COUNTY LIMERICK REGION GUIDE
Surrounded by lush greenery and endless rolling hills, County Limerick offers visitors an unspoiled glimpse into the idyllic mid-west countryside of Ireland. With a lively café culture, rich heritage and a fantastic food scene, the city of Limerick is the region's most populous and is an essential visit. As well as boasting plenty of medieval pubs to check out and an ever expanding arts and music scene, it makes for a great base from which to see the wonders of the area.
Beyond the city, you'll discover ancient castles and peaceful nature reserves, while the mountainous Ballyhoura region boasts some of the best biking trails in Europe. There are countless things to do in County Limerick, so start exploring this fascinating region today.
DISCOVER LIMERICK CITY
The third largest city in Ireland, Limerick is a true gem of the Munster province. Bisected by the River Shannon, and with architecture ranging from Georgian townhouses to medieval ruins, this city has something for everyone. Start your travels by visiting the city's best loved buildings, with St John's Cathedral — which features the tallest spire in the country — a great starting point. The historic heart of the city can be found on King's Island, which hosts both King John's Castle and St Mary's Cathedral and offers some great views in all directions.
If you're feeling a bit peckish, the old Milk Market is full of artisan food stalls and has been serving up fresh local food since 1852, while there are some incredible museums for the culture vultures too. The Limerick City Gallery of Art showcases Irish artists from the 18th century onwards, while there is an extensive collection of art and antiques at the Hunt Museum. To wind down, take a walk around the gorgeous People's Park or chat with locals in the White House, the city's oldest pub.
TRAVEL IRELAND'S COUNTRYSIDE
There are stunning natural landscapes to discover all over County Limerick, as the peaceful countryside villages and towns all have a rural charm that you can't find in the larger cities. Revelling in the lack of crowds, you can spend your time following the trail through the Clare Glens, a vast magical area of secret waterfalls and sandstone gorges located on the boundary of Co Tipperary and Co Limerick. For outdoor activity enthusiasts, the Ballyhoura region is one of Ireland's best kept secrets. A heaven for walkers, water sport enthusiasts and cyclists alike, you can wander Ballyhoura's 98-km trail network through forest roads and across the base of Seefin Mountain. Museum or embrace your inner artist at the Ferens Art Gallery, one of the finest in the country.
For archaeological marvels, visit Lough Gur, a prehistoric site that has been occupied for over 6,000 years. The Grange Stone Circle close to the Lough Gur lake is the largest of its kind in the country, and the guided tours offer a chance to find out more about this enchanted area.
SIGHTS AROUND COUNTY LIMERICK
From Foynes Flying Boat Museum to the Benedictine Glenstal Abbey, there are endless things to do in County Limerick. One of the most popular stops is Adare, which has widely been hailed as Ireland's prettiest village. With its picturesque thatched-roof cottages, lakeside fortress, homely pubs and rich heritage, this tranquil village will certainly leave a lasting impression.
For more of Ireland's best known attractions, visit the famed Bunratty Castle or make your way to the iconic Thomund Park Stadium, home of the famous Munster Rugby club.
Finally, for those seeking peace and quiet, charming villages like Abbeyfeale, Bruree and Glin offer the perfect respite from the busy cities.
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