From medieval castles to cosy local pubs, Limerick excels at both historical grandeur and down-to-earth sociability. City breaks in Limerick offer access to some of Ireland’s best galleries, museums and shops.
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If you’re looking to discover Ireland’s dramatic history, Limerick is a fantastic place to visit. The city is where you’ll find some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, including King John’s Castle, set beside the River Shannon on King’s Island. Originally the site of a Viking stronghold, King John of England had this impressive castle built at the turn of the 13th century. Magnificent to behold and fascinating to explore inside, the castle features a museum full of interesting objects that illustrate the history of the building. Another key landmark to see during your stay is St Mary's Cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, when Donal Mór O’Brien, King of Munster, built it. If you’re interested in the wider history of the area, the Hunt Museum is an excellent place to spend a few hours. Here you’ll find an outstanding collection of Bronze Age, Iron Age and Medieval artefacts including pieces by Leonardo di Vinci. For more on the history of the city, Limerick City Museum, beside the castle is definitely worth popping into.
Limerick is one of the best places in Ireland to go shopping, and you’ll find everything here from big name shops to smaller designer boutiques. If you’re in the market for clothing by some of the best high street brands, Arthur’s Quay shopping centre is a good place to spend a few hours. The vibrant Limerick Milk Market boasts a bustling selection of stalls selling fresh local produce and artisan snacks. In the city centre you also have a number of high streets, including Cruises Street and O'Connell Street, where you’ll find department shops such as Debenhams, and fashion outlets such as River Island and Oasis. For eclectic vintage clothing and crafts, the Lucky Lane market is a lot of fun to wander around.
After you’ve spent the day shopping or exploring Limerick’s impressive historical landmarks, there’s no nicer way to relax than by lounging in one of the city’s beautiful gardens and parks. The People’s Park has an excellent play area for kids, and Arthur's Quay Park is an ideal location for a romantic afternoon stroll. Boyce Gardens and Ballynacourty Gardens are likewise pleasant places to spend some time before heading to one of Limerick’s famed pubs. In the centre of the city you’ll find both family friendly pubs and adults-only watering holes, from the sawdust-covered floor of Nancy Blake's close to the Milk Market, to the sport-obsessed Peter Clohessy’s Bar on the riverfront.