Located on the west coast in the Connacht province, Limerick is Ireland’s third largest city and is often regarded, as its underrated county but this couldn’t be further from the truth. It was the City of Culture in 2014 and you will discover historic and artistic surprises within its streets, making Limerick an ideal place to spend a day while in Ireland. With so many places to visit here it is impossible to cover them all so we chose Limerick’s top five not to miss attractions.
Founded in 1852 this market brings locals and tourists together by giving them access to a wide variety of the finest food producers and purveyors under this one roof – all of which are produced locally. As well as playing host to a variety of shops and stalls, this market also delivers live music and events that are always worth checking out. This can make for thirsty work but luckily there is a whiskey tasting pub just around the corner called Michael Flannery’s.
The heartland of Munster rugby and the home of rugby legends, makes this not only a legendary venue for spectators to enjoy a match, but also offers rugby fans a stadium tour that promises to reveal its inner sanctum. This tour includes a pint size museum that packs a mighty punch with all the memorabilia it holds and even provides fans with a selfie corner for a photo with some of rugby’s greatest players. And if this wasn’t enough, thrill seekers can get their adrenaline pumping by abseiling down Thomond Park.
King Johns Castle
Located on King’s Island in the heart of medieval Limerick, these fortified walls have been a local landmark since 1210 with a long and turbulent history. In 2013 the castle re-opened after a €6 million refurbishment that has kicked this cities anchor attraction into the 21st century making it a more interesting and educational venue to visit. Interactive exhibitions and costumed actors are followed by exposed archaeology in the spooky undercroft and a tour of the courtyard and fortifications.
Limerick City Galleries
Limerick possesses a rich repository of art and endless art galleries, with the main two being Limerick City Gallery of Art and The Hunt Museum. As well as these galleries Limerick owns a creative tapestry of street art, which adds a fantastic vibrancy to its local streets mainly due to its community program, Make A Move which encourages urban art among young people of all cultures and backgrounds.
St Mary’s Cathedral
Limerick’s ancient cathedral was founded in 1168 by Donal Mór O’Brien, King of Munster and is one of the counties oldest working buildings in Limerick full of unique details. It bore witness to many unique and historical events during this time – invasions, sieges, battles, wars, famines and times of peace. This year marks its 850th anniversary and reflecting on the roles it has played, and continues to play in local city life– community, civic, cultural, educational, ecumenical, musical, sporting and tourism. On occasion this cathedral plays host to musical extravaganzas of choirs and orchestras.
Limerick , as a county, is rebooting itself – its proud, its passionate, its authentic making it an exciting place to explore when touring Ireland. Its sizzling food, secret chapels, luxury stays and Georgian character all ensure that it stays in the hearts and minds of those that come and harness its energy.