Note: Although there is much to see in Limerick City, the areas of Bunratty Castle and Folk park, which lie just 6 miles outside Limerick City, are actually within the boundaries of County Clare , and therefore not included in this page. However, Bunratty Castle and it's environs, are an absolute 'must see' for anyone travelling within Ireland. It should also be noted that the Clare region has many attractions within easy reach of the traveller staying in County Limerick. Click here for details
King John's Castle
Experience 800 years of Limerick's history by visiting the fascinating King John's Castle, and it's historical exhibitions. A reconstructed mediaeval courtyard, royal mint, underground excavation, and an emotive multimedia presentation combined with historical displays and lifelike models, bring the past to life in one of Ireland's most historic castles. Well worth a visit.
The Treaty Stone
Possibly Limerick's most famous icon, the Treaty Stone, on which the Treaty of Limerick was purportedly signed in 1691, lies directly across the river from King John's Castle on the far side of Thomond Bridge.
Hunt Museum Tel:
+353 61 312833 Fax: +353 61 312834
Visit this internationally renowned private collection of Art and archeology donated by John and Gertrude Hunt to the state, which includes artifacts dating back to the bronze age, and spanning the centuries up until the 1800's, containing Egyptian, Greek and Roman artefacts, along with mediaeval English pottery and ancient Irish exhibits.
The Hunt museum was previously located at the University of Limerick, but has since moved to the newly renovated Georgian Custom House in Limerick City. Interested parties may avail of the opportunity to become a friend of the Hunt Museum.
Croom (19 km Southwest
of Limerick City. )
In Croom the wonderfully restored Croom Mills visitors centre is a must see. A full multimedia presentation, and a series of interactive exhibits allow the visitor to take part in the operation of this fully functioning corn mill. Other attractions the mill has to offer are a peaceful River Promenade, an award winning restaurant, the Mill Race Restaurant (Egon Ronay listed), and an extensive craft shop.
Visitors can also avail of the opportunity to bring home a bag of whole wheat flour, and recreate the past with Croom Mills' 200 year old bread recipie.
The town of Croom is enroute to
visitors travelling from Limerick to Cork, and is allegedly the birthplace
of a style of Gaelic poetry (Maigue poetry), of which one particularly
humourous style became popularised throughout the world as the light verse
known as the 'Limerick'.
Flying Boat Museum
Foynes is the County of Limerick's only sea port. A new flying boat museum has recently been opened here, in remembrance of the 1930's trans-atlantic route, detailing Limerick's brief but glorious past as the one-time centre of the aviation world.
Adare is often, and quite rightly regarded as the 'loveliest village in Ireland, and a very popular destination among Irish tourists. The Dunraven Estate offers much for the visitor, including thatched cottages a craft shop and tourist information centre. Hire a bicycle and spend a day touring Desmond Castle, Town Park, and the court house.
Lough Gur (17 km from Limerick
City, on the Kilmallock road. )
The historic and well known Lough Gur is an area in which many pleasant hours may be spent, whether angling, walking through the countryside along the lakefront, or investigating the fascinating historical features that this site has to offer. Featuring an audio-visually ehnanced 'interpretive centre', a crannog ( an ancient Irish man made island ), and several noteworthy neolithic attractions such as a stone circle, or an ancient fort, as well as a 15th century castle.
Travellers destined for Clare may take a pleasant shortcut by travelling on the Tarbert-Killimer car ferry across the River Shannon Estuary.
Contact Bus Eireann at +353 61 313333
Angela's Ashes Tour
Contact Bus Eireann at +353 61
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Contact +353 61 313399 for further information
Specific Tourist Information on Limerick may be found by calling the following numbers.
Location: Limerick City
Tourist Information Office,
Arthur's Quay Limerick.
( 24 hour information point. )
Telephone: +353 61 317522
Location: Adare, Co. Limerick
Telephone: +353 61 386255
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