Limerick Travel Guide

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Limerick Highlights

  • Pro
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    matjung says…

     Nice Location, Railway and Bus Station, Shopping, Cheaper than Dublin 

  • Con
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    orlikins says…

     Certain suburbs have given it the reputation as "the murder capital of Ireland" 

  • In a nutshell
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    ciaus says…

     Come & stay a while & make your own Judgements & enjoy the craic. 

Limerick Things to Do

  • King John's Castle

    Entry is through the Visitors Centre. First you walk though a static display explaining about the castle's history, then a slide show and up to the second floor to hear a story and see some wooden carved figures (with cracks in them). Then onto a 5 min film where actors are placed in front of drawings and act out certain parts of the war against...

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  • St Mary's Cathedral

    Before entering to St.Marys cathedral I took a look around its graveyard. It was kind of experience to me as I'm coming from Estonia and we have much more different graveyards in there. In this graveyard, there were short descriptions of buried people on the gravemonument which gives you glimps back in time and understanding how much they were...

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  • Bunratty Castle

    The good - easy to see Irish dancing and singing without having to go to a pub and wait until 11pm. Ample parking. Extremely talented singer and dancers and musicians. Good view from all tables, as there are two tiers of seating. The bad - 39 Euro per adult. Entertainment may have been great but the food was not. Limp salad on bread and butter...

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Limerick Restaurants

  • Texas Steakhouse

    Naturally being the carnivore that I am :-) I think the Steak is great however the Tex-Mex food sereved in this restauraunt is excellent, the staff ae friendly and the decor not unplesent, the location is good if your having a meal before going out on the town and it's not that expensive. The Chicken Fijhitas are excellent.

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  • Dolen's

    Dolen's is not only a traditional Irish restaurant it is also venue for traditional music, which is performed most nights after 9 pm. It is a great ambiance for both locals and tourists. Dolen's also has a large room for concerts, which feature both traditional and contemporary groups. Split pea soup

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  • Pier One

    Pier 1 is part of the Sarsfield Bridge Inn Hotel in the very centre of Limerick, overlooking the River Shannon. It's got a very fresh and light woody interior. We had a lovely, friendly and CUTE waiter ;-) ...always a bonus... I had pork medallions with cranberry stuffing, served with fresh local veg. Naturally, I had to have dessert,...

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Limerick Nightlife

  • Various Pubs

    Nightlife in Limerick is fairly limited. Pubs I would recommend are: The Cornmarket Old Quarter Charlie Chaplins Mc Daids Smyths Molly Malones The Sibin Smart Casual. Make an effort on Saturday nights.

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  • Dolen's

    It's a very typical, no frills pub but I've never had a bad time. I come to Ireland 6-8 times a year and always stop at this pub when I'm in town, I refuse to spend my evening elsewhere =) The food won't blow your mind, but it's damn good and hits the spot. Prices, to my remembrance, are good...but this is coming from a New Yorker so I may not be...

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  • High Stool

    High Stool is a pretty cool pub on Catherine St. Two stories, with a more traditional pub upstairs, albeit with cushy benches/couches along the walls (though the cushion I was sitting on kept falling off all the time). Downstairs is where the stage is, as well as a seating area and a small dance floor. They get small bands from all over playing...

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Limerick Transportation

  • Bus Service

    Limerick is home to a unique bus service called Concert Travel - it goes straight to big concerts and festivals. It is very handy and much cheaper than trains or staying overnight. I went to Electric Picnic with them in September - it fast fast, comfortable, no one drinking on the bus or anything and the staff were great. Highly recommended.

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  • Train Station

    Don't be fooled by the picture - from the 'west on track' pressure group. 2010 saw the reopening of the train line between Limerick and Galway. This is great if you are exploring the west coast of Ireland, and eventually you should be able to get all the way up to Sligo by train. There are about 4 to 5 railcars a day that make the two hour trip...

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  • Shannon Airport

    Shannon airport is Limerick's local airport, direct flights to Europe are available but fewer destinations than in the past as Ryanair have had a long running battle with the airport authority over landing fees here. Air lingus pulled out for a time and now only operate to a couple of places. Jan '11 lists only 15 destinations for scheduled...

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Limerick Shopping

  • Shopping / Streets / Areas

    Cruises Street is probably the best place in Limerick City Centre for shopping. It has all the usual high street stores such as HMV, Next, River Island, Boots, Thorntons, The Body Shop, DP, Claires Accessories, Barretts, Champion Sports, Footlocker and Superdrug, New Look and Wallis.

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  • A traditional sweet shop

    A new opening on O'connell street (2010) is a new sweet shop fitted out on traditional lines. Walls are lined with those old fashioned large jars (plastic unfortunately) containing their sugary treats. Vast range of pre-packed sweets as well, the vast majority of which being ones that you wont find in a average supermarket. Nice place to be as long...

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  • Shopping in the City Centre

    Cruises Street is probably the best place in Limerick City Centre for shopping. It has all the usual high street stores such as HMV, Next, River Island, Boots, Thorntons, The Body Shop, DP, Claires Accessories, Barretts, Champion Sports, Footlocker and Superdrug, New Look and Wallis.

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Limerick Local Customs

  • Smirting & The Smoking Ban

    Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got chatting to fellow smokers outside on the street, eyes meeting across a cloud of blue nicotine... ;) So you may just meet a local hottie in this way!!REMEMBER - Since March 2004, you CANNOT smoke...

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  • Saturday afternoon 5pm.

    The main tourist areas O'Connel Street and King's Island start to close down.After 6pm rien ne va plus.In the pub you usally have the choice between Guiness and Beamish (No Murph, No Bulmers).Don't wait at a red pedestrian crossing. The locals don't do it.

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  • Packet & Tripe (Still eaten today)

    Jim Kemmy, a local historan and scholar, wrote about packet and tripe:" Packet and tripe, washed down with strong sweet tea has been found to be easily digestable and rests gently on the stomach, especially one ravaged by an excess of alcohol. For this reason the dish is very much in demand after a weekend "feed of porter" has rendered the stomach...

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Limerick Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings

    In Limerick as in any other city/town in the world you just do not travel into some area's which are considered doddgy. I could list these for limerick but you will e told of them if you ask locally and it would be unfair of me to mention them here as there are good people living in those area's of limerick who unfortunately get tarnished with the...

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  • Welcome to stab city

    Ireland is often rated by organisations such as the WHO as one, if not the the No1,safest places to live in Europe.In contrast to this Limerick has occasionaly topped the european league for murders. This is the only league that Ireland can do well in apart from indebtedness to the IMF or corrupt politians, but I digress.It seemed to do this in...

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  • Directions from locals!

    We were trying to find our way from the Galway road to the racecourse. I thought it would be signposted, but no!First guy we asked (in a filling station) was not local! Typical...His boss could not have been more helpful, and drew us a detailed plan. However, we must have misunderstood something and had to ask again.Our 3rd local (middle aged lady...

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Limerick Tourist Traps

  • Bunratty Village and Folk Park

    While I agree that Bunratty Castle and Folk Park may be a tourist trap, it is incorrect to list this as a 'Limerick' tourist trap as some other reviewers have placed it. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, is located in County Clare. Bunratty Castle itself is a fine example of a restored 15th century castle, and the folk park is extensive. I live in...

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  • Red Viking tours

    Well, I guess it's a tourist trap, but a funny one. We went on the one hour Red Viking Tour of Limerick. Obviously there's not that much in Limerick as the driver, giving live commentary, seemed stuck for things to say. He showed us the local Technical college, told us when high tide and low tide was for that day. He repeated himself several times,...

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  • The Milkmarket, Limerick

    The brochures available in the hotels and the Information office make the markets look a lot bigger and a lot more varied than they are. We went on a Friday morning at midday (they open at 11am) and there were only around 12 stalls. It is undercover and there are some shops open on the edge of the courtyard, but all up it was very...

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Limerick What to Pack

  • Rain Gear

    Most everyone when they think of Ireland they think of rain, rain and more rain but it's not always like that. If you are coming during the summer it is best to bring a mixture of clothing. This year we had very good weather during the summer months with only a couple of rainy days. So it was shorts and t-shirts for most everyone. Just to be on...

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  • A Coat and maybe an Umbrella

    As like most of Ireland the weather can change in a flash. May to August are generally the best times for sun but please be advise that this is when the kids have their holidays so things may be a little more busy than usual. Just make sure that you have a coat at hand should the weather change.

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  • Its not really like Angela' s Ashes!!!

    Most everyone when they think of Ireland they think of rain, rain and more rain but it's not always like that.If you are coming during the summer it is best to bring a mixture of clothing. This year we had very good weather during the summer months with only a couple of rainy days. So it was shorts and t-shirts for most everyone. Just to be on...

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Limerick Off The Beaten Path

  • Cratloe woods

    Cratloe Woods is located between Limerick City and Shannon. From the top of the hill in Cratloe you can see the whole of Limerick City. This is beautiful, especially as the street lights start to light throughout the city.

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  • Poulnabrone...

    Check out the Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren area, north of Limerick. This is a tomb from about 2500-2000 bc. Burren is a beautiful area between Limerick and Galway, not that far from the Cliffs of Moher.

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  • The Burren

    Discover the joy of taking an Irish guided walk along the Greenway of the Burren and the Cliffs. Burren Hill Walks is an excellent guide service. They can be called at 0654-77168 or 088-654810 to arrange a day's walking tour.Spending a day walking with someone who knows the area is a real joy and pleasure. They can tell you stories (the Irish are...

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Limerick Sports & Outdoors

  • Rugby

    Limerick is known as the spiritual home of Irish Rugby and if you are in Limerick between September and April you should visit Thomand Park and catch a Munster Rugby game. Munster which is the provincial team representing the counties of Limerick, Cork, Kerry, Clare, Waterford and Tipperary and this team is the current European Rugby champions...

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  • Swimming

    You can also check out the 50-m pool in the University of Limerick on the Dublin road. I tried it out recently and it is absolutely fantastic - was knackered by the end of the session though as I am not used to a 50m. I'll definitely go back though. ?6 for a session and you can stay as long as you like. Flip-flops, bathing suit (of course!)...

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  • Gaelic Games

    GAA sports are played in the stadium. Limerick County Gaelic Football and Hurling teams home stadium. The stadium has recently been refurbished increasing the capacity to 50,000. I would highly recommend that you try to attend a game of Hurling if you are lucky enough to get tickets. Hurling is one of the fastest games in the world. If i am not...

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Limerick Favorites

  • King John's Castle

    There is so many leyers in this city. Oldest part of the Limerick is around King John's Castle. I have'nt discovered everything yet. But this castle sure dominates the view of the city. Thomond Bridge is the earliest bridge in river Shannon. The current bridge was built in 1836, replacing the earlier bridge which was also alongside King John's...

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  • Limerick Treaty Stone

    Check out the Limerick Treaty Stone. It was in 1691 that the Limerick Treaty is said to have been signed when Limerick finally fell into English hands. This stone can be found near the castle if you cross the Thomond Bridge and immediately turn left onto Clancy's Strand. On your left you will see this large Limerick Treaty Stone perched on a...

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  • Leyerd city

    There is so many leyers in this city. Oldest part of the Limerick is around King John's Castle. I have'nt discovered everything yet. But this castle sure dominates the view of the city.Thomond Bridge is the earliest bridge in river Shannon. The current bridge was built in 1836, replacing the earlier bridge which was also alongside King John's...

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