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Limerick Holiday Guide

The city of Limerick hugs the River Shannon as it broadens out to meet the wider sea waters of the estuary in Mid-West Ireland. Limerick has been broadening its own horizons in recent years with rejuvenation projects and a cultural renaissance that have helped make it a fantastic place to explore the surrounding region from.

Limerick itself is full of historical and contemporary delights that include welcoming pubs and restaurants, a lively music and arts scene, castles, splendid Georgian architecture and some wonderful walks along the coast and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the rivers, lakes and sea that surround the city.

Limerick is the fourth largest city in Ireland, and a popular tourist destination, so it is well served by cafes, bars, pubs, restaurants and hotels.

The city centre is divided in three: there’s the historical English Town, complete with atmospheric castle on the southern end of King's Island, Irish Town lining the south bank of the river and the impressive Georgian architecture of Newtown Perry, which can easily be distinguished by its gridded network of streets. 

Historical Limerick

For lovers of history Limerick offers a treasure trove of places to explore. King John’s Castle is a magnificent 13th century showpiece in the centre of town. To best appreciate its imposing walls and towers you should take it all in from the west bank of the River Shannon.

The Hunt Museum is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s finest housing the finest collection of Bronze Age, Iron Age and medieval treasures outside of Dublin.

Just over the medieval Thomond Bridge you will find the Treaty Stone which marks the spot where the Treaty of Limerick was signed to end the war between the Jacobites and the supporters of William of Orange.

A short drive out of town will bring you to the beautiful Neolithic sites of Lough Gur  and the pretty, historic village of Adare.

Cultural Limerick

As Ireland’s City of Culture in 2014 Limerick confirmed its place at the forefront of the country’s music and arts scenes. Throughout the year Limerick hosts a wide range of festivals, so there is always something happening. ev+a (visual arts) takes place from March to May, the Limerick International Music Festival (classical) is in late May, Blas (traditional music) is held in June and July and Cuisle (poetry) in October.

Even when a festival isn’t taking place there are temporary and permanent exhibitions to explore at the excellent Limerick City Gallery of Art of Art and plenty of opportunities to catch traditional music in the city itself or a short drive away in Milltown Malbay and Doolin, both renowned for their enthusiastic support of Irish music.

Getting away from it all

Limerick is also a great base to enjoy boat rides down the Shannon from, to fish from tranquil locations, to make trips out to the exquisitely beautiful shores of Lough Gur or to cruise down the coast and enjoy the spectacular views from the Cliffs of Moher.

With its perfect position in the middle of western Ireland Limerick is a great place to use as a springboard to this area, but it’s an even better place to come back to time and time again.


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The Savoy Hotel €96
The Savoy Hotel

The Savoy Hotel

Henry Street, Limerick
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 503 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Limerick City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of O'Connell Street and St. Mary's Cathedral. The Treaty Stone and King John's Castle are also within 15 minutes.

    Absolute Hotel Limerick €85
    Absolute Hotel Limerick

    Absolute Hotel Limerick

    Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 958 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      This family-friendly Limerick hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of King John's Castle and Hunt Museum. Thomond Park and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Limerick City Hotel €62
      Limerick City Hotel

      Limerick City Hotel

      Lower Mallow Street, Limerick
         
        3.7
        of 5, from 777 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Limerick City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Frank McCourt Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral and The Treaty Stone. King John's Castle is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away.

        Limerick Strand Hotel €109
        Limerick Strand Hotel

        Limerick Strand Hotel

        Ennis Road, Limerick
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 912 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly Limerick hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Arthur's Quay Park and The Treaty Stone. King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.

          Maldron Hotel Limerick €66
          Maldron Hotel Limerick

          Maldron Hotel Limerick

          Southern Ring Road, Limerick
             
            4.0
            of 5, from 795 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            This family-friendly Limerick hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Roxboro Shopping Centre, People's Park and Limerick City Gallery of Art. St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            The Pier Hotel €50
            The Pier Hotel

            The Pier Hotel

            Sarsfield Street, Limerick
               
              3.7
              of 5, from 397 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Limerick City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arthur's Quay Park, The Treaty Stone and St. Mary's Cathedral. King John's Castle is 0.6 mi (1 km) away.

              Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel €119
              Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel

              Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel

              Knockanes Adare Limerick, Adare
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 197 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly Adare hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Adare Golf Club and Adare Heritage Centre. Cresent Shopping Centre and Limerick Racecourse are also within 9 miles (15 km).

                No. 1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa €145
                No. 1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa

                No. 1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa

                1 Pery Square, Georgian Quarter, Limerick
                   
                  4.7
                  of 5, from 223 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Limerick City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Limerick City Gallery of Art, St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle. The Treaty Stone is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.

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