Limerick Tourist Information

Limerick Travel Guide

Sitting between Woodcock Hill and the majestic Silvermine Mountains, the city of Limerick spreads across both sides of the scenic Shannon River. Breathtaking scenery, both natural and man made, mark the area, providing tourists witha variety of interesting attractions to explore, tourists often choose Limerick tours to take in as many sights as possible. No longer standing in the shadow of its northern neighbours, Ireland's fifth largest city has evolved into one of Europe's premier destinations.

Limerick's medieval core is centred on the imposing city fortress, King John's Castle. Erected in 1210 by King John, it is one of Ireland's most stunning remainders from the Norman invasion. Castle Lane leads the way to the castle, with its lovingly restored examples of 18th and 19th century buildings. Nearby you will find St Mary's cathedral, which was constructed in 1172.

Limerick Tourist Attractions

Bunratty Castle, one of Ireland's most popular tourist excursions, lies not far from Limerick, and the city is within easy reach of the breathtaking cliffs of Moher, Lough Derg and the Burren and Killarney national parks. The cities of Galway and Cork are just a short drive away through a region filled with hundreds of enchanting monasteries, storybook castles, abbeys and cathedrals.

Fortunately, the dull and dreary Limerick famed as the setting for the novel 'Angela's Ashes' exists no more. The new and emerging city offers a plethora of wonderful dining establishments and traditional pubs, along with the vibrant nightlife of a university town. Shopping in the Georgian quarter is pleasant, and the city sports many artistic diversions as well as live music venues.

Transport Around Limerick

Most of the things to see and do are contained in a small area around the castle, making walking the best mode of transportation. Public busses service the city, with long distance busses and Irish Rail routes heading to other points in Ireland. By air, Shannon Airport is the closest to the city, with most international visitors arriving through Dublin International Airport.

Travel insurance is recommended for those visiting Limerick. While it is considered a safe place to visit, medical bills can be expensive when dealing with an accident or serious illness. Enjoy your trip knowing that you and your loved ones are covered in the event of a medical emergency.