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.
THE HUNT MUSEUM - is another tourist gem in Limerick. It is housed in the restored Custom House. The building itself dates back to the mid 18th century. A visit is a must.
THOMOND PARK STADIUM, MUSEUM & TOURS - Thomond Park is the home ground of Munster Rugby. The famous venue, renowned internationally for its unique history has hosted a galaxy of events that has truly established the stadium as a world class multi – purpose venue
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 Church of Ireland Cathedral is the oldest and most historic building in daily use in Limerick. Opening times and admission please Tel: 061 310293
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.
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 Admission: Free. Donations accepted. www.frankmccourtmuseum.com
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 - 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
LIMERICK CITY MUSEUM - The Museum's collection illustrates the history of Limerick and its people. It is located in the City Hall. Visit the website www.limerickcity.ie/CityMuseum for more information.
DISCOVER LIMERICK CITY
Your 24 Hour Limerick 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.
EXPLORE WEST COUNTY LIMERICK
Your 48 Hour Limerick 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.
EXPLORE EAST COUNTY LIMERICK
Your 72 Hour Limerick 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.
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 5-7.00 pm. 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.
Welcome to Limerick
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. Put simply, 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.
In 2014 Limerick made history after winning its bid to the first every Irish City of Culture. Limerick has celebrated this prestigious designation with a high-quality programme of events and initiatives that have taken place throughout the year. For more information log on to www.limerick.ie
Some of the many things to see & do in LIMERICK CITY:
• Visit the world famous Hunt Museum, Rutland St., Limerick City.
• Thomond Park Rugby Stadium and Museum Tour, Cratloe Road, Limerick
• Get some fresh air in the People’s Park, Pery Sq.
• Take the Angela’s Ashes Walking Tour (departs Limerick Tourist Information Office)
• Browse around the Milk Market, Limerick City on Friday, Saturday (the busiest) and Sunday mornings.
• Visit the historic King John’s Castle, Nicholas Street, Limerick
• Visit the 11th Century St. Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street, Limerick.
• Soak up Limerick’s past at The Frank McCourt Museum, Hartstonge Street.
• View some fine Irish and International art at Limerick City Art Gallery, Pery Square,Limerick City.
• Go to the Dogs! Enjoy a fun-filled night out at the Limerick Greyhound Stadium.
Some of the many things things to see & do in LIMERICK COUNTY:
• Visit the absorbing Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Foynes, County Limerick.
• Visit the beautiful Clare Glens near Murroe, County Limerick
• Visit Ireland’s prettiest village, Adare Village, Adare, County Limerick.
• Explore the hidden histories of Lough Gur, Bruff, County Limerick.
• Go Horse Racing at Limerick Raceourse, Patrickswell, County
• Get active at the Mountain Bike Park in the Ballyhoura Mountains, County Limerick.
• Take the glorious Limerick Garden Trail (various gardens throughout County Limerick).
• Go Medieval in Kilmallock, County Limerick.
• Explore the picturesque wonderland that is Curraghchase Forest Park, Kilcornan, Co Limerick.
ANGLING - Fishing Tackle, Information, Fishing Licences and Permits available at the local tourist office. or log on to www.discoverireland.ie for more information.
CYCLING - Comprehensive information on cycling trails available locally in the Limerick Toursit Office also online at www.discoverireland.ie
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.
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.discoverireland.ie
WATER BASED ACTIVITIES - The majestic River Shannon offers a choice of calm watersports or exciting rapids.
Red Viking Tours - Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Limerick City - Our new hop
on/hop off route can be picked up at any one of 9 attractions in the city. We pass Arthur's Quay once every 45 minutes. Enjoy the informative commentary with your friendly driver guide as we show you our city dating back to the arrival of the Vikings in 812. Let us entertain you with the wealth of history and folklore that our lovely city has to offer while you capture the panoramic views. This is a fun and informative tour which takes approximately 90 minutes and we look forward to welcoming you aboard. Tel: 061 394033 www.redvikingtours.com
The Limerick Craft Hub is a vibrant addition to the city’s creative culture. Inside is the city’s newest and largest craft shop, a craft gallery, a craft classroom and open studios where
you can meet the craft workers and watch their skills at work. Browse the handmade crafts, join in