Bustling Limerick City, the country’s third largest city has a pace and dynamism you’ll find nowhere else in Ireland. Put simply, Limerick is a place for getting out and about!
Where better to begin your Limerick itinerary, than in its city centre. Limerick is an ideal city to explore on foot or by the city’s very own Bike Rental Scheme. Limerick city, one of the oldest cities in Europe, is a Viking city dating back to the 9th century and is home to a multitude of historical and cultural treasures.
Its castles, ancient walls and museums are a testament to its dramatic and captivating past. Explore King’s Island - the Medieval Quarter of Limerick and to bring your Limerick experience to life, why not take a walking tour, a horse drawn carriage tour or perhaps a kayaking tour of the city to see Limerick’s medieval gems from a completely different perspective. With Red Viking Tours, you can hop on a red open top tour bus and enjoy live commentary as you ride through a city steeped in history.
There is a mind boggling amount of history to absorb here, including the 13th Century King John’s Castle. Imagine a Norman soldier’s life in this ancient fortress and take in some of the very best views of the city from its medieval turrets.
St. Mary’s Cathedral – is the oldest building in Limerick still in daily use and if the walls could talk what a story they would tell! Immerse yourself in Limerick’s fascinating history at the nearby Limerick City Museum and at the Hunt Museum which houses over 2,000 works of art and antiquity including pieces by Renoir and Picasso. Make sure to also take in some sporting history at Limerick’s Thomond Park Stadium.
While you soak up Limerick’s amazing historic sights, don’t forget to also savour the here and now. Take in the eyecatching urban art dotted around the city; check out its eclectic boutiques, its colourful and cosy cafés and the award-winning Milk Market farmer’s market.
If a moment of solitude is desired, our recently developed waterfront provides a picturesque and peaceful experience on the banks of the majestic River Shannon as does the beautiful urban oasis, that is the People’s Park.
If you fancy indulging in some retail therapy, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Limerick. Limerick city centre is compact, easy to navigate and boasts a range of big brands and independent stores.
Limerick is a haven for foodies with a wide range of dining options serving up everything from contemporary cuisine to traditional fare.
Continue up the main street, O’Connell Street, toward the elegant Georgian streets of the Newtown Pery area of the city, Limerick’s Georgian Quarter. Explore one of the finest collections of Irish contemporary art at the Limerick City Gallery of Art and the area in which Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) grew up can all be found here. A fascinating Museum dedicated to Frank McCourt’s life is on Hartstonge Street.
No visit to Limerick city would be complete, without a visit to its welcoming mix of legendary pubs and buzzing bars.
Limerick has some great theatres, venues and performance spaces both here in the city and in Co. Limerick with a live music scene that is recognised nationally and new and established acts can regularly be found performing across many of our venues. Our handy what's on listing will help you find the best events to take in on your visit!
While Limerick is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city it is easy to find yourself drawn into conversation or debate by the warmth in the welcome of the locals. In fact, it has often been said that perhaps Limerick’s biggest attraction of all is the people themselves who are warm, witty and welcoming!