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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

HorsOutside art Hunt Museum

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.

Operation Hours

Monday to Saturday 10 am-5 pm
Sundays 2 pm-5 pm

Admission Fee

Hunt Museum
Adult:  €7.50
Adult Group: €5.50
Senior: €5.50
Student (16+)  €5.50
Child (Under 16) Free

Lavery & Osborne Exhibition
Adult:  €10.00
Adult Group: €5.50
Senior: €5.50
Student (16+)  €3.50
Child (Under 16) Free

Combi Ticket

Adult:  €12.50
Adult Group: €10.00
Senior:€10.00
Student (16+)  €7.00
Child (Under 16) Free

Contact Information

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

Phone:+353 (0) 61 312 833

Email:[email protected]

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.

Operation Hours

Monday-Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10:00-17:30
Thursday 10:00-20:00
Sunday 12:00-17:30

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick, Ireland

Phone:+353 61 310633

Email: [email protected]

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 falls in Ireland in 1813 and two World War II gas-masks, that fortunately never had to be used.

Operation Hours

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

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: The Old Franciscan Friary, Henry Street, Limerick

Phone: +353 61 557740

Email:[email protected]

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.

Operation Hours

Monday -Friday- 11 am to 4.30 pm
Saturday – 2 pm –4 pm

Admission Fee

€4 (Student/ senior citizen: €3)

Contact Information

Address: Hartstonge Street, Limerick

Phone:+353 (61)319710

Email: [email protected] 

5.Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum

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.

Operation Hours

daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm

Admission Fee

Adults: €12.00
Seniors/Students: €10.00
Children under 14: €6.00
Children under 5: FREE
Family Ticket: €30.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children)

Contact Information

Address: Ballynacragga North, County Limerick, Ireland

Phone: 00353 69 65416

Email:[email protected] 

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.

Operation Hours

11 am to 5 pm

Admission Fee

€5 for adults with free entry for children

Contact Information

Address: Caherguillamore, Bruff, Ireland

Phone:+353 86 154 1078

Be amazed by the Castles in Limerick

king john's castle limerick

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.

Operation Hours

09.30am -5pm

Admission Fee

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

Contact Information

Address: Nicholas St, Limerick, Ireland

Phone:353 (0) 61 -711222

Email:[email protected]

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8. Adare Desmond Castle

Desmond Castle Adare

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.

Operation Hours

daily from 9 am to 6 pm

Admission Fee

€5 per adult and €3.5 per child

Contact Information

Address: Limerick Road, Adare, Co. Limerick

Phone:+353 (0) 61 396666

Email:[email protected]

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.

Operation Hours

Monday to Friday 9 am -4 pm

Admission Fee

Donations are accepted

Contact Information

Address: Church Street Kings Island, Limerick

Visiting the churches is one of the best things to do in Limerick

St Mary’s Cathedral Limerick

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.

Operation Hours

9 am to 4 pm

Admission Fee

€5

Contact Information

Address: Bridge Street, Limerick, Ireland V94 E068

Phone:(061) 310 293

Email: [email protected]

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.

Operation Hours

daily between 10 am to 5 pm

Admission Fee

None

Contact Information

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

Learn from the historical sites in Limerick

Lough Gur Visitor Centre

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.

Operation Hours

Monday to Friday from- 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday-12.00pm to 6.00pm

Admission Fee

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

Contact Information

Address: Near Bruff, Lough Gur, Limerick

Phone: +353 (0)87 285 2022

Email: [email protected]

13. The Treaty Stone

The Treaty Stone Limerick

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.

Contact Information

Address: Clancys Strand, Limerick

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.

Contact Information

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

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.

Operation Hours

daily from 11 am to 6 pm

Admission Fee

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

Contact Information

Address: Raymondstown, Co. Limerick, Ireland

Phone: 063 90744

Email: [email protected]

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.

Operation Hours

Wednesday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm

Admission Fee

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

Contact Information

Address: Fedamore, Cloughadoolarty, Co. Limerick

Phone: 087 2584716

Email: [email protected]

Have a picnic in the parks

The Peoples Park Limerick

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.

Operation Hours

daily from 9 am to 9 pm

Admission Fee

€5 charge per car

Contact Information

Address: Kilcornan, Toreen, Co. Limerick

Phone: +353 61 337 322

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.

Operation Hours

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

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

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

Explore the charming villages in Limerick

Thatched cottage in Adare

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. It is also one of the best day trips from Limerick City.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Adare, Limerick

20. Newtown Pery

Newtown Pery is an area of central Limerick and forms the main city center (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 a unique historic character, which sets it apart from other towns and cities in Ireland.

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: Newtown Pery, Limerick

Other things to do in Limerick

Limerick Milk Market

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.

Operation Hours

Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm

Admission Fee

Adult €10
children €8
Family package(2+2) €30

Contact Information

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

Phone: 061-421100

Email:  [email protected]

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, board walk, tight turns, and technical rocky bits.

Admission Fee:

Free

Contact Information

Address: Ardpatrick, Co. Limerick

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. If you want something different to do, this is one of the fun things to do in Limerick.

Operation Hours

Friday 10am-3pm, Saturday 8am-3pm
Sunday 11am -3pm

Admission Fee

Free

Contact Information

Address: The Milk Market, Limerick, Ireland

Phone: 061 214782

Email: [email protected]


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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   €6 pp
Children/U15      €4 – Children under the age of 4 yrs are free
Family ( 2 adults and 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

Free

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

Email: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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 7,000 relics. You can inspect the instruments of an assortment of bygone era exchanges, and additionally, horse-drawn apparatus, and tractors.

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

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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