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.
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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?
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 best pubs in Limerick 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.
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