Limerick City - Lots to Love

By Jayne Leonard
24 Apr 2015

Limerick is Ireland's Riverside City... the mighty River Shannon flows though it. It's an historic city founded by the Vikings circa 922 A.D. and with a city charter older than Londons. It's castle, ancient walls and museums recall its dramatic past. It was designated Ireland's first National City of Culture in 2014. It's excellent for shopping, entertainment, sports, great eateries and lively nightlive. 


 

 

If you Like HISTORY, you’ll Love:


King John's Castle Visitor Experience, Nicholas Street King Johns Castle Limerick City

Buy your Tickets to King John's Castle Visitor Experience hereA medieval fortress with a fascinating history, King John’s recently underwent a multi-million euro redevelopment. This 13th Century castle now features a new visitor centre with state of the art interpretive activities and exhibitions, 21st century touch-screen technology and 3D models to help visitors truly experience tales of siege and warfare. Try on historic costumes to re-live castle life and delve into the castle history through discovery drawers and audio visuals. Kids will love the great array of computer-generated animations and ghostly projections as they travel back in time.

For more information and great value tickets, see here.

 
The Hunt Museum, Rutland Street 

Buy your Tickets to the Hunt Museum hereThe Hunt Museum exhibits one Europe’s greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities, dating from the Neolithic Period to the 20th Century. It was established to house a collection of approximately 2,000 works of art and antiquities formed by John and Gertrude Hunt during their lifetime. View artefacts from around the world and artwork by Picasso and Renoir. The Museum also hosts activities such as museum tours, arts and crafts classes, kids’ activities, camps and lectures.

For more information and great value tickets, see here.


St. Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street

Limerick’s oldest building, built in 1168 and still in daily use, is the Anglican St. Mary’s Cathedral. Built on the site of the palace of the last King of Munster, and prior to that a Viking meeting place, the present Cathedral still incorporates part of the original palace - most prominently the great West Door, which is believed to have been the main entrance to the royal palace. St. Mary’s is open daily for both prayer and visits by tourists and pilgrims. 

 

If you Like CULTURE, you’ll Love...

 

The University Concert Hall, Castletroy Concert Orchestra

This huge, purpose-build concert hall seats over 1,000 people and offers a varied programme of year-round events - encompassing everything from Opera and Dance to Comedy, Drama, Children’s Pantos and Festivals. Highlights of the 2015 calendar include the Irish Chamber Orchestra ‘A Viennese Prom’; Limerick Sings International Choral Festival; Jimmy Carr ‘Funny Business’; Master mentalist Keith Barry; and the UCH Christmas Panto ‘Sleeping Beauty’.


Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square

In the heart of Georgian Limerick, the LCGA is home to an impressive collection of 18th to 21st century Irish art in all media, totalling over 831 works! Showcasing works by Irish and international artists, admission to the gallery is free. The LCGA also holds a free kids ‘Crafternoon’ every Saturday during the summer! For more details on events and exhibitions see here.


 

If you Like FAMILY DAYS OUT, you’ll Love:

 

Thomond Park Stadium & Museum Tours, Old Cratloe Road Thomond Park Stadium Museum Tours Limerick City

Buy your Tickets to Thomond Park Stadium & Museum Tours hereFollow in the footsteps of Munster's rugby legends with a behind the scenes tour of the iconic Thomond Park Stadium - guaranteed to be a fantastic family visit! Experience how players feel on match days as you visit the home and away dressing rooms, pitch-side and the Munster dugout, as well as the post-match interview area. The spectacularly interactive museum showcases the proud heritage of Munster Rugby and features an impressive range of memorabilia.

For more information and great value tickets, see here.


Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Bunratty, Co. Clare

Buy your Tickets to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park hereBunratty Castle and Folk Park is just 15 minutes from Limerick City (circa 15km / 10mls) and one of Ireland's very best attractions. Families love it. Be immersed in 19th Century Irish life at Bunratty Folk Park - a 26 acre living reconstruction of the environment of Ireland at that time. Visit 30 houses and cottages, ranging from those owned by the very poor to the very wealthy; walk down the village street complete with pub, schoolhouse, doctor’s surgery and more; and see traditional crafts represented at the forge, the mills, the pottery, the printers and on the farms. Rising above the Folk Park is famous Bunratty Castle, built by the powerful MacNamara family in 1425, which now contains 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art.

For more information and great value tickets, see here.
 

 

If you Like SHOPPING, you’ll Love:

 

The Crescent Shopping Centre, Dooradoyle

Ireland’s biggest shopping complex outside of Dublin, the Crescent is a must for shopaholics! Open daily, and with over 90 shops and restaurants along with a cinema and a crèche for the kids, it’s a shopper’s paradise. Browse high-street brands like Zara, H&M, Next and River Island; check out Carraig Donn for some Irish style; and enjoy a coffee and some luscious Irish chocolates at Butler’s Café. Handbags


City Centre Shopping

Limerick City Centre has a great range of independent boutiques, big name brands and department stores. Head to the recently upgraded Bedford Row for stores like Diesel, Schuh, Tom Tailor and Pamela Scott; or to the city’s main street, O’ Connell Street, for two of Ireland’s much-loved department stores - Brown Thomas and Debenhams. At Brown Thomas, you’ll find the best of designer brands including Gant, Tiffany & Co, Diane von Furstenburg and Michael Kors along with a huge cosmetics department. Debenhams features departments for home, kids, men, women and cosmetics and houses brands like Dior, Chanel, Ben Sherman, Ted Baker, Dash and Lipsy.
 

 

If you Like GOOD FOOD, you’ll Love:

 

Freddy’s Bistro, Theatre Lane, Lower Glentworth Street

One of Limerick’s best restaurants and recommended by the Bridgestone Guide and Paolo Tullio, Freddy’s Bistro is located in a beautifully restored 19th Century building. The natural stone walls and flickering candlelight lend to its casual yet intimate atmosphere. Savour tempting mains like Fillet Steaks, Dingle Crab Linguini, Flavourful Nut Roasts, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken; choose from the selective wine list; and devour desserts like Spiced Autumn Figs, Belgian Chocolate Pudding or a carefully assembled cheese board. There’s even a dedicated Coeliac Menu! Reservations recommended. Dining Out


The Cornstore, 19 Thomas Street

Voted Best Restaurant in Limerick 2012 & 2013 and recommended by the Bridgestone Guide, Georgina Campbell, Lucinda O'Sullivan and Paolo Tullio, the Cornstore offers a casual and lively dining experience in a Manhattan style setting over three floors. Specialising in seafood and steak, the Cornstore places an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Complete with a unique wine and cocktail bar, and 2013 Winner of the Best Cocktail Bar in Ireland, it’s a great choice to kick off a night on the town. Reservations recommended.


The Curragower Seafood Bar, Clancy’s Strand

Right on the banks of the river Shannon, the Curragower gastro pub is at the heart of Limerick’s Medieval Quarter. Diners can enjoy high quality, award-winning food and a wide selection of drinks in a relaxed and friendly setting. With both indoor and outdoor seating, take in spectacular views of King John’s Castle, the Curragower Falls and Limerick City Hall as you enjoy specialities like Fresh Mussels, the Curragower Seafood Pie, or a Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich topped with a homemade tomato smoked slaw.


The Milk Market, Mungret Street

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the all-weather Milk Market Limerick is a fantastic foodie experience. Tip: It's extra special to visit it on Saturday morning - but very busy! One of the oldest markets in Ireland, it underwent a major redevelopment in 2010 and a giant canvas structure now covers it. Market goers can enjoy the hustle and bustle of market day, wandering through the stalls, enjoying the surrounding buzz, savouring the aromas and sampling artisan offerings. Try an authentic French crêpe, magnificent home-baked breads, gourmet tarts, specially created teas and fresh pressed apple juices, and make sure to check out the handmade soaps, artisan chocolates and homemade jams and chutneys before you leave!

 

If you Like GREAT NIGHTLIFE, you’ll Love:


Dolans, Dock Road

Arguably the best live venue in Ireland, free live music takes place from 9pm every night in the iconic Dolan’s Pub on the Dock Road. This typical Irish pub guarantees a great night out, with a lively atmosphere and a creamy Pint! Dolan’s also hosts gigs and entertainment in three other venues. For a full list of gigs and venues see Dolans.ie.


Nancy Blakes, Denmark Street

A traditional Irish pub for the over 23’s, ‘Nancy’s’ has a large canopied beer garden with regular live music sessions. A popular spot, this late bar fills up quickly, and is busy all week long!


The Savoy Bar, Henry Street Cocktail Bar

Part of the 5* Savoy Hotel, this cocktail bar boasts an impressive menu of freshly made cocktails, along with all the usual drinks. Perfect for a relaxing Aperitif or post-shopping drink!


The Copper Room Wine Bar, O’ Connell Street

This candle-lit, basement Wine Bar is Limerick’s premier cheese, wine and port house. The Copper Room offers an extensive list of tasteful wines, which can be accompanied by suggested cheeses, patés, meats, chutneys, pickles, and breads; along with an eclectic beer selection for those who aren’t a fan of grapes! An intimate yet lively venue.


The Icon Nightclub, Denmark Street

Located just across the road from Nancy Blake’s the Icon Nightclub is spread out over two levels with two dance floors and five separate bars. Playing a mix of current chart sounds and club classics, and open 7 nights a week, it’s a haven for club lovers! The on-site Smyth’s Late Bar has live music nightly.

 

What’s the best thing you’d recommend not to miss on a visit to Limerick?
 

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