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Bishop's Palace
The Bishop’s Palace is one of the three museums known as the Waterford Treasures located in the Viking Triangle in Waterford, Ireland. It was designed in 1741 by architect Richard Castles, one of Ireland’s greatest architects. The front of the palace overlooks the town wall, which forms part of the palace’s terraced garden. The ground floor and first floors of the palace are furnished as an elegant 18th century townhouse and feature period furniture, beautiful fireplaces and rare paintings.

The museum tells the history of Waterford from 1700 to the mid-20th century, with an entire floor dedicated to stories about Waterford’s Home Rule story, World War I in Waterford and the War of Independence in Waterford.  It also displays unique pieces such as the Penrose Decanter, the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal, dating to 1789, and the only surviving Bonaparte “mourning cross,” one of just 12 crosses produced upon Napoleon’s death in 1821.

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Admission to the Palace is 7 Euros for adults or 10 Euros for a combined ticket to the Bishop’s Palace and Medieval Museum. The Palace is open daily year round, except Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day (December 26) and New Year’s Day. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. September to May); Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. September to May); and Sundays and bank holidays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. September to May). The last admission is at 5:20 p.m. (4:20 p.m. September to May). Guided tours are available and last about 45 minutes. 
Address: The Mall, Waterford, Ireland
Admission: Adults: 7 Euros
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Bishop's Palace Museum: Admission Ticket

Explore Waterford’s rich Georgian history and heritage with this Bishop’s Palace Museum entry ticket. Step inside the magnificent museum, then follow a costumed guide or simply use your audio guide to explore at your leisure. During your visit, admire 18th- to 20th-century treasures including  Napoleon Bonaparte’s Mourning Cross, glinting Waterford crystal, period furniture and rare paintings alongside beautiful silver and glassware. Follow the city’s fortunes from 1700 to the late 20th century, and gain insight into stories of local significance including the War of Independence in Waterford. 
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
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Medieval Museum and Bishop's Palace: Combined Admission Ticket

Visit Waterford’s Medieval Museum and Bishop's Palace, and discover two top attractions with ease on this combined admission ticket. Follow a guide through Waterford’s Medieval Museum — home to many beautiful pre-Reformation treasures. Explore the 13th-century Choristers’ Hall and 15th-century wine vaults, and gain insight into life here those centuries ago. Visit the Bishop's Palace, the town’s grand 18th-century Georgian residence. Admire treasures including beautiful silverware and elegant glassware, and explore Waterford’s history from 1700 to the 1970s.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Epic Tour of the Viking Triangle

Step back in time and explore Irish history from the Viking to the Victorian era on this 1-hour Viking Triangle tour in Waterford. Follow your guide through this ancient Irish city and visit six national monuments including Reginald’s Tower, Greyfriars Friary, Choristers’ Hall, the Mayor’s Wine Vault and the Bishop’s Palace. Gain insight into Ireland’s colorful past and learn of the invasions, battles and victories which shaped the country we know today. Admire archaeological treasures from centuries passed and trace Ireland’s architecture through the generations.
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