Things to Do in Newcastle West

The historic market town of Newcastle West is a hidden gem with it's beautifully restored Castle, the delightful Demesne, one of Ireland's finest greenways in the Limerick Greenway and a wide range of cultural activities.

Alan and Lisa Ruttle with their children Sarah (10), Emma Noreen (5) and Will (2) at Barnagh on the Limerick Greenway. Photo: Seán Curtin, True Media.

Desmond Castle

The market square in front of the Desmond Castle is the natural focal point for a bustling town featuring a great range of shops, restaurants and pubs. The castle dates back to the 13th century and having been painstakingly restored is open to the more

Desmond Castle, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick

Castle Demesne

Just steps from the square the Castle Demesne features almost 100 acres of magnificent parkland featuring tranquil areas of flora and fauna perfect for a leisurely stroll.

For those looking for something more strenuous the Demesne also has a number of recreational areas with exercise equipment, sports fields and amenities, a playground and skate more

Castle Demesne Newcastle West

Limerick Greenway

You can stretch your legs even further on the Limerick Greenway which follows the old Limerick to Tralee railway line. The trail runs for about 40 kilometres from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale with Newcastle West an ideal centre point to explore both directions on foot or even on 2 wheels with bike rental available in the town... read more.

Great Southern Greenway Limerick

Michael Hartnett

Newcastle West also has a proud history in the arts and the annual Éigse festival celebrates the life of the poet Michael Hartnett. A sculpture of Hartnett sees him overlooking the square of his hometown which also features the Red Door Gallery with regular exhibitions and performances by local artists and performers.

Michael Hartnett, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick


As a market town, Newcastle West has long been a centre of commerce and this continues today with a market in the square every Thursday and Saturday.

The town also enjoys a nationwide reputation for its wide range of women's boutiques but there's something to suit everyone with retail options from men's fashion to furniture stores and gift shops to health more

Fashion and Retail in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick

Newcastle West Golf Club

If you’d prefer a more relaxed few hours away from the hustle and bustle then a round of golf at Newcastle West Golf Club might be just the ticket. Idyllically set in a mature woodland and with a backdrop of the gentle rolling landscapes of West Limerick the course offers a true test of golfing skills in an area inextricably linked as the spiritual home of the Ardagh Chalice, currently on display in the National more

Newcastle West Golf Club


After a busy day of shopping, walking, cycling, golfing and whatever else takes your fancy there is a great choice of restaurants, pubs and accommodation in the town and surrounding areas. Satisfy your taste buds before relaxing with a quiet drink or enjoying some live music to end the day.