'The Limerick Tour' is an action packed one day itinerary that encapsulates the best that our city has to offer in history, culture, food & music.
Experience the city like a local with a guide, giving you modern insight & fascinating history.
Includes an ward-winning lunch at a riverside restaurant with a Limerick pub experience & Irish traditional music session & lots more!
Admission to The Hunt Museum & King John's Castle is included.
- 11.30am: Meet your friendly expert guide outside The Locke Bar. Grab a coffee & sit outside by the river while we chat through the days itinerary.
St Mary's Cathedral – we will walk around the grounds of Limerick's oldest building. From Viking invaders to the Yugoslavian prince whose grave we will visit, there is enough history here to write several books on!
Medieval Quarter tour – we walk through some of Limerick's oldest streets taking in the Treaty Stone, some important Angelas Ashes sites, the Clancy Strand Barracks and even the house where a former mayor of Limerick was shot dead!
1pm: Lunchtime – enjoy free lunch in the Curragower Seafood Bar. “The Gower” is one of Limerick's oldest bars, it boasts an award winning menu & spectacular riverside views of King John's Castle.
2pm: After lunch we continue our tour up past Clancy Strand Barracks & into the city centre. We can quite literally take a walk through Limericks history from the Medieval up to the 1900's as we will start to see remnants here of the Irish War of Independence. There are literally bullet holes in the walls!
We take in some commemorative statues of Limericks finest exports – Hollywood actor Richard Harris & international rugby player Antony Foley.
2.30pm: Tour highlight - Your guide will leave you at the Hunt Museum with tickets for both here & King Johns Castle (just a short walk away). The Hunt is one of Ireland's finest museums boasting works by Picasso, Renoir & Yeats. King John's Castle is an iconic 12th century fortress that brings to life over 800 years of history. You have until 5pm to explore both sites. We recommend about 1 hour for the museum & 90 minutes for the castle.
5pm: Meet your guide at the front of the castle where we will leave for the last leg of the tour. As we walk back through the medieval quarter our guide will tell us of how the Great Famine of the 1800s ravaged this area resulting in the loss of millions.
5.30pm: No day in Limerick is complete without a) a good pint of Guinness & b) some music. So the last stop of our day is to our very own traditional Irish music session. The University of Limerick is home to some of the worlds best traditional musicians so expect to see just that at this city centre trad session. We recommend trying the Richard Harris drink of choice – a Guinness whiskey chaser. A mouthful of Guinness, followed by a sip of Jameson, and repeat!
6pm: Tour highlight - The trad session runs until 7pm and then again at 9-11pm. Dinner is also served all evening and all our customers can avail of a 15% discount!
Starting place: The Locke Bar, George's Quay, Limerick
Running daily 11.30am – 6:30pm