New York Times names Waterford among top ‘52 Places’ to visit in 2024

The New York Times has named Waterford among the top places to visit worldwide in 2024 and is the only Irish location on the list.

The New York Times’ annual ’52 Places To Visit’ list ranked Waterford 30th – on a wide-ranging list covering areas in Australia, Cambodia and across the world.

The report singled out amenities such as the Copper Coast, Mount Congreve and the Waterford Greenway.

In 2021 Waterford was singled out by the Irish Times as being Ireland’s best place to live with the judges citing its Viking history as visible in the Viking Triangle, Reginald’s Tower and Waterford’s many museums.

Travel expert AnneLise Sorensen said:

“Waterford’s natural riches rival its historical ones, notably the Copper Coast, hemmed by towering cliffs and scalloped coves. The coast forms part of the Waterford Greenway, a nearly 30-mile path along a disused rail line. Top off your Greenway adventure with afternoon tea amid one of Ireland’s largest collections of plants at Mount Congreve Gardens, which reopened in 2023 after a multimillion-dollar refurbishment.”


It comes on the back of a good week for Waterford as it was named Ireland’s cleanest city in the latest Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) rankings and Condé Nast Traveller also included Waterford in its Best Places to Go in UK and Ireland in 2024.