Rainy Day Activities in Waterford

This is the situation all too often in our fair isle – the weekend arrives… and so do the rainclouds.  Depending on your children’s ages and interests, there are lots of things to do with kids in Waterford on a rainy day!


Waterford Treasuresan award winning museum and popular visitor attraction in the city. The Museum celebrates the ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of all who contributed to the making of Waterford, from Viking and Norman times, through medieval and recent Irish history right up to the present. 

Treasures of Viking Waterford, at Reginald’s Tower – Situated at the apex of the Viking Triangle in Waterford’s historic city centre, Reginald’s Tower is home to an exciting exhibition that uses a superb collection of historic and archaeological artefacts to tell the story of Waterford’s Viking heritage. A circular defense tower built at the beginning of the 13th century and used at various stages in its rich history as a mint, a prison and a military store, it is Waterford’s most recognisable landmark.

Treasures of Georgian Waterford at the Bishop’s Palace The Bishop’s Palace charts the history of Waterford from 1700 to 1970 and gives a wonderful insight into the history of what was up to 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 – a decanter made in the 1780’s.

Also worth a visit is Waterford County Museum, Dungarvan, which hosts a permanent display on the history of Waterford County and admission is free. The Museum has a display case devoted to children, containing Victorian/Edwardian clothes, books etc. They also have a handling area where kids can hold replicas of Norman swords, helmets, tools etc

colourful-booksBooks and More

What better way is there to spend a wet morning/afternoon, than a trip to your local library (Waterford City Library & Waterford County Library). Maybe catch some free story-telling, and let the kids borrow some books to take home and read.

The Book Centre is fabulous book store where you can enjoy a coffee while browsing the books, great kids reading area and free facepainting on Saturdays between 3.30 and 4.30 p.m.

Other Indoor Fun

  • Waterford Bowl has indoor lane bowling and also Kidzone play area
  • Splashworld boasts the biggest indoor waterpark in the South East!
  • Runamuck, an indoor play area and cafe where you can let the kids run wild
  • Pirates Adventure, pirate themed play centre with glow in the dark mini golf course as well as themed mini bowling lanes.

If you have a favourite rainy day activity or place to go, tell us in the comments below

Get Outside

Sometimes, you have just got to get out and get wet!

Put on the raingear and wellies and go for a walk in the rain.  Most kids love splashing in puddles, and sometimes it’s a great way to release pent-up energy from being cooped up inside. See our Top 10 Things to do Outside in Rain for inspiration!

Warm up afterwards with a hot bath/shower, dry clothes and hot chocolate. Then, why not pull out a board-game or snuggle up on the couch with a movie – a perfect end to a wet day!

Related 50 Fun Rainy Day Activities for KidsWhat to Do on a Rainy Day & Activities for a Rainy Day

Do you have any other suggestions for parents for Rainy Day Activities in Waterford? Tell us in the comments below.
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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.