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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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Limerick City Hotel €78
Limerick City Hotel

Limerick City Hotel

Lower Mallow Street, Limerick
     
    3.8
    of 5, from 818 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Limerick City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Frank McCourt Museum and St. Mary's Cathedral. The Treaty Stone and King John's Castle are also within 1 mile (2 km).

    Great National South Court Hotel €76
    Great National South Court Hotel

    Great National South Court Hotel

    Raheen Roundabout, Limerick
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 290 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Located in the heart of Limerick, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cresent Shopping Centre, Frank McCourt Museum and Limerick City Gallery of Art. Thomond Park and University Concert Hall are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Limerick Strand Hotel €105
      Limerick Strand Hotel

      Limerick Strand Hotel

      Ennis Road, Limerick
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 961 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.

        Clayton Hotel Limerick €76
        Clayton Hotel Limerick

        Clayton Hotel Limerick

        Steamboat Quay, Limerick
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 454 reviews
          4.0 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 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away.

          Maldron Hotel Limerick
          Maldron Hotel Limerick

          Maldron Hotel Limerick

          Southern Ring Road, Limerick
             
            4.0
            of 5, from 834 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            This family-friendly Limerick hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Roxboro Shopping Centre, Limerick College of Further Education and Sarsfield Memorial Statue. St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Travelodge Limerick Castletroy €54
            Travelodge Limerick Castletroy

            Travelodge Limerick Castletroy

            Dublin Road N7, Limerick
               
              3.7
              of 5, from 379 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the heart of Limerick, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Childers Road Retail Park, St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle. The Treaty Stone is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.

              Castletroy Park Hotel
              Castletroy Park Hotel

              Castletroy Park Hotel

              Dublin Road, Limerick
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 446 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in the suburbs, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from University Concert Hall and within 3 miles (5 km) of St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle. The Treaty Stone is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

                Travelodge Hotel Limerick Ennis Road €60
                Travelodge Hotel Limerick Ennis Road

                Travelodge Hotel Limerick Ennis Road

                Ennis Road Coonagh Roundabout N18, Limerick
                   
                  3.6
                  of 5, from 308 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Limerick, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Gaelic Grounds and within 3 miles (5 km) of The Treaty Stone and King John's Castle. St. Mary's Cathedral is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

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