LimerickLimerick, located on the banks of the River Shannon, holds the distinction of being Ireland's first-ever City of Culture. The city, famously remembered as the setting for Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes", boasts a dynamic blend of art galleries amidst its charmingly decrepit Georgian architecture. Known for its strong rugby culture, Limerick also has a thriving street art community, a bustling festival calendar, and the Milk Market that serves as a hub for food lovers.
The CityLimerick in the midwest of Ireland is a bustling city nestled between areas of outstanding natural beauty from the Burren in Co. Clare in the north to the stunning Ring of Kerry in the south. Its past is etched from Viking and Norman, to Medieval and Georgian, to modern times. It is also the spiritual home of Irish rugby. A compact city with a colourful past, you won't find much of the Limerick portrayed in Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes, but you can retrace his childhood footsteps. Visit King John's Castle in the heart of Limerick's Medieval Heritage precinct on Kings Island. Other landmarks to spot are Thingmount (a Viking counsel chamber and court of justice), the former Bishop's Lady's Palace, the City Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone, and Thomand bridge. Culture: Fancy seeing an art collection with some Renoir, Picasso, Gauguin, O'Conor and Yeats? Then head for the Hunt Museum, set in the former 18th Century Custom House. Limerick City Gallery of Art is home to an important collection of Irish Paintings, while Limerick Museum is a Gulbenkian award winner filled with much earlier antiquities. Time out: Take a breather in the People's Park or Arthur's Quay Park to recharge your batteries. Walk along the river or take a boat trip down the Shannon Estuary to do a spot of whale watching.
Top 5It is not simple to whittle Limerick's attractions down to just five, but the list goes to show how many different activities the city can offer. Any of them can be a nice way to kick off a sightseeing tour of the city.
Do & See
From the ancient castles that once lorded over the town to thought-provoking museums, Limerick will immerse you in its story and culture. Multiple walking tours are also available, covering a wide array of subjects including historic sport clubs and settings of famous novels.
Limerick has abundant international dining options: from spicy Thai dishes and rows of French wine bottles, to Italian home-made pasta and grilled delicacies.
Stop to refuel at one of Limerick's many cafés. Many offer homemade food and desserts, as well as fair trade products and locally produced food.
Bars & Nightlife
No visit to Limerick City would be complete without a trip to one of its many watering holes. Being a student town, Limerick enjoys a vibrant nightlife, catering to the young as well as the young at heart.
Limerick City is home to major department stores and high street chains as well as small retail outlets specialising in fashion, jewellery, books and crafts. The area around O’Connell Street is the main shopping district of the city. For Ireland’s most upmarket department store, visit the nearby Brown Thomas, which sells an array of clothing, Waterford Crystal and Donegal tweeds.