To do in a day
You can see a lot of the sights of Limerick in a day. King Johns Castle is nice to see and from there go across to the other side of the river and walk along the river bank but be sure to stop off at the Curragower pub for a pint or some lovely seafood. Go over the next bridge into town and browse around the shops, including Brown Thomas (the Harvey Nicholls / Macys of Ireland) and pop into the Augustinian church which is worth a visit. Visit the hunt museum and have a pick-me-up in the Locke pub across the road from it. If you have a car, drive out to the university and take a walk by the river. If you have more time, take the half hour drive from there to Killaloe (off the Dublin road) and rent a fishing boat or yacht and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Look out for Brendan Grace in his own named pub or in Goosers! The craic in Nancy Blakes, Dolans or the Locke. The steaks in Rogue Traders restaurant (above the Bank bar) are top notch.
visit the Hunt Museum. I don't...
visit the Hunt Museum. I don't have a picture of it - the outside doesn't particularly photograph well. But the museum itself has a wonderful collection of Bronze Age, Celtic, and medieval artifacts.
We had an afternoon at Limerick Racecourse (April 08) and loved it.
The place was quieter than I expected, maybe because the meeting clashed with the Grand National at Aintree, or maybe because it was a very "early season" flat fixture.
The racing was good tho'. My buddy picked 2 winners from 6 on her first time at the races, and won €110! My efforts were pretty dismal, probably due to spending my time keeping her right! Thats my excuse, anyway.
Its a very new facility, and well worth a visit. Flat and jumps.
It was my first visit to an Irish course - very much the same as UK - fun!
We had a package including lunch - well worth it. 1 - Throwaway cash for bets (€2 minimum on the tote - more with the bookies).
2 - Warm clothing if you go in April!
3 - Satnav to find the place (very easy from Dublin, hellish if coming from Galway)
The Milk Market
Every Saturday morning from 9:00 to about 2:00pm farmers and other merchants gather around for the market. Although there are better markets, this is still not a place you should miss. Here you can get fresh vegetables (with the dirt still on them), homemade bread and jams, cheese, flowers, and butter. The prices are extremely reasonable, so it might be a great idea to shop here for a picnic lunch.
I go shopping here almost every Saturday, and it's always a nice break from daily life.
To Get There:
Take O'Connell Street up (northward) until it becomes Patrick St. and turn right on to Ellen St, you'll be there.
Lough Gur is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. The visitor centre tells the story of Pre-Celtic Ireland dating back to 3000 BC. The interpretation includes a slide show, imaginative exhibition models and interpretative panels.
Highlights of a visit include:
Remains of a small farmstead which was built on this natural platform about 900 AD.
Replicas of Stone Age Pottery and other artefacts depicting the life-styles of the first inhabitants of the area.
Replica of the Bronze Age Lough Gur Shield now on exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland.
Replicas of the Chalice and Paten of the Countess of Bath.
Historical information on the geology, botany and social history of Lough Gur.
With its lake sheltered by limestone hills, this tranquil place of pre-historic mystery and story is notable for the variety of bird life as well as for the wealth of antiquities. The story of the Pre-Celtic settlers stretches back over 5,000 years and continues to the present day in the people who still farm and dwell in the valley. It is an archaeological site of outstanding significance. The visitor centre was built in 1980 and uses two of the excavated Stone Age houses as its floor plan: House sites A, rectangular, and house site C, circular. Its roofs are thatched and wattle hurdle fences surround the building.
The centre houses a number of display cases telling the story of the manufacture and use of flint and bronze material and their eventual deposition in the area as well as their recovery - whether as a result of scientific excavation or random finds.
May - September- 10:30 - 18:00
Last Admission - 17:30
Take the N20 route from Limerick City heading towards Cork. Take a left at the Village of Croom and travel onto Bruff. Follow the directional signs to Lough Gur Heritage Centre.
Distance in kilometres from:
Shannon Airport 45 | Limerick City 21