A major city in the Republic of Ireland, Limerick boasts a beguiling blend of modern style and traditional charm. Overlooking Ireland’s longest river – the River Shannon – this city is full of surprises.
Stroll through the vibrant streets and discover an assortment of both medieval and Georgian architecture. As Limerick was chosen as the first Irish City of Culture in 2014, some recent improvements have taken place to help rejuvenate the city. Visit the renovated castle or the exciting art museum, or stop by the striking St Mary’s Cathedral and the fascinating city museum.
Whether you’re thinking of a day trip to Limerick or would like to plan a weekend break, you’ll find that there’s plenty to see and do – and that world-famous Irish charm will have you wanting to come back time and time again.
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Brown Thomas is Ireland's leading department store. Situated on O'Connell Street, its location is as central as it gets. Brown Thomas sells incredible clothes, bags, sunglasses and perfumes, as well as a wide range of products for men. Just be warned – this treasure trove can be very tempting, so be sure to arm yourself with some spending money!
14-16 O Connell Street
The Crescent is the biggest shopping centre in the province of Munster, and Ireland’s most successful outside of Dublin. With a massive range of shops including HMV, River Island, H&M and Gamestop, there’s something to please everyone. If you’re looking to kick back after a hard day’s shopping, you can visit the cinema located right beside the shopping centre.
Thomond Park is the home of Munster Rugby. Based on the outskirts of Limerick City, it’s the home of one of Europe's most successful rugby teams.
Old Cratloe Road, Limerick
Limerick Racecourse is located on the outskirts of Limerick City and plays host to race meetings throughout the year. It gives fabulous insight into racing in Ireland – perfect for any racing enthusiast.
Greenmount Park, Patrick’s Well
Adare Manor is one of Ireland’s best regarded golf courses. It was named Ireland’s best golf course every single year between 2006 and 2012 by Golf Digest Ireland. Adare Manor also played host to the 2008 and 2009 Irish Open.
Adare Village Co. Limerick
The University of Limerick is a great place to visit if you fancy a run around its specially built running track whilst taking in the scenery. The University boasts a selection of world-class sports facilities, including Ireland’s only 50 metre swimming pool.
Freddy's Bistro has an amazing range of dishes, including the tastiest beef, chicken, lamb and fish. Housed in a restored 19th-century building, it’s a must-visit for anyone eating out in Limerick.
Theatre Lane, Lower Glentworth Street
The Cornstore in Limerick is as well known for its service as it is for its food. It’s a beautiful and elegant restaurant with a central location. These guys also provide a sumptuous drinks menu, which includes incredible cocktails and out-of-this-world Irish Coffee.
19 Thomas Street
The French Table is (naturally) a French themed restaurant. However, this sophisticated spot brilliantly caters for all tastes and interests, with an authentic French feel.
1 Steamboat Quay
Smyths Bar has something for everybody and appeals to all age groups. With its modern interior and contemporary feel, it’s the perfect bar to watch a match or grab a cocktail. It’s also perfectly placed for moving on to a nightclub.
Jerry Flannery’s is a friendly pub in the heart of Limerick. It’s owned by an ex-Munster and Ireland rugby international player, so as you might expect, it’s an incredible place to watch a match!
This lively Limerick nightclub is located near a host of other bars, so it’s within easy reach for some after-hours dancing.
The Icon is probably the most well-known nightclub in Limerick. Split over two levels with five different bars, it’s a massive space that caters for all.