With the summer holidays right around the corner, Limerick has lots on offer to keep the kids entertained, and the grown-ups too! Don't just take our word for it, here's a list of recommended family fun attractions and activities from our social media fans!
"Lough Gur is the same as it was when I was a child, totally uncommercialised. A beautiful spot to take kids for a picnic while also learning about Limerick's history"- Rosaleen on Facebook
"Lough Gur, lovely walks for all the family" - Anne Marie on Facebook
Lough Gur is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. You will be captivated by the beauty, charm and tranquillity of this ancient place! Read more about it here.
King John's Castle
"If you only go to one place in Limerick, it has to be King John's Castle" - Eileen on Facebook
King John’s Castle is situated in the heart of medieval Limerick City. Visitors of all ages will find something to inspire and excite them at the brand new visitor experience at King John’s Castle. The stunning new exhibition at King John’s Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history. Read more about it here.
"I have lovely memories of the People's Park. Lovely picnics and the bands used to play there on summer evenings. I loved walking there and playing there and my older kids loved going there!" - Sadie on Facebook
"People's Park is very nice for smallies. Bring a football or hurleys for the older ones!" Geraldine on Facebook
The principal park in Limerick City, the People's Park is perfect for a picnic and also has a children's playground! Read more about it here.
Limerick Milk Market
The Limerick Milk Market is located in the heart of Limerick city. With almost 50 stalls and 21 shop units, experience the sights, sounds and smells! Don't leave without treating yourself at one of the many food stalls - pastries, chocolates, crepes and more! Read more about it here.
The City Boardwalk
"Boardwalks along the river!" - Edel on Facebook
Limerick's newly refurbished city boardwalks wrap around the River Shannon, providing a free, fun option for a walk in the city! With benches along the way and spectacular views, it is a must! Read more about it here.
— BeeActiv (@BeeActiv) May 18, 2015
Curraghchase Forest Park is a fantastic amenity for all the family to enjoy! The Park covers 313 hectares of mixed woodlands, park land and lakes which together provide a rich habitat for a diverse range of animals and plants. Read more about it here.
Parks, Walks and Woodlands
"Castletroy Park xx brilliant xx walks, shop and park xx" - Michelle on Facebook
"Cratloe Woods is a great place to take the kids and it's free :)" - Ciara on Facebook
"The Great Southern Trail" - Denis on Facebook
"Cycling or walking along by the river at the University of Limerick is lovely on a nice day" - Geraldine on Facebook
"The Ballyhoura horse trail and Ballyhoura walks" - Orla on Facebook
The Ballyhoura Mountains have a wide range of activities for families who want to get active! Horse riding, orienteering, walking routes and mountain biking - boredom is prohibited! Read more about it here.
The Clare Glens
"The Clare Glens walk is fab but you have to stay with kids at all times. Gorgeous" - Geraldine on Facebook
The Clare Glens forest park is situated in a hilly area. It has beautiful nature trails, which are well signposted and incorporate lots of the other attractions, such as the natural rock pools, rapids and waterfalls. Read more about it here.
Visit your library
"A visit to the local library after school. Dooradoyle, the Granary, Moyross" - Emma on Facebook
School might be coming to an end for another year, but that doesn't mean their reading has to stop! Join your local library today, they host lots of fun events including story telling, music recitals and arts and crafts!