Mini-journey to Limerick (Ireland): What to do

Last updated on February 22nd, 2018 at 09:33 pm


If you want to get a true experience of Ireland’s authentic beauty and avoid traditional tourist-crowded paths, Limerick is the place to go! Located in the very heart of Ireland, on the river Shannon, it is a perfect blend of historical and modern attractions. Limerick is situated right in the middle of the way between Cork and Galway, so it’s worth including this city to your trip itinerary. Tyre-guru.ie, the leading dealer of tyres and accessories, gives tips on how to make your short trip to Limerick cosy and exciting.

Travelling to Limerick by car

Whether you rent a car or travel on your own vehicle, make sure you get everything necessary for a safe and comfortable trip. Think about such things as quality tyres, travel maps or GPS devices, and first aid and emergency kits. Inspect basic systems of your car to ensure it is roadworthy.

What to see in Limerick?    

Road trip to Limerick

Limerick isn’t as popular as Ireland’s top tourist destinations, but it has plenty of attractions for people who love both history and innovations. It is famous for its traditional Irish pubs, old churches, museums, medieval architecture, and Vikings culture that permanently blended into the native Irish society. Start exploring Limerick’s Norman medieval architecture in the city centre and take a walk to the King John’s Castle, the most visited Limerick’s attraction. The fortress, which is rising above the river Shannon, now serves as a museum displaying Irish history and the Viking heritage through reconstructed scenes.

A walk through two cathedrals (St. Mary’s and St. John’s) and Glenstal Abbey will tell you about the city’s Christian life. Take a walk across the Living Bridge that begins at the campus of the University of Limerick and ‘connects’ two counties of Ireland – Co. Limerick and Co. Clare separated by the river Shannon. If you are into exciting activities, think about going kayaking along the river.   

Once you travel by car, take a drive to Lough Gur, one of the country’s most beautiful lakes, which is surrounded by archaeological attractions: a burial mound, ancient cemetery, grave, cult site, and stone forts. 25 kilometres from Limerick, there is a quaint village Adare with a luxury neo-Gothic Adare Manor which now serves both as a hotel and a museum. If you travel with kids, take a 40-minute drive from the village Adare to Foynes Flying Boat Museum that houses a 1940s cinema, a full sized flying boat and a simulator for today’s aviators.

Where to eat in Limerick

For some refreshment, visit the Locke Bar or Curragower Bar or drop in at Jack Monday’s for a cup of hot chocolate. If you want some cosy, filling, and authentic sensations, visit Freddy’s Bistro, an award-winning restaurant in the city centre. If you prefer some spectacular views while dining, consider the River Restaurant situated on the bank of the river Shannon.

After Limerick if you want to have a short visit to Dublin, make sure you read this post.

If you are interested in more tips to plan a road trip, read here. Or click here, if you are planning to travel with a motorcycle.

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. He believes in travel without money. Recently, he finished a bicycle trip, 9500 km, from Madrid to North Cape.

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  • We’ve just come back from a holiday to Kinsale and Connemara. Kinsale was very friendly and boaty. In Connemara, we saw spectacular mountains covered with purple heather. We drove through Limerick on the way from Kinsale to Connemara. My only reservations about Ireland are that it’s cold, wet and expensive!