Limerick is Ireland’s third largest city. Situated on the majestic and beautiful River Shannon, it’s a vibrant hub of culture, attractions, sport and history with its medieval castles and churches. But by far the most amazing thing about Limerick is its people. Everyone you meet treats you with kindness, hospitality and genuine enquiry. This all adds to its infectious warmth and home-town feel. It also makes it the perfect place to holiday with the kids. After you’ve exhausted the sights and attractions of the city, travel just a few minutes outside and let the kids run free as you explore the hills and villages full of character. A unique blend of city and county, Limerick is a place where the bustle of city life easily fits with the tranquillity of the beautiful Irish countryside.
For younger little ones, Dreamland Fun Centre is a magical place designed to reflect a storybook. It’s like walking straight into a child’s imagination.
Do your kids love a good playground? Head to Abbeyfeale Town Park. It’s big, with lots of equipment to keep them busy with ample seating so you can sit with a coffee and watch. It has a car park too.
Lough Gur is at the heart of a remarkable archaeological landscape featuring sites that represent every major period of human history in Ireland. Physical evidence of occupation from the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Early Christian, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern eras has been found in the immediate vicinity. Lough Gur has breathtaking scenery along with a fairy trail and tree trail for younger visitors. It is a beautiful spot to take a yummy picnic, you’ll be captivated by the beauty, charm and peacefulness of the place.
Fancy getting a bit active? Visit the Ballyhoura Mountains. Horse-riding, orienteering, mountain-biking and walking routes – they have it all. Teenage kids will love this one.
Make your stay even more magical by seeing some bottlenose dolphins, pelagic seabirds and grey seals in the wild. Visit www.dolphinwatch.ie for more information.
For an insight into sporting history, head to Thomond Park Stadium. It’s the home ground of Munster Rugby, one of the most successful and best supported rugby clubs in the world. Visit the interactive museum and go on the stadium tour.
If your kids are over 14 years old you can jump on your bike (literally!) and see even more of this beautiful city. Get off the beaten track and explore the whole city, the cycleway along the River Shannon is just something else. For details of Limericks bike share visit: www.bikeshare.ie/limerick.html
Richard Harris International Film Festival – 25-29 October 2018
Lough Gur Storytelling Festival 2018 – 26-28 October 2018
Halloween Pumpkin Trail – 28 October 2018
Limerick Festival of Science – 11-18 November 2018
Light up Limerick – 18 November 2018
With so much to see and do in Limerick, the last thing you want is to be suffering with winter allergies. So, don’t let it hold you back! Have you got any local insider Limerick tips that we’ve missed? Share them with us on the Zirtek Allergy Relief Facebook page.