Things to do in Limerick


Overview of Limerick

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.

Must-dos for the whole family

  1. The Hunt Museum – see a collection of pieces from history’s most important influential artists. Be sure to have tea and scones in the café overlooking the river afterwards!
  2. King John’s Castle – a must if your family is into history. This 13th century castle overlooks the majestic River Shannon.
  3. Exploring street art – artists from all over the world come to make their vibrant mark on Limerick’s streets. Grab a coffee for you and an ice cream for the kids and go for a wander.
  4. The Clare Glens – on the boundary between the counties Tipperary and Limerick, the Glens is the perfect place to explore rapids, waterfalls and natural rock pools. They are heavily wooded so walking is easy, and the looped nature trail is lovely too> Visit Discover Ireland for a map and guide.

  1. Adare Village – One of Ireland’s prettiest villages and also one of Ireland’s designated heritage towns. The main street is punctuated with with beautiful stone buildings. medieval monasteries, ruins and a picturesque village park.
  2. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park – a living museum children of all ages will love, where you can watch bread being baked, milk being churned, and a Blacksmith fit a horseshoe.
  3. Foynes Flying Boat and Martime Museum – the kids will love marvelling at the whimsical flying machines.
  4. Terra Nova Fairy Garden – get lost amongst the flowers, trees and stunning ornaments of this enchanting garden. Totally magical and a joy to explore!
  5. Stonehall Visitor Farm – great day out with animals, a bouncy castle, playground and go karts to entertain the children.
  6. Nevsail indoor climbing wall – for the adrenaline-loving little (or big) spider men out there!

Other things to tick off your list

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 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:

Dates for the diary

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


Don’t let allergies hold you back

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.


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