which was viewed by Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Ireland and the only piece of clothing to survive King Henry VIII’s reign, ‘The Cap of Maintenance’.
Enjoy a family friendly tour with our professional guides.
**Under 12 free with paying adult.