Are you considering Limerick for third level? You should be!
Limerick is home to three major higher education institutes with a student population of more than 21,000 (find out more about Limerick’s third level options here).
Limerick is a vibrant, buzzing city with so much to see, do and explore! Don’t just take our word for it, check out these handy facts and figures about studying in Limerick!
Find out all about what Limerick has to offer you for the next four years, and beyond. You won’t find directions to the library in this guide, but we do share where to find a great pint!
Ways to See the City
Kayaking on the River Shannon in Limerick City
Sign up for the Coca-Cola Zero Bikes service to get access to a self-service bike rental. Stations are conveniently located throughout the city to provide a handy way to get around. At just €10 for an annual subscription, it’s super affordable!
University of Limerick students have a 3KM scenic riverbank walkway and cycle path leading from the University right in to the city!
One of the fastest ways to find your feet in a new place is to get up, out and go for a wander about! Walk the Three Bridges, taking in the heart of Old Limerick and some of the best views the city has to offer. You can take it at your own pace, stopping off at the various pubs, cafés and restaurants dotted along the route!
Scenic Limerick City. Photo: Diarmuid Greene
There’s also numerous walking tours in the city which will captivate you with stories of Limerick's past and present. Experience the architecture, history and folklore, as well as some of the surprises and delights, of this fascinating riverside city.
Limerick has a busy nightlife with pubs, clubs and live music venues all attracting thousands of people every week. Limerick is home to one of Ireland’s best known live music venues, Dolan’s, with traditional music and a variety of gigs taking place every night of the week. Check out Live at the Big Top and King John’s Castle for some pretty spectacular gigs too!
The Coronas performing at King John's Castle, Limerick during Riverfest 2016. Photo: Alan Place
The city has a range of cozy pubs, stylish bars, and buzzing nightclubs. The Library (don’t worry, it’s a live music bar), Molly’s late night disco bar, The Locke (THE place to go for a drink on a sunny day in Limerick), and the Icon Nightclub (for the shift) are just some of the many options for a night out. Check out the full list of bars, pubs and clubs here.
If you fancy a night off from cooking, Limerick has you covered. Try to make an early bird for great deals, but if a four course meal is out of your budget, Limerick’s café, street food and casual dining scenes are varied, flavourful and affordable!
Sun shining on Limerick Street Food at Harvey's Quay, Limerick. Photo: Alan Place
There are a variety of options to choose from including local eateries such as Canteen, Aroi, Funky Donut, and The Buttery as well as international brands like Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Gloria Jean’s, to name but a few.
Don’t miss out on the Limerick Milk Market on a Saturday morning! Sip your coffee as you amble around checking out the sights and sounds of one of the oldest markets in the country.
Then take a short stroll into Limerick’s main retail area. There’s the high-end Brown Thomas right down to the high-street favourites such as Penneys, Oasis, New Look and River Island!
Try Lucky Lane on Catherine Street, an eclectic thrift store with second-hand clothes, up-cycled furniture, plants, arts and crafts. Chez Le Fab is the place to go for a vintage find, and good coffee to boot!
On the city’s outskirts there’s the Crescent Shopping Centre, the biggest and most successful shopping complex outside of Dublin. That’s not all; there’s the Jetland Shopping Centre, Childer’s Road Retail Park, the Parkway Shopping Centre and Retail Park, and many more competitively priced shopping centres. Spoiled for choice really!
Fact is, there’s far too much to tell about ‘Sporting Limerick’ in this space but here goes: from the hallowed Thomond Park Stadium – the home of the legendary Munster rugby, to the Gaelic Grounds - you are in a city that offers you pretty much everything you need to satisfy your sporting interests summer through to winter.
Limerick FC soccer team has returned to its spiritual home in the Markets Field and just returned to top flight football.
There’s Limerick Racecourse, host of the Student Race Days, the Limerick Greyhound Stadium, the UL Sports Arena with its multi-purpose state of the art facility; the Delta Indoor Sports Arena, outdoor all-weather pitches, various tennis clubs – you name it, Limerick has it!
Have you ever wondered what the attraction of golf was…well Limerick has a public golf course at Rathbane on the southern outskirts of the city. With green fees starting from €10, it’s difficult to beat.
Winner of the European Sport Tourism Venue of the Year 2015, Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Park will challenge even the biggest adrenalin junkies. Get down and dirty on one of the largest trail networks of its kind in Ireland with 98kms of trails suitable for beginners and professionals. Bring your own bike or hire one there.
- If you prefer four wheels, Limerick has several karting options including the National Karting Centre in Corbally, Delta Karting, and Kilcornan Karting.
- How about a spot of painting? The Basecamp Adventure Park in Shanagolden is home to a variety of outdoor activities including Paintball, Forest Archery, Splatball and Bushcraft.
- Kilfinane has an outdoor education centre and UL Sport’s Adventure Centre offers high quality adventure based programmes
Things to See & Do
With rent prices in Limerick over 50% lower than in Dublin, 25% lower than Cork and 23% lower than Galway, you’ll have some spare cash to spend on seeing the sights!
- 13th century King John’s Castle in Limerick City
- The Hunt Museum (free on Sundays)
- Thomond Park Rugby Museum
- Frank McCourt Museum
- The Lime Tree Theatre, Belltable Arts Centre, University Concert Hall and Millennium Theatre all host regular events
- The various cinemas dotted across Limerick offer special student rates!
- Limerick’s festival listing is jam-packed with favourites like Riverfest, St. Patrick’s Festival, Oktoberfest Beag, World BBQ Championships 2017, along with film, music, dance, sports and literary festivals, and loads more! Check out the full Limerick events listing here.
Fun for Free
You don't have to break the bank to have a social life in Limerick, there's plenty of free attractions!
More to Explore
Just a short trip from Limerick’s lively city is a magnificent county full of sights, open spaces and rural charm!
Limerick's N69 driving route
- There’s the wonderful 774 acre Curraghchase Forest Park and House also off the N69
- Head to the stunning Clare Glens and Glenstal Abbey near Murroe
- Picturesque villages like Adare and Castleconnell; towns with great heritage and architectural history like Kilmallock, Askeaton and Newcastle West
- Lough Gur has a captivating heritage centre looking back at 6,000 years of life and Ireland’s largest stone circle
Find out more at www.limerick.ie/learning and we’ll see you in September!