11 Great Reasons to Visit Limerick

  • King John's Castle, Limerick, Photographer Piotr Machowczyk

Whether you’ve got a passion for the arts, a love of the great outdoors or an appetite for an incredible food scene, Limerick really does have it all. Read on for our top eleven reasons why you should visit Limerick! 

1. Experience the lush Limerick Greenway

The 40km Limerick Greenway carves a path through captivating Limerick countryside, offering day-trippers and families the option to explore rural Limerick by cycling, running or walking. Take a picnic and make it a day out to remember for all the family!

2. Become a Limerick culture vulture

Limerick has been in the news since the 9th century and while much of our Viking past has been washed away, Limerick is a living museum to its history since then, with stunning examples of medieval castles and cathedrals and elegant Georgian splendour lining its streets. To really get under its skin, make sure to visit Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, the Hunt Museum, Limerick Museum, Old Irish Ways Museum or indeed the People’s Museum of Limerick.  

Limerick punches well above its weight when it comes to arts and culture thanks to the magnificent Limerick City Gallery of Art and our many venues and institutions (including the University Concert Hall, Limetree Theate and Belltable Theatre), which attract world class performances across theatre and the arts. 

3. Get your adrenalin fix mountain biking in Ballyhoura

The largest mountain bike park of its kind in Ireland, Ballyhoura is home to a wide range of trails to suit all abilities. Leap over rocks, weave through the trees and end your day feeling exhilarated and euphoric! Discover More.

4. Limerick’s best big gigs and sporting Events

Whether you’re a sports enthusiast or a music lover, make the most of your Limerick visit by attending some of our major events! From Van Morrison and Paolo Nuttini to our very own Denise Chaila and championship events in Quidditch, Ultimate Frisbee and Lacrosse. There really is something to satisfy all tastes! Discover More.

5. Soaking up village life in Adare

There’s no denying that Adare is a village of huge aesthetic appeal. Explore its galleries and boutiques, cosy cafes and stunning outdoor spaces. Top tip: enjoy a scenic stroll along the riverbank. Discover More.

6. Uncovering our Neolithic past in Lough Gur

Lough Gur is home to not just the oldest and largest stone circle in Ireland but also Western Europe. History and myths abound in this mystical place. Discover it for yourself! Discover More.

7. Let the kids play the chivalrous knight or the warrior queen at King John’s Castle

Both big and little kids alike will love 13th Century King John’s Castle, where they can try on medieval costumes, build a castle wall, play games in the courtyard and even crawl through a ‘siege tunnel’! Discover More.

8. Combine a city break with a coastal escape

Limerick is a Gateway City to the Wild Atlantic Way and offers the best of both worlds – an incredible destination in its own right but also just an hour away from some of the finest surf beaches in Europe! Discover More.

9. Check out our local artisan food producers at Limerick Milk Market

If you have a fondness for delicious, locally produced food (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), Limerick Milk Market will not disappoint. Open every weekend, in the heart of Limerick city. Discover More.

10. Find your inner bliss with a luxury Limerick spa experience

With so much to explore, discover, embrace and enjoy in Limerick, remember to take time out to celebrate something truly special – you! Enjoy some me time at one of our many day spas or health centre and relax, restore and replenish. Discover More.

11. Retail Therapy in Limerick’s best boutiques and independent stores

Whether you are indulging in some retail therapy, searching for the perfect souvenir of your Limerick stay or simply window shopping, you will be spoiled for choice in the retail capital of the region. Discover More.

The Vikings washed up on our shores in 922 AD, and were partial to a bit of exploring! Since then, we’ve had eleven centuries to perfect the art of the perfect escape in Limerick and we think this year will be our best yet! Head straight to Limerick.ie/11 to find out more and plan your break.

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