HISTORICAL TREASURES IN VIBRANT LIMERICK
Explore the bustling city of Limerick with its rich medieval past! Set in 20 acres of landscaped gardens, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa is just 3 km from Limerick city centre with its stunning location on the River Shannon, excellent shopping, majestic Georgian avenues and 800-year-old King John’s Castle. To round off the perfect trip, travel back in time at nearby Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.
The story of Limerick
Limerick is Ireland’s fourth largest city and has a scenic location on the River Shannon just as the estuary escapes into the Atlantic Ocean. In 2014 it became Ireland’s first National City of Culture drawing visitors from across the country to experience its many museums, fun festivals, exciting greyhound track, medieval architecture and contemporary shops, bars and restaurants. Limerick has emerged as a centre of technology and science – a sort of Silicon Valley for the Emerald Isle, and it has a vibrant young population boosting the economy and adding to the city’s cool vibe.
Much of the action in Limerick is focused around the river – Limerick City Museum is at Merchants Quay and Dock Road is a good place to catch some comedy at the Dolan’s Warehouse; this is the home of Jimmy Carr’s parents and he makes regular trips to the city. For great views of the city take a river boat tour or head to the top of the Riverpoint building on Steamboat Quay. Steamboat Quay is the place to hang out and have a drink or try one of the city’s many restaurants – from Chinese to Caribbean, African to Russian.
If you like culture then Limerick has it in abundance. An absolute must is the Hunt Museum, housed in the old Custom House. It has a varied collection of around 2,000 original works of art including pieces by Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci. For the heart of Limerick explore the medieval centre with the grand 800-year-old King John’s Castle and St Mary’s Cathedral. The Georgian Quarter in the Newton Pery part of town is where you’ll see Limerick’s famous Georgian terrace and in this neighbourhood you’ll also find Limerick City Art Gallery on Pery Square, which has a wealth of Irish art. If you want to take a moment to sit down while you’re in this part of town, head to the green oasis of People’s Park.
The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa is just outside of the city centre and the hotel’s 20 acres of parkland is the perfect place to relax after a day exploring the lively Limerick streets. From here Donegal’s countryside is at your feet and you can spend days fishing and hiking or playing golf. An easy day trip from the hotel is to the medieval village of Adare – complete with thatched cottages and pretty little churches.
Limerick is all about exploring history and the Great Outdoors so we’ve picked seven activities for you to do during your stay.
- The Riverpoint Building on Steamboat Quay towers over the water and if you want to start your day on a high it is a good place to head for views of Limerick. Steamboat Quay is also a great place to relax with a drink or a bite to eat.
- Limerick City Museum at Merchants Quay will give you a good idea of the history of the city, while the Hunt Museum has work from Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci among its huge and respected art collection.
- An activity for the adrenalin junkies – Limerick Racecourse has seen 200 years of racing and it’s a wonderful place to spend an afternoon cheering with the locals as horses pound the course.
- Take a boat trip and enjoy a tour of the River Shannon with facts and stories about Limerick, or if you’re looking for an activity with a bit of speed there’s the RIB tour which will whizz you to different historical sites like Scattery Island and Beeves Rock Lighthouse. Hold on tight!
- King John’s Castle has been watching over the city for 800 years and it’s an impressive part of Limerick’s history. Have a look around and pop into St Mary’s Cathedral while you’re there.
- Discover Limerick's fascinating cultural past with a trip to Bunratty Castle – one of Ireland's most authentic medieval fortresses. Be sure to explore the Bunratty Folk Park open-air museum too.
- Limerick is home to Frank McCourt who wrote about his childhood in the book Angela’s Ashes. The book was wildly successful and there’s a popular museum dedicated to Frank and his story.
- For some fun action in the evening make your way down to Dock Road where you can catch some comedy at the Dolan’s Warehouse.