Since 1990, Jack Burtchaell at Waterford Tourist Services has provided walking tours of the historic core of Waterford city, known as the Viking Triangle. The tour lasts 1 hour and covers over a 1,000 years of history, and includes four National Monuments, two Cathedrals and introduces the visitor to the city’s history.
Jack offers public tours for the individual tourist or small groups twice each day from March 15th to October 15th. Tours start from the Tourist Information Centre at 11.45 a.m and 1.45 p.m each day and from the Granville Hotel at 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm. No need to book, just turn up. Out of season, tours are available on request.
Jack Burtchaell studied Archaeology, History and Geography at University College Dublin with a First Class Honours Degree and afterwards, specialised in the field of Historical Geography. Here, his interest in heritage tourism developed, and ever since, he has combined tourism and active historical research. He is also now a part-time lecturer for Maynooth University in the Outreach campus at St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny City.
Jack’s Walking Tours have received many awards including best tour feature by CIE ‘International Awards of Excellence,’ a ‘special merit’ award in 2007, Bord Fáilte ‘Irish Welcome Award,’ Jury’s hotel ‘Achievement Award,’ and First ‘Heritage Individual’ award
Tours are also listed in many international travel books and guides.