Limerick for Families: Day 5

  • Castle Demesne, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick
  • Adare, Co. Limerick
  • Desmond Castle Newcastle West, Co. Limerick

Unleash your inner explorer on a Limerick City Treasure Hunt. Follow a series of clues and solve puzzles to locate the hidden treasure, while having fun learning about the city’s sights along the way!

Continue today’s adventure on a short road trip south to Adare, a picture postcard village with thatched cottages, medieval buildings and eclectic mix of fashion, craft and souvenir shops. 

Stop for lunch at Aunty Lena’sTimmy Macs Bistro, or a little treat at Ted’s Ice Cream Parlour at StacpooleCoffee House – all firm family favourites! Spend some time at Adare Pitch & Putt or Manor Fields Playground.

While away the afternoon at Wild Encounters, home to lots of birds, reptiles, bugs and more! Keep an eye out for Seamus the skunk, Barney the owl and the giddy goats Leonardo Dicaprigoat and Jean Paul Goatier!

Finish your day out in Newcastle West, and take a free guided tour of Desmond Castle & Banqueting Hall an imposing and impressive 12th Century castle in the centre of town. Climb the staircase to the top of the watch tower for panoramic views as far as the eye can see!

Newcastle West is home to a host of award-winning producers and growers including Cahill’s Farm Cheese, and is also where the country’s leading mineral water brand Ballygowan is bottled! Stay for dinner and sample some of West Limerick’s local produce for yourself Arra Café | Brown Morel Restaurant | Chasers Bar & Bistro | Dan Cronin’s Bar & BistroMarguerite’s Bakery & Restaurant |The Mallard | The Silver Room Restaurant.

After dinner why not pop into Castle Demesne Park, just steps from the town’s square. Kids will love the freedom of the safe wooded paths and the luscious green fields of the 100 acre parkland is a great place to enjoy a kick about before sundown.

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Treaty Stone Limerick. Photo Piotr Machowczyk