Limerick City is sited on one of Europe's finest rivers, the River Shannon. A Viking City, one can only imagine the 9th century scenes, when fleets of Viking vessels sailed up the river to plunder and terrorise the monastic midlands. In later centuries these Norsemen settled and founded the trading port of Limerick which to-day is a proud, progressive and thriving City with a charter older than that of London. Its castles, ancient walls and museums are testament to its dramatic past.Particularly worth viewing is King John's Castle in its Heritage precinct and the magnificent Hunt Museum in Limerick's Custom House.This museum houses an internationally important collection of some 2,000 original works including pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Renoir and Picasso.
Places to visit in and around Limerick
Bunratty Castle is one of the finest surviving examples of an Irish tower house. Although it is hard to believe that the castle has had a bloody and violent history. Its strategic position on the river Shannon made it the centre of many a battle. The Folk Park adjoins the castle and aims to show what everyday life was like in rural Ireland about 100 years ago. It contains reconstructed farmhouses, cottages and shops, and care has been taken to make them as authentic as possible, particularly with regard to furnishings.
Cliffs of Moher are situated in County Clare and bordering the Burren Area, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most spectacular sights. Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. A walk along the cliffs is not to be missed. Those with a head for heights can easily walk to the edge of the cliff and view the Atlantic Ocean below.
The Burren lies south of Galway in County Clare, Ireland. The name Burren is from the Irish - bhoireann meaning a stony place. Its formation has lain unspoiled since the ice-age and is composed of karstic limestone, the largest area of such in western Europe. This area has some of the finest archaeological megalithic tombs in Ireland, if not in Western Europe. In this area alone there are more than 60 wedge tombs and the densest concentration in Ireland.
The Ring of Kerry One the most famous and popular road circuits for tourists in the South West of Ireland, the Ring of Kerry, traverses the coastline of the Inveragh Peninsula, with a great many tourist sites along the way. Dramatic panoramas, majestic mountain shapes, ancient sites and towns are found along the winding route of the N70 through the southern tip of Kerry, known as the Ring of Kerry.
Dingle Peninsula , Europe's most westerly town and sheltered by hills on three sides, the harbour is one of the world's natural beauty spots - home to an active fishing fleet and resident dolphin - FUNGI. It has a diving centre, sailing club, art galleries, traditional craft and excellent accommodation. Dingle has many eccentric & colourful pubs and fine restaurants, offering entertainment and traditional Irish music unique to the area.
Copper and Spice (Indian)2 Cornmarket RowLimerickTel: 061 313620
Bella Italia Bistro43 Thomas StreetLimerickTel: 061 418872
Finnegans Bar & RestaurantDublin RoadAnnacottyLimerickTel: 061 337338
Locke Restaurant (General)3 Georgers QuayLimerickTel: 061 413733
Texas Steakout Restaurant116 O'Connell St.LimerickTel: 061 410350
The Bank RestaurantO'Connell StreetLimerickTel: 061 481546
Jasmine Palace (Chinese)116 O'Connell St.MallO'Connell St.LimerickTel: 061 412484
Milanos RestaurantHarveys QuayLimerickTel: 061 426030
McLaughlins RestaurantCastletroy Park HotelCastletroyLimerickTel: 061 335566
Green Onion RestaurantRutland StreetLimerickTel: 061 400710
Moll Darby's Restaurant8 Georges QuayLimerickTel: 061 411511
Brulees RestaurantHenry StreetLimerickTel: 061 319931
Freddy's BistroTheatre LaneLimerickTel: 061 418749
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There are many attractions both near and in the Limerick city region. A complete guide can be found at www.shannonregionaltourism.ie or www.limericktourist.com . You may find a useful guide to Limerick City here . . In particular, we suggest the following sites, which are centrally located and accessable via a short taxi ride.
King John's CastleKings Island, Limerick City, Co. Limerick, IrelandPhone:+353 (0)61 360-788Fax:+353 (0)61 361-020Website:http://www.shannonheritage.com/KJC.htmOpen:From 27 December To 31 March Daily 10.30-16.30 (last admission 15.30)
Adare, Co LimerickIreland's answer to the cosy English village must surely be Adare, where the Third Earl of Dunraven built a street with thatched cottages and hedges at the gates of his early Victorian Manor. History had already endowed the place with an exquisite backdrop to further please the eye - a Norman castle beside the River Maigue and the best collection of ruined mediaeval friaries in Ireland ( from http://www.limericktourist.com/towns/adare/ ) For more information, a list of things to do in Adare is available at http://www.adarevillage.com/activities.html
A short review of each pub is available at http://www.litsu.ie/Entertainment/Ent_Pubs.htm . Specific websites are listed below:Dolan's Pub (traditional) http://www.dolanspub.com/Smyths (nightclub) http://www.smythsbar.com/