Limerick, Munster
Limerick, Munster, Ireland
Birr Castle Gardens
River Shannon
Third largest city in Ireland its history dates back futher than London
Did you know? Limerick has been named one of the European Cities of Sport for 2011 by the European Capitals of Sport organisation.
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Set in a picturesque location by the River Shannon, Limerick is the third biggest city of the Republic of Ireland. A city of many contrasts, the juxtaposition of the modern and the old makes Limerick one of the top destinations in Ireland, offering a wide range of excellent shops and restaurants. Older than London, the city’s origins date back to when the Vikings sailed up the Shannon Estuary in 922 and founded a settlement on an island. Nowadays, you can still find traces of its rich medieval past in the narrow and winding streets.

Activities in Limerick

Stroll along the heritage trail Limerick Medieval Heritage Precinct and explore the various landmarks in this historic district. You will find a most impressive Anglo-Norman fortification: the 800-year-old King John’s Castle. It was built between 1200 and 1210 and was repaired and extended many times in the following centuries. The castle boasts loads of medieval artefacts and reconstructions to help you understand what life was like in the 13th century. King John’s Castle will boast a brand new visitor centre in 2013, allowing you to fully explore the castle with interactive technology. Adjacent to King John’s Castle, the Bishop’s Palace is the restored home of former Protestant Bishops of Limerick.

Limerick City Museum is beside King John's Castle. Its collection illustrates the history of Limerick and its people and exhibits include Stone Age and Bronze Age artefacts, the civic sword, Limerick silverwork, and examples of Limerick's lace and kid-glove manufacturing.

Hunt museumThe Hunt Museum is one of Ireland’s most important private collections of art and antiquities. It holds about 2000 different artefacts, both from Ireland and abroad such as pieces dating from the Neolithic period to modern times including works from Renoir, Picasso and Jack B Yeats. The collection is acknowledged as one of the most important private mediaeval collections in the world.

St. Mary's Cathedral was founded in 1168 by Donal Mór O'Brien, king of Munster. This is the oldest building in Limerick and is well known for its beautiful architecture.

The Georgian House has been carefully restored and shows how Limerick’s swells once lived. The back garden has also been restored to its original style from the mid 19th century and is a rare and fine example of its kind. For all visitors to Limerick and for all historic house enthusiasts a visit to No. 2 Pery Square is a must!

What's nearby to Limerick?

Moving out from Limerick City, you will find yourself surrounded by a picturesque countryside with charming towns and villages running along the banks of the Shannon.

AdareThe beautiful and quaint village of Adare is nestled in a wooden and lush countryside setting, is arguably Ireland’s prettiest and most picturesque village. Designated as a Heritage Town, has a rich wealth of heritage, as well as architectural and scenic beauty: its thatched-roof cottages and stone buildings are truly a gem and must not be missed if you want an authentic trip to Ireland! Adare Castle is regarded as a fine example of the medieval fortified castle in Ireland and is one of a number of outstanding castles situated in County Limerick.

Lough Gur is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites and is set in a peaceful and tranquil area near a beautiful lake. Traces of human activity can be traced back to 3000 BC! This ancient place hosts a number of display cases telling the story of the manufacture and use of flint and bronze material and their eventual deposition in the area as well as their recovery. There are replicas of Stone Age pottery as well as other artefacts depicting the lifestyles of the first inhabitants of Lough Gur.

Down the coast in the town of Foynes the Flying Boat Museum recalls the period of the 1930's and early 1940's when Foynes was the fulcrum point for air traffic between Europe and America and flying boats were regular visitors with exhibits, illustrations and audio-visuals.
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