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23 Fun Things To Do In Limerick, Ireland

There are lots of things to do in Limerick, Ireland. It is known for its charming old towns from medieval-era, Georgian townhouses, hidden gardens, museums, and castles. Limerick is a county in the Republic of Ireland and its biggest city is also called Limerick. Limerick City is the center of the culture and history of this county and it’s only around 2 hours away from Dublin.

This guide consists of the best things to do in Limerick City and the rest of Limerick county.

23 Fun Things To Do In Limerick Ireland

Check out the museums in Limerick


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1. The Hunt Museum

The Hunt Museum houses one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of art and antiquities, dating from the Neolithic to the 20th Century. These collections are owned by the Hunts Family who are well-known art collectors in Ireland. This collection includes works by world-renowned artists such as Renoir, Picasso, Gauguin, Giacometti, and Yeats.

The museum holds about 2500 different artifacts from Ireland and abroad and some of them even came from stone-age Ireland.

Address: The Custom House | Rutland St., Limerick, Ireland

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am5 pm and Sundays 2 pm5 pm

Entrance Fee: For the admission fee, click here

2. Limerick City Gallery of Art

Limerick City Gallery of Art is one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Ireland. The gallery also holds regular temporary exhibitions of contemporary works and home to an important collection of Irish 18th – 21st century art in all media. It is also one of the primary venues for EVA International, the Irish biennial of contemporary art.

Address: Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick, Ireland

Opening Hours: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday 10:00-17:30 | Thursday 10:00-20:00 | Sunday 12:00-17:30

Entrance Fee: Free

3. Limerick City Museum

The Limerick Museum is another city museum in Limerick and was founded in 1907 on Pery Square. It has moved to several locations since then and is currently located in the old Franciscans Friary on Henry Street.

The museum has a collection of 60,000 objects gathered through donations, purchase and long-term loan. Among the more unusual items include Ireton’s Cat, a mummified cat found on Nicholas Street in the 1890’s; a fragment of the largest meteorite that ever fall in Ireland in 1813 and two World War II gas-masks, that fortunately never had to be used.

Address: The Old Franciscan Friary, Henry Street, Limerick

Opening Hours: Weekdays 10am-5pm (closed for lunch 1pm-2pm)

Entrance Fee: Free

4. Frank McCourt Museum

The Frank McCourt Museum, in Limerick City, is a museum dedicated to the Pulitzer winner writer, Frank McCourt. It houses the memorabilia from the life and time of Frank McCourt, as depicted in Angela’s Ashes. The first of his autobiographic memoirs and one that was rewarded with the Pulitzer Prize.

Address: Hartstonge Street, Limerick

Opening Hours:  Mon – Fri: 11 am to 4.30 pm | Sat:  2 pm – 4 pm

Entrance Fee: €4 (Student/ senior citizen: €3)

5. Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum

Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum is the world’s only flying boat museum and the home of Irish coffee. It holds several aviation artifacts from the ’30s and ’40s.

Address: Ballynacragga North, County Limerick, Ireland

Opening Hours:  daily at 9:30 am to 5 pm

Entrance Fee: For admission rate, click here.  

6. Old Irish Ways

Old Irish Ways is a folk heritage museum located near the east Limerick town of Bruff. The museum was started back in 2008, with an idea of preserving the past for future generations. The exhibits in Old Irish Ways recapture what life was like over 100 years ago, giving people a sense of what past generations grew up with.

Address: Caherguillamore, Bruff, Ireland

Opening Hours: 11 am to 5 pm

Entrance Fee:  €5 for adults with free entry for children

Be amazed by the Castles in Limerick


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7. King John’s Castle

King John’s Castle is a 13th-century castle located on King’s Island in Limerick and next to the River Shannon. The castle overlooks the river and the panoramic view of Limerick City.

The stunning new exhibition brings to life over 800 years of King John’s Castle and Limerick City’s dramatic history all through Touch-screen technology which will connect visitors to tales of siege and warfare. And if you are staying in neighboring cities, it is one of the best day trips that you can do from Dublin, Cork or Galway.

Address: Nicholas St, Limerick, Ireland

Opening Hours: 09.30am – 5pm

Entrance Fee: €10 for adult, €5 for children and €22 for family (2 adults + 2 children)

8. Adare Desmond Castle

The Desmond Castle is located on the edge of the village of Adare, just off the N21 on the main Limerick to Kerry road. The castle was erected with an ancient ring-fort around the early part of the 13th century. It became a strategic fortress during the following turbulent years. It was the property of the Earls of Kildare for nearly 300 years until the rebellion in 1536, when it was forfeited and granted to the Earls of Desmond who gave the castle its present name.

Address: Limerick Road, Adare, Co. Limerick

Opening Hours: daily from 9 am to 6 pm

Entrance Fee: €5 per adult and €3.5 per child

9. Bishop’s Palace

The Bishops’ Palace is adjacent to King John’s Castle, it is the restored home of former Protestant Bishops of Limerick. The Palace has a classical facade and is related to the English Palladian style. The house is currently occupied by Limerick Civic Trust and visitors are welcome.

Address: Church Street Kings Island, Limerick

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9 am4 pm

Entrance Fee: Donations are accepted

Visit the churches


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10. St Mary’s Cathedral

St. Mary’s Cathedral is an 850-year old cathedral and the oldest building in Limerick. This cathedral was originally a royal palace for the Kings of Thomond but it was given to the church in 1168. This had been the center the government for early Medieval Vikings.

Address: Bridge St, Limerick, V94 E068

Opening Hours: 9 am to 4 pm

Entrance Fee: €5

11. St John’s Cathedral

St John’s Cathedral is another old historical church in Limerick. It was built in 1861 and it has the tallest spire in Ireland. The bell tower is so tall that you can see it from just about every building in Limerick defining its skyline.

Address: St John’s Cathedral, Cathedral Place, Limerick

Opening Hours: daily between 10 am to 5 pm

Entrance Fee: none

Learn from the historical sites in Limerick


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12. Lough Gur Visitor Centre

Lough Gur Heritage Centre is a community run tourist and one of the must-see attractions in Limerick. The center tells the story of 6,000 years of habitation in the Lough Gur area. From Neolithic house sites to medieval castles, Lough Gur has monuments from every era. The exhibition provides an overview of one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. It is the only area in the country where you can see visible evidence of every age since Neolithic times and one of the best things to see in Limerick.

Address: Near Bruff, Lough Gur, Limerick

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm and 12.00pm to 6.00pm on Saturday and Sunday

Entrance Fee: Adult: €5, Child: €3, OAP/Student: €3.30, Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children): €14

13. The Treaty Stone

The Treaty Stone is a rough-hewn limestone block raised on a pedestal standing across the river Shannon from King John’s Castle in Limerick City. It commemorates the Treaty of Limerick signed in 1691 which ended the conflict between the Protestant and the Catholic Church.

Address: Clancys Strand, Limerick

Opening Hours: N/A

Entrance Fee: N/A

14. The Toll House

The Toll House is crenelated Gothic-style folly next to Thomond Bridge, dating back to the 1840s.  Many of Limerick’s numerous bridges were paid for by tolls prior to 1900 and some of these houses still exist to the present day.

Address: 1-, Castle Street Castle St, Limerick, V94 WR86

Opening Hours: N/A

Entrance Fee: Free

Relax at the gardens in Limerick


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15. Terra Nova Fairy Garden

Terra Nova is one of Ireland’s best known small, privately owned gardens and is a firm favorite with garden visitors of all ages. It is a winner of the “best garden in Ireland” award due to its beautiful gardens setting and landscape and the fairies and gnomes scattered around the garden. This is one of the best things to do with kids in Limerick as they will enjoy the fairies hunt.

Address: Raymondstown, Co. Limerick, Ireland

Opening Hours: daily from 11am to 6pm

Entrance Fee:  €6 per adult and €4 per child (under 2 is free of charge)

16. Coolwater Garden

Coolwater is a wonderfully, artistically designed hidden garden in Limerick. Despite the water ponds and the aquatic plants being the main focal points, the garden houses several collections of plants, succulents, and trees from all over the world.

Address: Fedamore, Cloughadoolarty, Co. Limerick

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm

Entrance Fee: Adult: €6.00 Child: Under 16 free with an adult. Senior / Student: €6.00 Family: €12.00

Have a picnic in the parks


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17. Curraghchase Forest Park

Curraghchase is a 774-acre forest park located in County Limerick. It is 20 km from the city of Limerick, between the towns of Adare and Askeaton. Curraghchase Forest Park is the woodland estate and lakes around the shell of the 18th century Curraghchase House. It is now open as a state forest and park.

There are 313 hectares of mixed woodland and 8km of multi-purpose way-marked trails. There are a number of looped waymarked trails in the park to suit all visitors.

Address: Kilcornan, Toreen, Co. Limerick

Opening Hours: daily from 9am to 9pm

Entrance Fee: €5 charge per car

18. People’s Park

The People’s Park, in Pery Square, is the principal park in Limerick City. It was formally opened in 1877, in memory of Richard Russell, a prominent local businessman.

The Park boasts a number of interesting items including a memorial upon a giant pillar to Thomas Spring Rice, a 19th-century Bandstand, an ornate drinking fountain, playground, and gazebos.

Address: People’s Park, Pery’s Square, Limerick City

Opening Hours: 8am to dusk, and 8am to 9pm from the 3rd week in April to the 4th week in August

Entrance Fee: Free

Explore the charming villages


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19. Adare

Adare is a small village in County Limerick. Renowned as one of Ireland’s prettiest towns, Adare is designated as a heritage town by the Irish government. An architectural wealth of scenic beauty, Adare’s main street is punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries, ruins, and a picturesque village park.

Address: Adare, Limerick

Opening Hours: N/A

Entrance Fee: Free

20. Newtown Pery

Newtown Pery is an area of central Limerick and forms the main city centre (or CBD) of the city. The district is known for its Georgian architectural heritage and is the core area of Limerick’s Georgian Quarter. This Georgian Quarter gives Limerick it’s unique historic character, which sets it apart from other towns and cities in Ireland.

Address: Newtown Pery, Limerick

Opening Hours: N/A

Entrance Fee: Free

Other things to do in Limerick


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21. Thomond Park Stadium

Thomond Park is a stadium in Limerick.  It is the home ground of Munster Rugby, one of the most successful and best-supported rugby clubs in the world.  Follow in the footsteps of your Munster heroes by taking a look behind the scenes at the historic Thomond Park Stadium.

The full stadium tour consists of a museum visit and film, plus visits to the pitching side, the Munster dugout, the home and away dressing rooms and the post-match interview area.

Address: Thomond Park Cratloe Road | Cratloe Road, Limerick V94

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm

Entrance Fee:  Adult €10 | children €8 | Family package(2+2) €30

22. Ballyhoura mountain bike trails

Ballyhoura is located south-east of Limerick. This mountain is famous for bike trails which is the largest in Ireland. It is 98-km of trails which includes forest road climbs, tight twisty singletrack with loads of ups and downs, boardwalk, tight turns, and technical rocky bits.

Address: Ardpatrick, Co. Limerick

Opening Hours: N/A

Entrance Fee: Free

23. The Milk Market

The Milk Market is one of the oldest food markets in Ireland. Despite its name, it is selling a wide variety of foods which are produced locally.

You can sample the culinary delights of Ireland with Irish cheeses, fish, seaweeds, sausages, jams, chutneys, bread, and fresh pressed apple juice.

Address: The Milk Market, Limerick, Ireland

Opening Hours: Friday 10am – 3pm, Saturday 8am – 3pm and Sunday 11am – 3pm

Entrance Fee: free

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10 Best Beaches In Ireland That You Need To Visit

Ireland beaches are in abundance. Ireland might not be a tropical country but when it comes to natural beauty, there is a good selection of beautiful beaches in Ireland.

So, we bring you the top 10 best beaches in Ireland that you must see during your visit here.

1.Murlough Beach, County Down

Murlough Beach County Down

Murlough beach is a flat sandy beach which is 2m wide. It has an ancient sand dune system which is 6 km in length. The beach is purely natural and is famous because of its old dune sand system. For those who love walking with their pets and feeding birds, it is a place exactly made for you.

2.Inch Beach, County Kerry

Inch Beach County Kerry

This beach locates in the Dingle peninsula and it is famous for surfing. You will find too many surfers as it stretches for three miles and has a lot of crowd of tourists. The tourists are mostly from the eastern side that travel miles only to see the beauty of this place.

3.Portsalon Beach, Co. Donegal


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It is a beautiful sandy beach with is the part of natural heritage area in Ireland. It is a magnificent place for travelers and for the local people. It is the best and finest beach for families to spend a fun day

4.Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Bay, Connemara


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These two beaches in Connemara are just class apart. They are a mere reflection of the mirror. The water is so clean and shiny and the greenery around the beach makes it one of the most attractive and best beaches in Ireland. This place has white sand too around it.

5.Keem Beach, Co. Mayo

Keem Bay County Mayo

For those who have visited the village of Dooagh in Ireland knows about the beauty of Keem bay. A place captivates your attention and makes you fall in love with the beach. It’s so beautiful and has high altitude sea cliffs which are the tallest in Ireland.

6.Inchydoney Beach, Co. Cork


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If you are looking for peaceful beaches and spacious sands during your trip to Ireland, Inchydoney Beach in Cork is the place for you. This beach is a supreme level beach because it got the award 3 times consecutively for being the most coveted traveler’s choice.

7.Portstewart Strand, Co. Derry


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The Strand beach is a little further towards the west of Portstewart. This blue flag beach provides tourists with flat golden sand which is perfect for a family and friends holiday. You can enjoy the castle building, picnics and surfing too.

8.Coumeenole Beach, Dunquin, Co. Kerry


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This place is one of the most beautiful places which you surely want to see on Earth. Visiting this place is a dream come true because of the beauty of the landscape and the water. Here swimming is a ban because of the unpredictable currents in the water.

9.Killiney Strand, Co. Dublin


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The Killiney strand is in southern Dublin. You can reach there through a quick train journey and rest until your destination arrives. Take a peaceful swim in the bay and enjoy the eye-catching views of this place.

10.Main Beach, Bundoran, Co. Donegal


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Have you heard the song beautiful Bundoran? This beach is the inspiration for this song and yes, it completely matches the song lyrics. You cannot deny the beauty of nature here that will make your soul swift away in peace.

So, these are our top 10 beaches of Ireland that you must see. You cannot deny that every one of them is class apart from each other. So, whenever you go to Ireland don’t forget to visit our top 10 beaches in Ireland.

Top 10 Things To Do In Athlone, Ireland

The town of Athlone is at an antiquated intersection point on the Shannon River, the longest river in Ireland and near Lough Ree, one of the 3 major lakes along the river. Athlone is located near the geographical center of Ireland and offers different types of adventures for travelers.

So here are the top 10 things to do in Athlone, Ireland.

Top Things To Do In Athlone Ireland

1. Visit Athlone Castle

Athlone Castle Westmeath

John de Gray, the Bishop of Norwich, constructed Athlone Castle amid the Norman Invasion of Ireland dating from the 12th century. It was fortified a few times and it was built to protect and defend the crossing point in Athlone and to provide support to facilitate the Norman advance into Connaught.

The castle is a free-standing polygonal tower built inside a moat and it’s one of the popular castles and attractions in Ireland.

Opening Hours

For an updated list of opening hours, click here.

Admission Fee

Adult €8
Senior/Student €6 pp
Children/U15 €4 Children under the age of 4 yrs are free
Family (2 adults & 2 children) €20

Contact Information

Location: St Peter’s Square, Athlone, County Westmeath, N37 A6D7

Email:[email protected]

Phone: +353 90 6442130

2. Peruse the Luan Gallery

Luan Gallery Athlone

Before the Church of Saints Peter and Paul on the Shannon, the beautiful Luan Gallery is a contemporary workmanship space that opened in 2012. The more seasoned wing of the building is the Fr Matthew Temperance Hall, raised in 1897 and beforehand filling in as a show corridor, film and after that the town library.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm.

Admission Fee


Contact Information

Location: Grace Park Rd, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 090 6442154

3. See the Lough Ree

lough ree athlone

With indented shores and scores of islands, extensive and little, foggy Lough Ree toward the north is the second biggest lake in Shannon. The lake serves as a border between the counties of Longford and Westmeath and it’s a popular fishing and boating area. There are boats that leave from the harbor in Athlone if you want to enjoy cruising in one of the best lakes in Ireland.

4. Enjoy the drinks of Sean’s Bar

Sean's Bar Athlone

Sean’s Bar has been serving popular drinks in Ireland since the beginning of the tenth century. This is the most established bar in Ireland, and in 2004 proclaimed as the most seasoned bar in Europe.

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 12:30 am. Sunday from 12:30 pm to 11:30 pm.

Contact Information

Location: 13 Main St, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Phone:  +353 90 649 2358

5. Visit Church of Saints Peter and Paul

St. Peter and St. Paul's Church Athlone Ireland

Another eye-getting milestone in Athlone is this neo-Baroque church from the west bank of the Shannon. The Church of Saints Peter and Paul is much fresher than it looks, and completed during the 1930s.

Contact Information

Location: Barrack St, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Email: N/A

Phone: +353 90 649 2171

6. Derryglad Heritage and Visitor Center

Some place to understand provincial life in the Midlands, the Derryglad Heritage, and Visitor Center is a people gallery with in excess of 6,000 relics. You can inspect the instruments of an assortment of bygone era exchanges, and additionally, horse-drawn apparatus, tractors, and family unit executes.

Opening Hours

Mon-Sat: 10.00 am-6.00 pm

Admission Fee

Adult €5 | Child €3.50 | Student/Senior €4.50 | Group rate available

Contact Information

Location: Curraghboy, Athlone, Roscommon

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +353 90 6488192

7. Learn in Clonmacnoise


A National Monument of Ireland, Clonmacnoise was set up by St Ciarán of Clonmacnoise in 1544. The place developed into one of Ireland’s most essential centers of learning and religious life.

Opening Hours

November – Mid March
Daily 10:00 – 17:30

Mid March – May
Daily 10:00 – 18:00

June – August
Daily 09:00 – 18.30

September – October
Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Admission Fee

Adult: €8.00 | Senior/group: €6.00 | Child/student: €4.00 | Family: €20.00

Contact Information

Location: Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge, Athlone, Co. Offaly, Ireland

Email: [email protected]

Phone:+353 (90) 967 4195

8. Go to the Dean Crowe Theater


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In case you’re in the inclination for live stimulation, you can check the postings at this scene to Athlone’s left side bank. The assembly hall is vast for a town of Athlone’s size, with space for 460 observers.

Opening Hours

10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Contact Information

Location: Chapel St., Athlone

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 090 64 92129

9. Walk along the Shannon Banks Nature Trail

River Shannon Athlone

Starting simply behind Athlone Castle, this circled way takes you along the Shannon and the old Athlone Canal for five kilometers. Over this short separation, you’ll enter an assortment of environments, and there are wooden footbridges where the trail enters marshland by the waterway.

10. Walk on the Old Rail Trail

It is a clear 42-kilometer stretch of the old Midlands Great Western Railway. It joins Athlone with the town of Mullingar in the east.

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