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With some of Ireland’s sunniest weather, Tramore springs to life every summer with a wonderful holiday atmosphere. Have fun on the beach and discover your inner child at the amusement parks.
Tramore means “big strand” in Irish, and you’ll soon see why. With more than 5 km of golden sand, the beach is what makes Tramore endure as a holiday destination. If you’re not in the mood for lounging, trawl the rock pools at low tide for crabs and periwinkles.
Be sure to bring your sense of fun (and full pockets) to the funfair when you’re in Tramore. Traditionalists will love the waltzers, bumper cars, and dizzying ferris wheels, and there are walls of death galore for the more contemporary thrill seeker.
Because Tramore is a beach break wave, the waves are slower to form, making this the perfect place to learn how to surf or perfect your technique. Surf clubs offering both lessons and board hire include Oceanics, Tramore Surf School, T-Bay, and Freedom Surf School.
One of the best ways to appreciate Waterford’s 147 km of coastline and 49 beaches is to follow the South East Coastal Drive. The dramatic route begins in Wexford Town and ends in Ardmore, taking in Tramore en route.
Explore Waterford’s impressive collection of portal tombs by following the Dolmen Drive from Tramore. This route takes in Knockeen dolmen, Gaulstown portal tomb, Ballymoate menhir, the Matthestown passage tomb, Ballynageeragh portal tomb, and Dunhill portal tomb.
Legendary Waterford cyclist Sean Kelly receives a much-deserved tribute with the annual Sean Kelly Tour, which takes place over an August weekend. Four routes of varying difficulty cater for all fitness levels, from a 12km Kelly Spin for all the family to the 160km Kelly Comeragh Challenge.
Racing in Tramore originated in 1785, becoming so popular by 1807 that a six-day August meeting was launched, and the tradition continues to this day. After a €5-million refurbishment under the new ownership of local racing fans, the Tramore Races are getting better every year.
The Tramore Slí is a 5km walk that starts on Church Road and hugs the coastline along the Doneraile Walk. The route presents glorious views of Tramore Strand, backed by some of the highest sand dunes in Ireland. The Doneraile Walk covers historical maritime features, including a memorial to the victims of the 1863 Sea Horse tragedy.
With its glorious beach setting, Tramore is the perfect place for equestrian pursuits, and you can enjoy horse riding and pony trekking at several local centres. Riders of all abilities are catered for, with everything from gentle beach treks to cross-country jumping. Tuition and equipment can be provided, and horses are also available for hire.
Discover Waterford’s mining history on the Copper Coast Drive. Set off from Tramore and drive 25km, taking in the villages of Fenor, Annestown, Dunhill, Boatstrand, Bunmahon and Stradbally. The drive brings you along a coastline that was central to the copper mining industry in the 18th and 19th centuries. Along the way you will discover eight family friendly beaches, some of which are popular among surfers and divers. Guided walks and family events take place during the summer.
1.3km from Tramore
Enjoy 4-star luxury in a holiday home in the seaside resort town of Tramore in County Waterford. Both of these properties are perfect for a family holiday, with their relaxing location close to fine sandy beaches and beautiful scenery. Semi-detached in style, both houses have three bedrooms and can sleep up to five people. There is a well-equipped kitchen/dining area and a cosy sitting room, where you will feel at home in front of the television and open fire.
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