Whether you're splurging or on a shoe-string budget, Limerick is a treasure trove of sights to see and things to do!
1. Visit the Hunt Museum on a Sunday
The Hunt Museum is a must see for both tourists and locals! It exhibits one of Ireland's greatest private collections of art and antiquities, dating from the Neolithic to the 20th Century, including works by Renoir, Picasso and Yeats. Entry is FREE every Sunday! Find out more about the Hunt Museum here.
2. Picnic in the Park
Limerick has no shortage of parks and green spaces, and the People's Park in the city centre is the perfect spot for a picnic!
With the hustle and bustle of the city just beyond the tree-lined fences, the park is a charming place to spend a day featuring a playground and wonderful display of flowers during the summer!
3. Limerick City Gallery of Art
After your picnic in the park make sure to visit Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA), one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Ireland, conveniently located in the historic Carnegie Building in the People's Park! Located in the 19th century, Georgian styled Pery Square, the Gallery is almost 70 years old, open since 1948.
The Gallery is home to an important collection of Irish 18th to 21st-century art in all media, amounting to over 831 works. It's also one of the many venues for EVA International 2016, Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art, running until 17th July 2016. Open seven days a week and admission is FREE! Find out more about Limerick City Gallery of Art here.
4. Explore Magical Lough Gur
5. Take in a Trad Session!
Popular music venue, pub and restaurant, Dolans hosts FREE traditional music sessions seven nights a week!
Dolans is synonymous in Limerick and beyond for its charm, Irish hospitality, incredible atmosphere, great pint, delicious food and Irish music & dancing sessions! Trad sessions kick off at 9pm nightly (Sat/Sun 9.30).
Every evening, from 9-11pm, traditional Irish musicians and dancers strike up a session at the Locke Bar and get the ‘craic’ started for the Big Limerick Seisiún! You can treat yourself to delicious food from their award winning kitchen while soaking up the lively atmosphere of the Seisiún!
6. Browse through the stalls at the Milk Market
Discover the best of local, fresh produce at the Limerick Milk Market - a haven for foodies!
With a guaranteed lively atmosphere on a Saturday morning, the market boasts a variety of stallholders selling produce from great farmhouse cheeses and chutneys, just-caught fish and artisan meats, organic fruit and vegetables, to delicious healthy bread and fresh pressed juices!
Entry to the weather proof market is free, but it will take major willpower not to purchase one of the delicious treats on offer! The Limerick Milk Market is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Find out more about Limerick Milk Market here.
7. Impress your Insta followers with a Treaty Stone pic
Learn about Limerick's history with a visit to The Treaty Stone, dating back to the 1600s. It's the perfect spot for a selfie with the Stone!
The Treaty Stone is the rock that the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691, marking the surrender of the city to William of Orange. Learn more about the Treaty Stone here.
8. Find a fairy!
Shhhhhh don't say a word but hidden deep within Limerick's leafy woodlands, gardens and forests you'll discover a secret world filled with magical fairies.
Children will love exploring these enchanting outdoor fairy trails located throughout Limerick. The magic begins here.
9. Take a scenic riverside walk
The Three Bridges walk begins at Arthur's Quay Park and follows a stunning 3.6km route along the banks of the majestic River Shannon passing some of Limerick's most iconic landmarks along the way.
If time is of the essence, the Three Bridges route is an excellent way to get a sense of the city. Explore more of Limerick's walking routes here.
10. Uncover Limerick's history at Limerick Museum
Limerick Museum's collection illustrates the history of Limerick and its people. The story of Limerick city and county is presented through the museums objects, from Stone Age axes to medieval coins, from the civic sword of Queen Elizabeth I to medals presented to veterans of the 1916 Rising.
The museum is open Monday - Friday from 10am-5pm (closed for lunch 1pm-2pm) and admission is free. Find out more about Limerick Museum here.