Often overshadowed by Dublin and Cork, Limerick is a colourful gem of a city in the Emerald Isle that is quickly making a name for itself as a top destination for all travellers looking to experience Irish culture and history from a new vantage point. Dating back to 812 AD, Limerick was named Ireland's first City of Culture in 2014, an appointment which has since instilled a sense of pride and rejuvenation throughout the city. Explore galleries and markets in the Georgian Quarter, hike through the nearby woodlands and learn about the city’s unique and fascinating history at the cathedrals and castles. Our travel guide to Limerick gives you local insight into the best hotels, restaurants and experiences in this historic centre.
At the heart of luxury five-star hotel, Adare Manor is the idea of a homecoming. Whether it’s your first or fifth time visiting the grand manor, the team here strive to welcome you as an old friend and cater to your every desire. From preparing a special cocktail in a specific way, arranging for softer or firmer pillows to be delivered to your bedroom, or simply having a chat to catch up on the latest local news, the friendliness and attention to detail here is second to none. The hotel is located on 840 acres of spectacular grounds which encompass a spa, swimming pool and golf course. While it may be tempting to luxuriate in your beautifully furnished hotel room or suite, Adare Manor offers an exciting choice of activities to entertain you during your stay. Ideal for those travelling with families, try your hand at archery, horse riding, fishing, game shooting and many other exciting countryside experiences.
No 1 Pery Square: A welcoming luxury bolthole located in the Georgian Quarter of the city.
One of the biggest draws to this rugged Irish city is the expanding culinary scene that spans from authentic Asian-inspired street food to innovative interpretations of traditional Irish cuisine. One restaurant that is really making its mark on the city is Azur. Striking a balance of fine-dining quality and relaxed Irish hospitality, Azur offers a delicious menu of meat and seafood dishes (as well as plenty of vegetarian options) that showcase local ingredients through modern takes on simple plates – we recommend the mouth-wateringly tender braised beef.
Curragower: Situated in the Medieval Quarter of Limerick, this local favourite serves award-winning comfort dishes in a laidback gastropub environment.
The Grill Room: Perfect for meat lovers, this restaurant is best for dinner and specialises in succulent cuts served in an opulent setting in the city centre.
Sash Restaurant: A cosy restaurant located in a historical boutique hotel offering a menu of high-quality hearty meals.
From meandering through the streets of the old town to hiking through the nearby countryside, Limerick is a city that’s best explored on foot. A brilliant experience for all literary enthusiasts, the Angela’s Ashes Walking Tour is a fantastic way of discovering grassroots stories about the city and its inhabitants throughout history. Taking you to the main sites of significance featured in Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Angela’s Ashes, the highly knowledgable guide, Noel will tell you about the author’s impoverished childhood and how this came to inspire and influence his literary masterpiece.
Milk Market: A bustling food market showcasing a variety of different food vendors with a shared passion for quality and provenance.
Cycle Ballyhoura: Rent a bike and go mountain biking through the nearby woodlands. Chris and Liam are on hand to advise all customers regarding the best bikes and trails according to their preferences and ability.
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