Best of Limerick

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Limerick
Near the headwaters of the Shannon Estuary, Limerick has gone through a remarkable renaissance since the early 2000s. You’ll find a rejuvenated waterfront, a thriving food scene and an increasingly cosmopolitan air in this city of 95,000 (Ireland’s third largest). It’s easy to spend a full day exploring the historic attractions, browsing local markets and indulging in Limerick’s nightlife. Limerick is also a gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way, the 1553-mile (2500-km) route that follows Ireland’s west coast. 

The best way to understand Limerick is to take a tour that explores the city’s complicated past. You’ll learn about the long sieges over the centuries, visit one of Ireland’s most imposing fortresses and see the astonishingly well-preserved St Mary’s Cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century. Wandering through King’s Island - the oldest part of Limerick - you’ll see medieval monuments and some of the city’s most impressive architecture. Southwest of Limerick, you can see another impressive piece of Ireland’s piece at Desmond Castle. Built in the 13th century on the edge of the River Ara, the stone citadel showcased the might and wealth of the Fitzgeralds, one of Ireland’s most powerful families.
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Colors of Kinsale
Map of Family Adventure in Ireland - 7 Days
Family Adventure in Ireland - 7 Days

Take travelers of all ages around the Emerald Isle with this week-long itinerary. You'll spend 7 days experiencing the highlights of Ireland from the seaside town of Kinsale to the Killarney Lakes, then up to Limerick to live like a lord of the manor and over the Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands off the coast of County Clare.

Killarney harbor
Map of Family Adventure in Ireland - 10 Days
Family Adventure in Ireland - 10 Days

Take a 10-day family-friendly tour through some of the highlights of Ireland with travelers of all ages on this itinerary. Start in Dublin before heading down the coast to County Cork, where you'll bike through a medieval city and hear the haunted and natural history of Killarney. Experience a classical manor in Limerick, followed by the landscapes of the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, and Aran Islands before you and the family return to Dublin for one more full day of urban exploring.

Outside Temple Bar, Dublin
Map of Highlights of Irish Cities - 7 Days
Highlights of Irish Cities - 7 Days

Experience the unique character of Irish cities on this self-drive tour around the county's urban centers. This weeklong trip takes you to the capital city of Dublin as well as colorful Cork, Limerick, and Galway. You'll dine in corner pubs, explore farmer's markets, tour medieval castles, and even escape to Blarney Castle—a short side trip from Cork—to kiss the famous Blarney Stone.

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
Map of Southwest Ireland Road Trip: Cliffs of Moher, Dingle, Ring of Kerry, Dublin - 9 Days
Southwest Ireland Road Trip: Cliffs of Moher, Dingle, Ring of Kerry, Dublin - 9 Days

See the best of southwestern Ireland and Dublin on this self-driving tour through some of the Emerald Isle's best-loved counties. You'll discover Ireland's history in Adare and at Bunratty Castle, explore the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, wander the streets of Dingle, and view County Kerry's sparkling lakes and iconic green meadows. Before exploring Dublin's Trinity College and Grafton Street shops, you'll visit Cobh to sample local foods at The English Market and hear the bells of Shandon Steeple.

Other popular travel destinations in Ireland
Dublin · County Kerry · Killarney · Killarney National Park · Galway · Dingle Peninsula · Dingle Town · Kenmare · Northern Ireland · Doolin · Cork · Belfast · Donegal · Westport · Letterkenny · Tralee · County Cork · Kinsale · Ballycastle · Laragh · Aran Islands · Sligo · Birr · Waterford · Clifden, Co Galway · Kilkenny · Portmagee · Donegal town