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“Disappointing”
Review of Bishop's Palace

Bishop's Palace
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Medieval Museum and Bishop's Palace: Combined...
Ranked #7 of 34 things to do in Waterford
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 1900's to the 1960's.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

We found the arrangement of items confusing as the time sequence was not clear and some panels seemed to be out of order. The most recent history seemed to be the most interesting.

Thank Steve M
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Waterford_Treasures, Public Relations Manager at Bishop's Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Good morning Steve

Many thanks for taking the time to visit Ireland's oldest city, Waterford and to visit the beautiful Georgian Bishop's Palace. The entry fee to the beautiful Georgian Bishop’s Palace includes the guided tour with our butler Mr What Why or the housekeeper Mrs Rickards who will take you back through time to the Georgian period in Waterford City, it sounds like you didn't take the guided tour, and this would have helped you with the time line throughout the building. I'm not sure about what you mean by the 'some panels seemed to be out of order', please message me with more detail.

We always endeavour to give value for money to our visitors and the entry fee includes a guided tour which is the best way to see and hear all about the Georgian Bishop's Palace. We get great reviews for the guided tour with our re-enactors. I'm disappointed that you felt that arrangement of items was confusing and the that time sequence was nor clear and as mentioned already, some panels seem to be out of order.

There are many highlights to this wonderful building, the Bishop’s Palace houses a display of Waterford treasures from 1700 to the 20th Century, and gives you a wonderful insight into the history of what was, up until the 1750's, Ireland’s second city.

Waterford city boasts the finest collection of 18th Century architecture of any city in Ireland outside of Dublin. Its great legacy from this era includes elegant architecture, silverware and of course, fine glass making. This period of elegance began in Waterford in 1741 when the Anglo-German architect Richard Castles designed the wonderful Bishop’s Palace.

Castles built the Palace with its front overlooking the town wall which he had reduced in height so that it formed part of the palace’s terraced garden.

Today Richard Castles is celebrated as one of Ireland’s greatest architects having designed most of the great houses of Ireland including the seat of the Irish parliament, Leinster House in Dublin.

The Bishop’s Palace reveals the story of Waterford from 1700 to the 1970's. Amongst the many items of national and international significance displayed at the museum is the only surviving Bonaparte 'mourning cross', which was one of 12 produced upon Napoleon Bonaparte’s death in 1821. Our guides take you through the Georgian period with lots of stories to enhance the visual aspect of the palace.

The palace has on display the Penrose decanter, the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal, which dates back to 1789.

The Bishop’s Palace offers a unique experience for visitors. The building contains a wealth of fascinating artefacts, period furniture, beautiful fireplaces and a collection of rare and important paintings. An entire floor of the building is dedicated to historic stories specific to Waterford such as Ballybricken’s pig markets, Waterford’s Home Rule story, the First World War in Waterford, the War of Independence in Waterford, childhood and household living in Waterford and the story of Glass making in the Crystal city.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future!

Go raibh míle maith agat!

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

We toured this museum as part of a combination ticket with the Medieval Museum. I’d highly recommend doing the two sites together and timing them so you can participate in the guided tours. Our guide told us fascinating stories about many of the artifacts including crystal, furniture, paintings and jewellery, and the history of the actual building. The building is situated in a convenient location for doing a couple of things so you can spend several hours partaking of many sites. Worth a stop here!

Thank DonnamjCan
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Waterford_Treasures, Public Relations Manager at Bishop's Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2018

Good morning DonnamjCan

Many thanks for taking the time to visit Ireland's oldest city, Waterford and to visit the beautiful Georgian Bishop's Palace, coming all the way from Canada, we really appreciate it. The entry fee to the beautiful Georgian Bishop’s Palace includes the guided tour with our butler Mr What Why or the housekeeper Mrs Rickards who will take you back through time to the Georgian period in Waterford City.

We always endeavour to give value for money to our visitors and the entry fee includes a guided tour which is the best way to see and hear all about the Georgian Bishop's Palace and with the added value of the combination ticket, you get to see the two best museums in Waterford.

There are many highlights to this wonderful building, as you mentioned, the Bishop’s Palace houses a display of Waterford treasures from 1700 to the 20th Century, and gives you a wonderful insight into the history of what was, up until the 1750's, Ireland’s second city.

Waterford city boasts the finest collection of 18th Century architecture of any city in Ireland outside of Dublin. Its great legacy from this era includes elegant architecture, silverware and of course, fine glass making. This period of elegance began in Waterford in 1741 when the Anglo-German architect Richard Castles designed the wonderful Bishop’s Palace.

Castles built the Palace with its front overlooking the town wall which he had reduced in height so that it formed part of the palace’s terraced garden.

Today Richard Castles is celebrated as one of Ireland’s greatest architects having designed most of the great houses of Ireland including the seat of the Irish parliament, Leinster House in Dublin.

The Bishop’s Palace reveals the story of Waterford from 1700 to the 1970's. Amongst the many items of national and international significance displayed at the museum is the only surviving Bonaparte 'mourning cross', which was one of 12 produced upon Napoleon Bonaparte’s death in 1821. Our guides take you through the Georgian period with lots of stories to enhance the visual aspect of the palace.

The palace has on display the Penrose decanter, the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal, which dates back to 1789.

The Bishop’s Palace offers a unique experience for visitors. The building contains a wealth of fascinating artefacts, period furniture, beautiful fireplaces and a collection of rare and important paintings. An entire floor of the building is dedicated to historic stories specific to Waterford such as Ballybricken’s pig markets, Waterford’s Home Rule story, the First World War in Waterford, the War of Independence in Waterford, childhood and household living in Waterford and the story of Glass making in the Crystal city.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future!

Go raibh míle maith agat!

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Reviewed 9 June 2018

We bought the combination ticket with the Medieval Museum and went to the Bishop's Palace afterward. There were many interesting artifacts to see and learn about. Our guided tour helped to bring them to life. I don't think that we would have enjoyed the Bishop's Palace nearly as much without the guided tour, honestly. The tour stopped at the second floor, while there was much more on the third floor about the Uprising as well as other historical information about the people of Waterford in later years. I wish that we could have had more touring around these topics as well. I would purchase the combo ticket in order to see both the Bishop's Palace as well as the Medieval Museum, but I don't know that, in retrospect, I would purchase a single ticket for the Bishop's Palace.

Thank Holly D
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Waterford_Treasures, Public Relations Manager at Bishop's Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

Good morning Holly

Many thanks for taking the time to visit Ireland's oldest city, Waterford and to visit the beautiful Georgian Bishop's Palace and take our guided tour which is included in the entry fee, I'm sure the weather was not as hot as it's in Arizona.

The Bishop’s Palace Museum houses a display of Waterford treasures from 1700 to the 20th Century, and gives you a wonderful insight into the history of what was, up until the 1750s, Ireland’s second city.

Waterford city boasts the finest collection of 18th Century architecture of any city in Ireland outside of Dublin. Its great legacy from this era includes elegant architecture, silverware and of course, fine glass making. This period of elegance began in Waterford in 1741 when the Anglo-German architect Richard Castles designed the wonderful Bishop’s Palace. Castles built the Palace with its front overlooking the city wall which he had reduced in height so that it formed part of the palace’s terraced garden.

Today Richard Castles is celebrated as one of Ireland’s greatest architects having designed most of the great houses of Ireland including the seat of the Irish parliament, Leinster House in Dublin.

The Bishop’s Palace Museum reveals the story of Waterford from 1700 to the 1970's. Amongst the many items of national and international significance displayed at the museum is the only surviving Bonaparte 'mourning cross', which was one of 12 produced upon Napoleon Bonaparte’s death in 1821. Our professional and informative guides take you through the Georgian period with lots of stories and tales to enhance the visual aspect of the palace and its artefacts.

The museum also holds the Penrose wine decanter, the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal, which dates back to 1789.

The Bishop’s Palace offers a unique experience for visitors. The building contains a wealth of fascinating artefacts, period furniture, beautiful fireplaces and a collection of rare and important paintings. The top floor of the building is dedicated to historic stories specific to Waterford such as Ballybricken’s pig markets, Waterford’s Home Rule story, the First World War in Waterford, the War of Independence in Waterford, childhood and household living in Waterford and the story of Glass making in the Crystal city, which you can view at your leisure, as there are a number of audio visuals and many information panels about the artefacts.

We do hope you get an another opportunity to visit us again.

Go raibh míle maith agat!

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Reviewed 23 May 2018

We visited the palace at the end of our tour of the Viking Triangle. The whole city is so intricately tied together that you do not want to miss any of the attractions. In the palace is the Penrose decanter, the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal, which dates back to 1789. The history of Waterford is displayed throughout this home. You do not want to miss the "mourning cross" which was made after Napoleon's death. There is also a large canvas which is the first landscape painting of an Irish city commissioned by Waterford Corporation in 1736. It was absolutely stunning and a must see. There are a lot of steps but the home is handicap accessible. We did a package ticket that we purchased at the museum so the cost was definitely efficient.

Thank srile72
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Waterford_Treasures, Public Relations Manager at Bishop's Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

Good afternoon srile72,

Thank you for taking the time to visit and review the beautiful Bishop's Palace Museum. We appreciate your feedback.

The painting you've mentioned is 'View of Waterford' by Willem van der Hagen. As you've said this superb large canvas is the first landscape painting of an Irish city commissioned by Waterford Corporation in 1736 from William van der Hagen, for the sum of £20.

There are many highlights to this wonderful building, the Bishop’s Palace houses a display of Waterford treasures from 1700 to the 20th Century, and gives you a wonderful insight into the history of what was, up until the 1750's, Ireland’s second city.

Waterford city boasts the finest collection of 18th Century architecture of any city in Ireland outside of Dublin. Its great legacy from this era includes elegant architecture, silverware and of course, fine glass making. This period of elegance began in Waterford in 1741 when the Anglo-German architect Richard Castles designed the wonderful Bishop’s Palace.

Castles built the Palace with its front overlooking the town wall which he had reduced in height so that it formed part of the palace’s terraced garden.

Today Richard Castles is celebrated as one of Ireland’s greatest architects having designed most of the great houses of Ireland including the seat of the Irish parliament, Leinster House in Dublin.

The Bishop’s Palace reveals the story of Waterford from 1700 to the 1970's. Amongst the many items of national and international significance displayed at the museum is the only surviving Bonaparte 'mourning cross', which was one of 12 produced upon Napoleon Bonaparte’s death in 1821. Our guides take you through the Georgian period with lots of stories to enhance the visual aspect of the palace.

The palace has on display the Penrose decanter, the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal, which dates back to 1789.

The Bishop’s Palace offers a unique experience for visitors. The building contains a wealth of fascinating artefacts, period furniture, beautiful fireplaces and a collection of rare and important paintings. An entire floor of the building is dedicated to historic stories specific to Waterford such as Ballybricken’s pig markets, Waterford’s Home Rule story, the First World War in Waterford, the War of Independence in Waterford, childhood and household living in Waterford and the story of Glass making in the Crystal city.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future!

Go raibh míle maith agat!

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

Jack B brought us to this site which is a very beautiful, if not stark, Georgian building that was built in 1741, Inside are artifacts which describe the history of Waterford from 1880 on. Included is the oldest piece of waterford crystal in the world. Jack's discussion brought alive the history of this palace and the people who had lived here and gave us a greater understanding of what life in Waterford was like. Very interesting.

Thank jer b
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Waterford_Treasures, Public Relations Manager at Bishop's Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

Good afternoon jer b,

Thank you for taking the time to visit and review the beautiful Bishop's Palace Museum. We appreciate your feedback.

There are many highlights to this wonderful building, the Bishop’s Palace houses a display of Waterford treasures from 1700 to the 20th Century, and gives you a wonderful insight into the history of what was, up until the 1750's, Ireland’s second city.

Waterford city boasts the finest collection of 18th Century architecture of any city in Ireland outside of Dublin. Its great legacy from this era includes elegant architecture, silverware and of course, fine glass making. This period of elegance began in Waterford in 1741 when the Anglo-German architect Richard Castles designed the wonderful Bishop’s Palace.

Castles built the Palace with its front overlooking the town wall which he had reduced in height so that it formed part of the palace’s terraced garden.

Today Richard Castles is celebrated as one of Ireland’s greatest architects having designed most of the great houses of Ireland including the seat of the Irish parliament, Leinster House in Dublin.

The Bishop’s Palace reveals the story of Waterford from 1700 to the 1970's. Amongst the many items of national and international significance displayed at the museum is the only surviving Bonaparte 'mourning cross', which was one of 12 produced upon Napoleon Bonaparte’s death in 1821. Our guides take you through the Georgian period with lots of stories to enhance the visual aspect of the palace.

The palace has on display the Penrose decanter, the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal, which dates back to 1789.

The Bishop’s Palace offers a unique experience for visitors. The building contains a wealth of fascinating artefacts, period furniture, beautiful fireplaces and a collection of rare and important paintings. An entire floor of the building is dedicated to historic stories specific to Waterford such as Ballybricken’s pig markets, Waterford’s Home Rule story, the First World War in Waterford, the War of Independence in Waterford, childhood and household living in Waterford and the story of Glass making in the Crystal city.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future!

Go raibh míle maith agat!

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