Limerick is a jewel of a county nestled into Ireland’s glorious Shannon region. Around every corner is something different – a charming village, an eccentric castle, an archaeological wonder or an awesome view.
The dauntingly beautiful Ballyhoura Mountains preside over a peaceful countryside that’s studded with historic sights and haunting monuments.
Limerick’s villages and towns are renowned for their beauty and places like Castleconnell, Killmallock and Adare are magical, romantic and rewarding little spots, which will seduce you into submission.
From the diversity of its breathtaking landscapes and spectacular coastline, to the mystical charms of its ancient past and its picturesque towns, County Limerick is full of colour and charm. Limerick’s rich cultural heritage can be seen in its medieval city streets, hills and valleys.
Some of our county gems include Adare, widely regarded as Ireland’s prettiest village, the outstanding Lough Gur and Heritage Centre which is home to the Grange Stone Circle and Foynes Flying Boat Museum, an absorbing museum marking the predecessor to the modern runways of Shannon Airport in Co. Clare and the home of the Irish Coffee.
County Limerick is a playground for outdoor pursuits! Here you can go angling in plentiful waters, golfing on our world renowned courses, walking or cycling on the Limerick Greenway, go biking on the longest trail network of its kind at the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails or go horse riding in wonderfully scenic surroundings.
Shannon International Airport is located just 24 kilometres from Limerick. Shannon Airport has a network of 35 destinations across UK, Europe and the US. Dublin Airport is 200km north-east of Limerick and Cork Airport is 110km from Limerick City.
Limerick is less than two hours drive time from Cork ferry port, and about three-and-a-half to four hours from Rosslare and Dublin Ferry ports. The ferry terminal at Cork offers easy access to and from mainland Europe. Brittany Ferries operates a service between Cork-Roscoff (France). Clare is also accessible via ferry from Rosslare and Dublin. Both ports offer daily services between Ireland-UK and services to France and Northern Spain. The following companies offer ferry services into Ireland – Stena Line, Irish Ferries, P&O Ferries, Kintyre Express, and Isle of Man Steam Packet
Bus Éireann provide services to Limerick from Dublin, Galway, Waterford and Cork.
There are daily regular train services from Ennis to Limerick and Galway with connections from Limerick to Cork and Dublin. More information from Irish Rail
The Hunt Museum Limerick City
Explore one of Ireland’s greatest private collections dating from the Neolithic to the 20th Century. Discover a diverse collection of antiquities and fine and decorative art at the Hunt Museum in Limerick City, which reflects the interests of the founders, John and Gertrude Hunt. There are artefacts from Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Olmec civilisation. See an important collection of Irish archaeological material ranging from Neolithic flints and Bronze Age material. One of the strengths of the collection is the medieval artefacts, including statues in stone and wood, painted panels, jewellery, enamels, ivories, ceramics, crystal and crucifixes.
King John’s Castle
Located in the heart of Limerick City’s medieval quarter, visitors have the unique opportunity to discover the stories of ruthless King John, the noble knights and rebellious natives. Experience 800 years of dramatic local history come to life. 21st century touch-screen technology, 3D models and discovery drawers are among the exciting techniques that will connect you to tales of siege and warfare. Visitors can try their hand at a series of Medieval Courtyard Games including medieval archery, hopscotch, noughts and crosses, horseshoe throwing and tug of war. Meet some of King John’s Castle medieval characters and climb the ancient towers for spectacular surrounding views across the roaring River Shannon and the rooftops of Limerick City.
Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum
Located at the original terminal building in Foynes the museum recalls the nostalgic era of 1939 to 1945, when Foynes was the centre of the aviation world. Explore the museum and learn how Foynes was once one of the great aviation hubs. Follow in the footsteps of Maureen O’Hara, John F. Kennedy, Bob Hope, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the dignitaries, movie stars and refugees who landed here during World War II. See how this unique story is told by an original film in a 1940s style cinema. Check out the World War II exhibits and take the chance to board a life-size replica of the Boeing 314 Flying Boat. Irish coffee, was first served at Foynes in 1943 to a group of weary passengers. Watch the wonderful 3D holographic show re-enacting this famous night and after, taste a delicious Irish coffee in its original home.
Curragh Chase Forest Park
Over 300 hectares of forests and lakelands now surround the shell of Curraghchase House, in County Limerick, once home of poet Aubrey de Vere, who penned the famous ‘Ballad Of Athlone’. Curragh Chase Forest Park is the woodland estate and lakes around the shell of the 18th century Curraghchase House, in County Limerick, home of poet Aubrey de Vere. It is now open as a state forest and park and also has a caravan & camping park onsite.
Lough Gur Visitor Centre
Explore Lough Gur Visitor Centre and view the fascinating exhibitions at one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. Learn about Lough Gur’s geology, botany, zoology and archaeology and immerse yourself in tales of local folklore and ancient Celtic festivals. Check out replicas of famous archaeological finds in this region including Stone Age pottery, the famous Bronze Age Lough Gur Shield (the original is now housed in the National Museum) and the Countess of Bath chalice and paten. Learn about the activities of the first farmers in this rich archaeological area, including their dwellings, rituals, tools, implements and burial sites. Discover Lough Gur, the horseshoe lake at the bottom of Knockadoon Hill, see the 113 standing stones of the Grange Stone Circle and take a guided tour to discover the facts and magical myths of this scenic setting.