As the tide on the River Suir, runs very strong in this section, it is advisable to plan a passage taking advantage of the tides.  From the Barrow Bridge / Cheekpoint; follow the deep and well-marked commercial channel up the River Suir passed Bellview Port on the north bank.  (For more on Cheekpoint, see Section 29c.)


Little Island

At Little Island, where a second channel appears, keep to starboard and pass on the north side in the Queens Channel.  The eastern end of the island is clearly marked with a lighted beacon (a sand spit extends east a distance from the island), and usual passage is to the north of the island following the commercial channel into Waterford. The King’s Channel, which runs south of the Island, is the original river course and is silted up.  The ferry to Waterford Castle runs from the south side of the Island and there are private pontoons and moorings in this section.  On approach to the city, take note of available berths in Facilities below. LWS draught 2.5 metres (8.2 feet).


Waterford City

Waterford Danish founders named Waterford City - Vadrefjord (Windy fjord) in the 9th century.   Features of the city include: the Viking Triangle, Reginald’s Tower, City Hall, the Bishop's Palace, St. Patrick's Church, Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Black Friars, St. Olave's Church, Greyfriars, Waterford Treasures Museum and the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre.  Events and exhibitions run frequently in the Theatre Royal, Garter Lane Arts Centre, City Hall and the Forum.  The Tourist Office is on the Quay.



There are a number of pontoons on approach to the city.  The first is the privately owned Grannagh pontoon, next is the Waterford Boat Club pontoon at St Johns River, then the marina pontoons on the Adelphi Quay, which stretch for 360 metre and are fully designated. 

The first half of the Plaza pontoons are also designated but the latter half of the plaza and the clock tower section of the marina are available to visitors. Be aware of the strong tides when coming alongside and moor securely.  

The marina has water, electricity and is central to all amenities in the city including a chandlery. 

For more berthing information contact: Waterford Marina (John Codd): Mob: +353 87 2384944, e-mail:


Waterford is connected to other major centres via the N9 to Dublin, the N25 to Cork (west) and Rosslare (east) and the N24 to Limerick.   The Bus Station is located on the quay and Plunkett railway station is over the bridge on the north side of the Suir with daily connections to Dublin and Limerick Junction.  Waterford Airport is within 8km with flights to the UK and mainland Europe

Tide estimates are based on High Water Cobh +0057

The River Suir’s upper reaches are navigable for a further 19 miles making Carrick-on-Suir accessible from Waterford. 

Distance from Waterford City to: Carrick On Suir – 20 miles; Dunmore East – 8.1 miles; Cheekpoint - 4.2 miles and New Ross – 9.6 miles.  Admiralty Charts 2046: details of Waterford Port - scale of 1:7,500 


>Port of Waterford Harbour Master: VHF ch16 & 14
   Tel: + 353 (0)51 74499, Mobile + 353 (0)87 7931705

>Waterford Marina (John Codd): Mob: +353 87 2384944, e-mail:

>Carrick On Suir Marina (Jim Power): Mob: +353 (0)87 6934447

·     >Waterford Customs: + 353 (0)51 877011

>Gardai (Police): +353 (0)51 305300

>Doctor: +353 (0)51 883194; Hospital: +353 51 848000

Section 30:  Section Chart