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King John’s Castle

is a 13th-century castle located on King’s Island in Limerick, Ireland, next to the River Shannon. Although the site dates back to 922 when the Vikings lived on the Island, the castle itself was built on the orders of King John in 1200. One of the best-preserved Norman castles in Europe, the walls, towers and fortifications remain today and are visitor attractions a truly magnificent sight.

Important Information

Opening hours: 9.30am to 5.00pm

Prices: Adult €8.00 / Child: 0-5yrs Free / 5-16yrs: €4.50 / Senior: €6.65

Reservations not necessary and you can book online

Pay Car Park

Distance to Dublin Airport: 2h23 – 206 km

Distance to Shannon Airport: 25 min – 25 km

Travel by bus: Take bus Eireann

Departure: Dublin Airport – Arrival: Limerick Adult: €13,30 / Student: €12,35 / Child: €7,60

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Katie Daly’s Heritage Pub and Kitchen, 12 Castle Street the Parade, Limerick
  • Jack Mondays Coffee House, Thomond Bridge House, Thomondgate, Limerick
  • The Locke Bar, 3 George’s Quay, Limerick

Kilmallock medieval tours

Co.Limerick is set in the very heart of the Munster vales, in the lush green landscape of Ballyhoura. It is considered to be Ireland’s best preserved medieval town. Once the capital of the powerful Earldom of Desmond, as the Earls expanded their power over two centuries to dominate Munster, it rose to become one of the most strategically important and wealthy towns in Ireland.

Important Information

Car park and Public toilets available.

Opening hours Monday-Thursday 11am to 5pm / Thursday-Sunday 9am to 6pm

Closed for lunch 12.00-12.30 and closed Christmas day, St Stephens day, New Year day

Prices: Adult €10 / Children (under 12yrs) Free / Senior €5 / Student €5

Guided tours, Medieval town, monuments, stories, walking.

Distance from Dublin Airport: 2h40 – 242 km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 47 min – 63 km

Travel by bus: Take bus Eireann Route 329

Departure: Limerick Bus station – Arrival: Kilmallock

Adult €11.40 / Student €9.02 / Child €6.65

Restaurants around 5 kilometers

Lough Gur

is a splendid lake in County Limerick between the towns of Herbertstown and Bruff. The lake forms a horseshoe shape at the base of Knockadoon Hill and some rugged elevated countryside. It is also one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. In the North of the lake is a visitor Center, with a small museum, it is also an opportunity to do some water sports on site. Be careful, the area is quite busy, especially on Sundays.

Important Information

Opening times: March 1st to October 30th – Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and 12pm to 6pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays
October 31st to February 28th – Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and 12pm to 4pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays

Tickets to the exhibition: Child €3, Adult €5, Family €15, Senior and Student €4
There is no fee to walk the grounds outside of the Heritage Centre.

Car Park: Free car parking available by the lake front

The heritage centre is fully wheelchair accessible.

Distance to Dublin Airport: 2h30 – 219 km
Distance to Shannon Airport: 50 min – 45 km

Travel by bus: Take the route 329 Bus Eireann

Departure: Limerick Bus Station – Arrival: The stop Grange
The price is €24,70.

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • The Bakehouse Restaurant
  • Clancys Bar & Restaurant
  •  Glynns Traditional Fish & Chips

Foynes Flying Boat Museum

Discover the era of transatlantic passenger flights, the invention of Irish Coffee, and the maritime history of the majestic River Shannon. Explore Foynes’ role in early passenger flights across the Atlantic Ocean and the legendary flying boats that came and went went carrying celebrities, royalty, rich and famous and desperate refugees alike.

Important Information

Open 7 days a week Mid-March to Mid-November
March 21st to Mid-November (9.30am-5:00pm)
June to September (9.30am-6:00pm)

Adults: €11.00 / Seniors-Students: €9.00 / Children under 14: €6.00 / Children under 5: FREE / Family Ticket: €28.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children)
SPECIAL OFFER: Enjoy a Glass of Irish Coffee for €6 or at a discounted rate of €5 when you purchase Your Admission Ticket Online.

Distance to Dublin Airport: 2h43 – 244km

Distance to Shannon Airport: 49 min – 57.4 km

Restaurants around 5 kilometers

  • Shannon House, Foynes – 0,1 miles from Foynes Flying Boat Museum
  • Hanlon’s Restaurant, Main Street Foynes Inn – 0,2 miles from Foynes Flying Boat Museum
  • The Old Stand Bar & Restaurant, Main Street – 4,2 km from Foynes Flying Boat Museum

City Museum

The Limerick City Museum, now renamed “Jim Kemmy Municipal Museum” is a museum of the city of Limerick, dedicated to the history of the city and its region.

Located in the historic districts of Limerick, on King’s Island, the museum offers playful exhibitions as well as an impressive collection of archaeological remains!

The museum has taken its place in an old building on King’s Island, easily recognizable by its Georgian style white façade. The collection presented by the museum covers a wide period of the history of the county of Limerick, and includes many relics of the Bronze Age, everyday objects from the Middle Ages, lace made in Limerick, but also many agricultural tools dating from the Irish peasantry.

Important Information:

Free Place

Address: The Old Franciscan Friary, Henry Street, Limerick

Opening Hours: Weekdays 10am-5pm (closed for lunch 1pm-2pm)

Distance from Dublin Airport: 2h32 – 208 km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 25 min – 26 km

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Hook & Ladder, 7 Sarsfield Street, Limerick
  • The Buttery, 10 Bedford Row, Limerick

St Mary’s Cathedral

St Mary’s Cathedral is Limerick’s main religious building. Built in honour of the Virgin Mary, it was built in 1168 on the wishes of the last King of Munster, King Donal Mor O’Brien. It is now considered to be the oldest building in the whole city, and each week welcomes hundreds of faithful who come to celebrate religious events.

Important Information:

Prices: Adult: €5 / Student: €3.50

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 09.00 to 17.00h (last admission 16.30h)

Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00h (last admission 15.30h)

Sunday: 13.30 to 16.00h (last admission 15.30h)

Distance from Dublin Airport: 2h27 – 206 km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 28 min – 25,7 km

Travel by bus: Take Bus Eireann Route X12

Departure: Dublin Airport – Arrival: Limerick Bus Station

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Nelly’s Corner, 46 Nicholas Street, Limerick
  • The Locke Bar, 3 George’s Quay, Limerick

Franck Mccourt Museum

For lovers of Irish literature, the Frank McCourt Museum is a must-see museum! Based in Limerick in the city centre, this museum is entirely dedicated to the writer Frank McCourt, who lived in Limerick during his childhood… An ideal place to better understand the difficult experience of the author!

Important Information:

Opening Hours: Mon – Friday: 11 am to 4.30 pm

Saturday:  2pm – 4 pm

Prices: Entry fee: €4

Student/ senior citizen: €3

Groups over ten get a 10% discount.

Distance from Dublin Airport: 2h27 – 206 km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 28 min – 25,7 km

Travel by bus: Take Bus Eireann Route X12

Departure: Dublin Airport – Arrival: Limerick Bus Station

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Caffe Waffe, Lower Mallow Street, Limerick
  • Piccola Italia, 55 O’Connell Street, Limerick
  • Petit Paris Café, 21 henry Street, Limerick

The Hunt Museum

The Hunt Museum preserves and exhibits the original artefacts gathered, over a life time, by John and Gertrude Hunt and known as the Hunt Collection. The Museum also displays its own collections, as well as visiting exhibitions of Local, National and International significance with the overall aim of maximising their cultural and educational potential for the people of Limerick and Ireland.

Important Information:

Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sundays 2pm – 5pm
Bank Holidays 2pm – 5pm

Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day,

New Year’s Day, Good Friday.


Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • The Hunt café – The customers house Rutland Street
  • Mexican Food Dudes – 3 Rutland Street
  • The Locke – 3 George’s Quay, 0.1km from the Hunt Museum
  • AZUR – 8 George’s Quay, 0.1km from the Hunt Museum

Distance from Dublin Airport: 2h21 – 205km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 25min – 26.5km

Kayaking in Limerick – Get West

Kayaking in Limerick has grown in popularity in recent years with more and more people realising that kayaking is for everyone. At Get West Limerick kayaking is accessible to all by providing a variety of options to suit all budgets, ages and fitness levels.

Important information:

There are different options: Limerick City Kayak Tours, Learn to Kayak Courses, Country to City Kayak Trip, Night Kayaking Limerick, Kayak Camps and Whitewater Kayaking.

Example for City Kayak Tours: Tours will take approx. 2 hours. Suitable for all ages 8 and upwards (8 to 12 in a double kayak with an adult). All tours are subject to a minimum of 2 people per trip and are weather dependent. Price Adult €45 Children (6-12 years old) 20€.

Distance from Dublin Airport: 2h27 – 214km

Distance from Shannon Airport: 23min – 25.9km

Restaurants around 5 kilometers:

  • Hook & Ladder – 7 Sarsfield Street Limerick, 0.2km from Get West
  • Hamptons Bar&Grill Steakhouse – Henry Street, 0.2km from Get West
  • The Buttery – 10 Bedford Row, 0.2 km from Get West
  • Mogul Emperor – 1 Henry Street, 0.2 km from Get West
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