The beating heart of the Shannon Region lies in Limerick City, with its pulse, the mighty River Shannon. Being the country’s third largest city it has a pace and dynamism you’ll find almost nowhere else in Ireland.
Limerick is a place for getting out and about. Heritage and hedonism co-exist comfortably in Ireland’s third largest city; where the medieval lanes surrounding King John’s Castle and the 800 year old St. Mary’s Cathedral, the elegant Georgian architecture of Pery Square and the treasure trove that is the Hunt Museum live side by side with the sociability of the city’s citizens, a buzzing nightlife, a thriving arts scene and a vibrant menu of year round festivals and events. Limerick is also rightly famed as the sporting capital of Ireland with the “spiritual home” of Munster Rugby, Thomond Park, dominating the skyline just outside of the city centre. Gaelic football, hurling, golf, horse-racing, walking and cycling are also particularly popular pursuits in Limerick. A flourishing restaurant scene that has been making headlines around Ireland and a wide range of top quality accommodation options makes this University City a must stop on any tourist itinerary to Ireland’s West Coast.
So much to do in and around limerick
King john's castle
KING JOHN’S CASTLE – was built by King John of England, who had granted Limerick its charter in 1197. Opened to the public as a major visitor attraction. Open Daily Year Round. Tel: 061-360788
the bishop's palace
THE BISHOP’S PALACE – Adjacent to King John’s Castle, this is the restored home of former Protestant Bishops of Limerick. Opening times and admission please T. 061 313399. www.limerickcivictrust.ie
st mary's cathedral
ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL – St. Mary’s Church of Ireland Cathedral is the oldest and most historic building in daily use in Limerick. Opening times and admission please Tel: 061 310293
Frank mccourt museum & leamy art gallery
FRANK McCOURT MUSEUM & LEAMY ART GALLERY – The Museum heightens awareness of the achievements of Frank McCourt, who grew up in Limerick City and tells his story in line with the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Angela’s Ashes. t. 061 319710
Limerick Museum – Limerick Museum – Founded in 1907 and opened in 1916, Limerick Museum is one of the largest local authority museums in the country. It has over 60,000 items, a selection of which are on display while the majority may be viewed on the online catalogue. Open Monday to Friday 10.00am-5.00pm.
The hunt museum
THE HUNT MUSEUM – is another riverside tourist gem in Limerick housing artefacts and antiquities dating from the Neolithic period to the 20th Century. The building itself dates back to the mid-18th Century. A visit is a must.
thomond park & stadium
st john's roman catholic cathedral
ST. JOHN’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL – The Cathedral was built in 1861 and has been in continuous use as a place of worship ever since. Contact: St. John’s Cathedral, St. John’s Square, Limerick City. Admission: Free. Donations accepted.
university arena & sports museum
UNIVERSITY ARENA & SPORTS MUSEUM – The University Arena, located in the University of Limerick campus, on the picturesque banks of the river Shannon, is proud to be Ireland’s largest indoor sports complex. Opening times and admission please t. 061 213555. www.universityarena.com
limerick city gallery of art
LIMERICK CITY GALLERY OF ART – invites you to see the best of contemporary art through the exhibition programme and to enjoy their extensive Collection of Irish art. Opening times and admission www.gallery.limerick.ie
wine & dine in limerick city
Award-winning restaurants, buzzing bistros and cheerful cafés serve up high quality meals certain to please the visitor and add a memorable culinary dimension to your stay. Limerick is renowned for its culture, its history and its many tourist attractions, but it is its excellent dining and the diversity and quality of the products on sale throughout the City and County that really set it apart. Visit Limerick and take the time to savour the marvellous creations of talented local artisan food producers, award winning chefs and purveyors of fine foods who are masters when it comes to combining new flavours and textures which will send you to foodie heaven! Don’t forget to check for the good value Early Bird menus, generally available in most restaurants from 5-7pm. Call into the Limerick Tourist Information Office, O’Connell Street, Limerick or Adare Tourist Office in Adare, Co. Limerick for a full listing of restaurants, cafés and bars or phone 061 317522. There is always something to do in Limerick, which is virtually bursting with fashionable bars, legendary pubs and rocking nightclubs. Whether you are a fan of music, theatre, opera, ballet or modern dance, Limerick offers these in abundance. The City and County also lay on a compelling menu of festivals and events throughout the year including the internationally renowned St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Riverfest Festival. GREAT ENTERTAINMENT VENUES AROUND LIMERICK – Limerick has a great choice of venues and locations where there is always something going on
mother macs public house
Mother Macs Public House on High St.has become renowned for its selection of craft beer and whiskey. The Pub offers a large selection of craft beer both on draught and capped as well as having an impressive whiskey selection. Any visitor should ask about the whiskey of the month offers. The pub has gained national recognition being named top 5 Craft Bars in Ireland by Hotpress Magazine, Craft Bar of the Year Nominee and Winner Best Pint of Guinness in Limerick 2016
3 day itinerary
discover limerick city - 24 hour itinerary
Bustling Limerick City, the Country’s third largest city has a pace and dynamism you’ll find almost nowhere else in Ireland. Put simply, Limerick is a place for getting out and about. In the city centre the medieval glories of King’s Island, home to the magnificent King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral (the oldest building in Limerick still in daily use), the Limerick Museum and the nearby Hunt Museum sit alongside pedestrian plazas lined with colourful boutiques, upmarket hotels, legendary pubs and nightclubs and award-winning restaurants, cafes and the all-weather Milk Market. The Georgian Quarter is also a gem in Limerick’s crown, with the elegant Georgian House and Garden (not open to the public), the Limerick City Art Gallery and the award-winning People’s Park. While Limerick is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city, it is easy to find yourself drawn into conversation or debate by the warmth in the welcome of the locals.
west county limerick - 48 hour itinerary
In contrast to the buzz of the City, County Limerick is a place of rural charm and great beauty. Today, take the N69 tour (Limerick’s Coastal Route). Stop off in Kilcornan’s cluster of tourist attractions where you will find Curraghchase Forest Park, Stonehall Visitor Farm, Rigneys Farmhouse and Kilcornan Karting. From there carry on to the medieval town of Askeaton with its 15th Century ruin and the well preserved Franciscan Friary. Next stop is Foynes, whose flying boat port played an important part in international aviation history. An absorbing museum commemorates the predecessor to Shannon Airport in Co. Clare and the home of the Irish Coffee. From here make your way to Newcastle West with its top visitor attraction Desmond Hall, followed by the town of Rathkeale and it’s beautiful Georgian houses with columned porticoes and ornate fanlights. Finish up your day with a visit to Adare, whose thatched cottages and medieval churches make it “Ireland’s Prettiest Village”. As in Limerick City, the County also has a flourishing restaurant scene and a wide range of top quality accommodation choices to suit all tastes and budgets
east county limerck - 72 hour itinerary
On day three of your visit to Limerick, take a trip eastwards to some of Limerick’s most attractive towns including Castleconnell, Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Medieval Kilmallock and Bruree, the birthplace of Eamon De Valera. Other East Limerick County gems include the outstanding Lough Gur Stone Age Centre which is home to the Grange Stone Circle, one of Ireland’s most intriguing archaeological sites and the mountain villages of Ballyhoura in the Golden Vale where mountain biking, trekking and outdoor pursuits are the name of the game.
activities to do in limerick
ANGLING – Fishing Tackle, Information, Fishing Licences and Permits available – log on to www.discoverireland.ie for more information.
EQUESTRIAN – Limerick is famed for its equestrian opportunities. This is horse-riding country and you’ll find many equestrian centres, both residential and non residential in Limerick. If you are into racing, located just outside Limerick near Patrickswell on the M20 is one of the most modern horse racing courses in Ireland – Limerick Racecourse. www.limerickraces.ie
water based activities
WATER BASED ACTIVITIES – The majestic River Shannon offers a choice of calm watersports or exciting rapids.
GOLF – Thanks to nature, some of the finest parkland courses in Ireland are located in Limerick. Here you will find top-quality, world-rated mature parkland courses which are an absolute joy to play on.
WALKING – is truly the best way to fully absorb the beauty of Limerick. Detailed information on walking trails is available from the Limerick Tourist Information Office and also online at www.irishtrails.ie