This post was updated on October 19th, 2018
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Earlier this year (when I was still living in Dublin) I went on a quick trip to Waterford. This is a small city in the south of Ireland. It’s actually the oldest city in Ireland as it was the first place that the Vikings landed in Ireland. Unlike my trip to Kilkenny (where I just went for the day), I decided to spend a night in Waterford. One thing that surprised me was all the fantastic street art that I saw.
I soon learned that the street art was originally part of a festival called Waterford Walls, which takes place in August. The 2018 edition for the festival will be from August 17 to 26. Here artists from Ireland and abroad are commissioned to add some artistic flair to the walls of Waterford (hence the Waterford Walls name). This makes Waterford Walls the most extensive open-air gallery in Ireland. Even if you aren’t in Waterford for the festival, you can still walk around and see some of this amazing street art for free.
I thought I’d show you some of the pieces of street art I saw in Waterford. While I’ve taken the photos in this post, I have credited the artists. Be sure to click on the links in the captions if you want to see more of their amazing works.
I loved seeing all this street art in Waterford. It made for some fun discoveries to wander around and see what amazing art I’d get to see on the next corner or block. I’m not an artist, but I love street art and I loved seeing such talented artists bring colour and life to what would otherwise be dull concrete walls.
Things You Should Know
This post isn’t associated with or sponsored by Waterford or the Waterford Walls festival. If you visit Waterford, the street art you see may be different than what I saw as street art is a temporary art form. If you want you can download a festival map of the most recent Waterford Walls here. The cost to walk around and see this amazing art is free, although there may be costs for other events at the Waterford Walls Festival. The Waterford Walls featured here were curated by another artist Louise Flynn. Her Instagram is well worth a look as well, especially if you love tattoos.
While in Waterford I stayed at the Portree Guesthouse. I stayed in a six-bed dorm. There is breakfast (for a small fee), kitchen facilities, and onsite WiFi. It was close to the ARCY Street Art as you can see the sign pointing to the hostel in that photo. It was also only a 6-minute walk from the bus station.
Book your room at the Portree Guesthouse Here.
To get to Waterford I took the M9 Dublin Coach Bus from Dublin city centre (at Bachelors Walk) to Waterford (stopping at the city centre at Merchants Quay). A return ticket was €20. This bus makes a few stops along the and took about 2.5 hours. The coach was also late arriving when I was departing from Waterford back to Dublin. It was all right, but next time I would take a more direct bus or train. Or even better you can drive and get to Waterford in 2 hours.
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Have you been to Waterford? Which of these Waterford Walls was your favourite?