Weekend Getaway in Limerick 03/11/2017


Limerick is a city in County Limerick, Ireland. It is located in the Mid-West Region and is part of the province of Munster.  Limerick is located at the head of the Shannon Estuary where the river widens before it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Moreover, the city lies on the River Shannon, with the historic core of the city located on King's Island, that is bordered by the Shannon and the Abbey River.  

 Limerick is the third most populous urban area in the state, with a population of 94,192, and the fourth most popular city on the island of Ireland. 

In 2014, Limerick became Ireland's 'Inaugural National City of Culture', with a wide variety of cultural and artistic events taking place at various locations around the city throughout the entire year. In this beautiful destination, there is a lively art gallery, a recently renovated castle and a fast-developing foodie scene to complement its many traditional pubs and much other sightseeing that you should visit.  

King John's Castle

Nicholas Street | King's Island, Limerick, Ireland 

Opening hours: Sun-Sat 09:30 - 18:00 

 

Kings John Castle located on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City. The tremendous new exhibition at King John’s Castle 'brings to life' over 800 years of dramatic local history. The 13th century Castle reopened on Friday, June 28th, 2013, fully renovated with 21st-century touchscreen technology, 3D models and discovery drawer are the exciting techniques that will connect you to tales of warfare and siege.   

Hunt Museum

The Custom House | Rutland St., Limerick, Ireland 

Opening Hours: Sun 14:00 - 17:00,  Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00 

With 6 minutes' walk from King John's Castle, you can visit The Hunt Museum which houses a varied collection of antiquities and decorative and fine art. It reflects the interests and tastes of the two people who formed it, Gertrude and John Hunt. There are artefacts from Egypt, Rome, Greece, and the Olmec civilization.  

Lough Gur Visitor Centre 

Lough Gur, Limerick, Ireland 

Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 12pm to 4pm,  Sat-Sun: 12.00pm to 4pm. 

Lough Gur is a mysterious and magical place that is rich in folklore along with a wealth of history and archaeology dating back to Stone Age times. The Heritage Centre gives an enchanting interpretation of the sites associated with Lough Gur. The facility was completely refurbished and upgraded in 2013. Heritage Centre highlights include a modern exhibition detailing over 6,000 years of history at Lough Gur, audio guides,  listening points, Neolithic Pot model, archaeological dig, AV interactive and presentation touchscreens. 

St. Mary's Cathedral 

Saint Mary's Cathedral Bridge Street | Limerick, Ireland 

No trip to the City is complete without visiting this historic building at the heart of this ancient metropolis. The Cathedral of Saint Mary has had an elongate and eventful history. It was founded in 1168 on the site of a palace donated by Donal Mor O'Brien King of Munster. Experts credit that sections of the palace are incorporated into the present structure of the Cathedral. 

Thomond Park Stadium 

Thomond Park Cratloe Road | Cratloe  Road, Limerick, Ireland 

Opening Hours:  Mon – Fri: Tours available  from  9.30am (pre-booking is advised) 
Sat & Sun (For groups of 6 or more, pre-booking essential) 

Follow the footsteps of Munster players by visiting at the historic Thomond Park Stadium. The stadium tour usually takes you to places only accessible to players and officials. From a seat in the home dressing room to a walk down the tunnel, the tour provides you with a unique and unforgettable experience of how the Munster players feel on big match days. The Full Stadium Tour consists of an entry to the home and away dressing rooms, a museum visit, plus visits to pitch-side and the Munster dugout. 

People's Park 

People's Park, Pery's Square, Limerick City 

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun08:00 – 07:00 

The People's Park, is the principal park of Limerick City, which was formally opened in 1877, in memory of Richard Russell, a prominent local businessman. At People's Park, the visitor can find the refurbished drinking fountain, the Limerick City Gallery of Art, two park shelters, a bandstand, and children's playground. The park has a large selection of mature, evergreen and deciduous trees such as, Ash, Birch Beech, Elm, , Flowering Cherry False Acacia, Flowering Crab, Holly, Hawthorn, Hornbeam, Horse Chestnut, Lime, Maple, Mountain Ash, Oak, and Willow plus, a wonderful display of flowers during the summer months. 

 

Angela from StayPlanet

 

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