Things To Do in Limerick
Limerick is located in Southwest Ireland. It is a pleasant, largely rural county. Limerick City (third largest city in Ireland) is located on the banks of the River Shannon, located just 50 minutes from the coastline and 20 minutes from Shannon International Airport.
Limerick boasts a number of tourist attractions, as well as numerous shops and a vibrant night life.
Local highlights include:
The Milk Market:
The Milk Market , Cormarket Row is one of Irelands most famous markets. Here since 1852, local producers & traders have been selling fish, natural foods and other produce to residents and visitors alike. Friday Flea market, Saturday Famous Food market & Sunday variety Market and daily stalls open throughout the week. Please pick up a leaflet at reception.
King John's Castle
is a 13th Century Castle on 'King's Island' in the heart of Medieval Limerick, Explore 800 years of history brought to life in the historical exhibition, excavated pre-Norman houses, fortifications, siege mines & battlement walks.
The Hunt Museum:
The Hunt Museum exhibits one of Ireland's greatest private collections of art & antiques. The collection reflects Ireland's celtic past as well as masterworks by Da Vinci, Yeats & Renoir.
Thomond Park Museum & Stadium Tours:
Thomond Park stadium tour takes you to places usually only accessible to players & officials. From a seat in the home dressing room to a walk down the tunnel, the tour gives a unique opportunity to experience how Munster players feel on big match days. The full stadium tour consists or a museum visit & film plus visits to the pitchside and the Munster dugout. The interactive museum showcases a range of impressive memorabillia.
Lough Gur Stoneage Centre:
The Lough Gur visitor centre houses an audio visual show, exhibition of artefacts and display panels which interpret the story of man from the Stone Age, telling the story of pre-Catholic settlers of Ireland who farmed and lived in this peaceful valley.
Limerick Races has combined the elements of a rich history of horse racing with top-class modern facilities to bring you a meeting place of unparalleled standards. From the first recorded fixtures in 1790, racing in Co. Limerick was held in seven different venues. The last, Greenpark, closing in 1999 after an impressive 130 years of racing. Today’s course, on 250 acres, carries with it the memories of more than 200 years of racing and is looking forward to creating its own memories for years to come.
Limerick Greyhound Stadium:
The new Limerick Greyhound Stadium opened in October 2010, and boasts world-class facilities. The stadium, which is a great addition to the sporting culture in Limerick, is open for Greyhound Racing every Friday and Saturday night. With excellent bars, a restaurant, fast-food and carvery and unrivalled viewing facilities, a visit to Limerick Greyhound Stadium is a must.
St Mary's Cathedral:
St Mary's Cathedral is one of Limerick's oldest buildings in the protestant church. It is best known for its beautiful architecture and is worth a visit whilst in Limerick.
Belltable Arts Centre:
The Belltable Limerick was established in 1981 and was the first regional arts centre in the country. The arts centre is multidisciplinary with a programme of theatre, dance, visual arts, music, film and comedy.
The Treaty Stone:
One of Limericks most famous landmarks. The Treaty Stone commemorates the Treaty of Limerick signed in 1691. The Treaty Stone in Limerick is situated on Clancys Strand, beside the river Shannon and opposite King John's Castle in the ancient City of Limerick.
oura Country is home to over 1500km of Way Marked Walks & National Looped Walks, a walkers & hikers paradise – the Ballyhoura Mountains & The Galtee Mountains offer the walker/hiker a range of walks to suit their ability. From gentle 5km routes to strenuous summit climbs – the regions unspoiled countryside will take your breath away.
Also home to Ireland's Mountain Biking Centre of Excellence – the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails feature over 10 km of single track cross country trails, recognized as the finest trail network of its kind in Europe. All trails are free to use.
Planning a tour of the South West?
Limerick is a perfect base if you are planning on visiting the various attractions the South West has to offer. With a collection of galleries, theatres and museums is it the perfect location to soak up the Irish culture.
If history is more your cup of tea why not visit the many castles, round towers and medieval ruins the South West has to offer.
Everybody loves the breathtaking views Ireland has to offer, below is just some of what can be seen in the South West.
- Cliffs of Moher
- Galtee Mountains
- Dingle Peninsula
- The Ring of Kerry