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The best way to spend a short break in Limerick
Experience the beauty of Limerick on the Ballyhoura Way.
Limerick’s rich cultural heritage can be seen in its medieval city streets, hills and valleys. This is a county with stories to tell, where the passion of its people has helped it constantly reinvent itself. Delve into the region’s past, go on an outdoor adventure or just enjoy a cold beer and some great tunes in a lively musical venue.

Read on for the best ways to spend your short stay in Limerick.

Experience Limerick City culture

Limerick’s medieval city has character and heritage in abundance but it’s also a cultural hotspot that has no shortage of attractions, tours and night spots to keep you amused over a short break. From night kayaking to castle tours, there really is something for every taste in Limerick.

The Hunt Museum 

Limerick’s famous Hunt Museum is the brainchild of John and Gertrude Hunt, who amassed an eclectic collection of antiquities from prehistoric Ireland and the ancient world and modern artwork by such luminaries as Pablo Picasso, Jack B Yeats and Henry Moore. The museum is a required stop in Limerick for anyone interested in history and culture. 

Woman admiring a painting of a young girl at The Hunt Museum in Limerick
Admire works of art at The Hunt Museum.

St Mary’s Cathedral

Dating back to the 12th Century, Saint Mary’s Cathedral was built on the grounds of a palace donated by Donal Mor O’Brien, the King of Munster. The West Door is said to have been part of that palace and the cathedral has evolved into a stunning architectural treasure over the years. The regular, free lunchtime and evening performances are worth checking out.

Row a pews in front of an alter inside Saint Mary's Cathedral, Limerick
Visit Saint Mary's Cathedral.

King John’s Castle 

A 13th century fortress in the heart of medieval Limerick, King John’s Castle is one of the best preserved Norman castles in Europe and a fantastic visitor experience. Its high-tech interactive exhibitions, CGI animations and spooky projections take you on an immersive journey into history and it deserves a spot on any short break itinerary.

Blue sky and river view with a backdrop of King John's Castle, Limerick
Discover King John's Castle in the heart of Limerick.

The Milk Market

Ireland’s oldest weekly market, The Milk Market which has been thriving for 150 years, is an amazing collection of colours, smells, sights and tastes. Browse incredible artisan food, sample delicious treats and take home a few Limerick specialities to remember your trip. 

On three days per week, you can pick up some vintage threads at the Friday Flea, enjoy some delicious treats at the Saturday Food Market, or stumble across some unexpected gems at Sunday’s Variety Market.

Treaty City Brewery

Fans of craft beer should make time to visit Treaty City Brewery on Limerick’s Nicholas Street to sample their locally-produced beers. You can also check out the great collection of Limerick artefacts and soak up the atmosphere in this artisan micro-brewery. 


After a day of exploring and sightseeing, iconic Limerick pub, restaurant and venue, Dolans on Dock Road is a good choice for a night out. Gigs feature everyone from local acts to major names, so make sure to check the listings ahead of your visit. 

University Concert Hall

Another great place to catch some music, drama or comedy in Limerick is the University Concert Hall. This 1000-seater venue has hosted everyone from Johnny Cash to Van Morrison and Billy Connolly, over the years.

Tours of Limerick City

Kayak tour of Limerick… 

See Limerick from the water with a kayaking tour down the Shannon that takes in some familiar landmarks, from an unfamiliar perspective. You’ll enjoy a relaxed trip down the river, get up close with wildlife and find out more about the place with some local history lessons.

Tours are available from Limerick Adventures or you can make the most of your time with a guided night kayaking tour by Nevsail Watersports.

Group of people holding paddles over their heads while kayaking on the River Shannon in Leitrim.
Kayak down the River Shannon.

Explore Limerick by bike

If you prefer dry land and two wheels, why not rent a bike to cover as much of this beautiful city as you can. Subscribe to the Bike Share and you can pick up bikes from any of the stations dotted around the city. It’s free for the first 30 minutes of each hire. If you’re looking for a more structured option, Limerick Cycling Tours takes you on a guided 1.5-hour tour of Limerick’s major attractions.

Explore Limerick County

After your visit to Limerick City leave the bright lights behind and get out into the country to explore the haunting beauty of the Munster Vales and experience one of Ireland’s most charming villages.

Trek in Ballyhoura Mountains

Get out into the Ballyhoura Mountains to take in some fresh country air and breathtaking views in this walker’s paradise. If you’re up for a challenge, walk along the Ballyhoura Way, a 90km trail that features wooded paths, rich bogland, river bank walks and rugged mountain passes.

If you’re after something a bit more high-octane, test yourself with some off-road mountain biking on the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails, the largest mountain bike trail network of its kind in Ireland, with five loop trails to suit every age and ability.

Two women taking a selfie with mountain bikes in Ballyhoura.
Explore Ballyhoura Mountains by bike.

Take a Hawk Walk

Just a half an hour’s drive from Ballyhoura Mountains, visit Animal Magic in Kilmallock where you can do a hawk walk or try your hand at falconry. It’s a rare chance to handle trained owls, hawks and falcons and to spend some time with these magnificent birds.

Visit Adare 

Hailed as ‘Ireland’s prettiest village’, the quaint heritage town of Adare is a postcard perfect mix of cute thatched craftsman cottages and ancient ruins. To find out more about the place or pick up some local craftwork, call into the Adare Heritage Centre. Tuck into a locally-sourced lunch or dinner at Timmy Mac's Bistro in Fitzgerald's Woodland House Hotel.

Green grass outside a thatched cottage in Adare, Co. Limerick
See Ireland’s prettiest village.

If you have time in Limerick...

Catch a match at Thomond Park 

The home of Munster rugby and the legendary ‘Munster roar’, Thomond Park has been the scene of some incredible performances over the years. If you get a chance to catch a live match, you’ll soon understand why rugby is a religion around these parts.

You can also take a tour of the stadium to explore all the parts that are normally off limits and go to the museum, a celebration of Munster rugby’s history, culture and iconic moments like the win over the All Blacks in 1978.

River view with a backdrop of Limerick City and Thomond Park at a distance
Take a tour of Thomond Park.

During your short visit you can pack it all in or take your time to pick and choose from the endless things to explore in lovely Limerick. Head over to our Limerick destination page and learn more about the fascinating historical treasures and cultural experiences to enjoy in this unique county.

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