Walk Limerick’s story with Limerick Civic Trust – the city where the English ruled, where the Irish resisted, where the tide turned and the modern city grew. We’ll bring you through the castles and graveyards, the cathedrals and market squares. We’ll tell you about murders, rebellions and victories, about battles, loves and losses.
We’ll open up today’s streets, bridges and urban art, introduce you to the city’s quirks, secrets and personalities. After it all, we’ll swop stories and gossip over coffee and lunch in award-winning, traditional restaurants. Meet you at the Castle. And bring an umbrella, it rains a little round here...
This is the oldest section of Medieval Limerick, built on King’s Island and surrounded by the Shannon and Abbey Rivers. The walls of Englishtown were built during the 12th & 13th centuries, and this area is therefor steeped in history and many landmarks from the time are still in existence, the best preserved being King John’s Castle (1210) and St. Mary’s Cathedral (1168).
The Norman leaders at the time did not like the fact that their people were adopting the Irish customs and fashions. Thus, the native Irish were expelled from the city and formed a settlement on the southern bank of the Abbey River known as Irishtown. The walling of the city started in 1310, but it was 1495 before it was completed.
Meeting Point: King John’s Castle
Englishtown Walk: Monday - Friday @ 11am
Irishtown Walk: Monday - Friday @ 2pm