Best Restaurant: The Sage Café (67-68 Catherine Street) is the best place for lunch right in the centre of Limerick.
Renowned as one of the best walking destinations in Ireland, Ballyhoura Country has some of the finest loop walks and mountain trails to be found. Whether you decide to ramble on the historical trails of the Canon Sheehan Walk or head for a more strenuous day out in the Ballyhoura or Galtee mountains, everything you need is here. Find out more here.
Looking for some fresh air and exercise? Cratloe Woods is a beautiful a forested area around the village of Cratloe in County Clare, Ireland. History of Cratloe Woods
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Limerick is the perfect location for Horse Riding. There are miles of sandy beaches, beautiful coastline and some of Irelands most spectacular unspoilt scenery. You can choose between beach trekking, to lessons, to a simple stroll through the Irish countryside. Read below to get a full list of Horse Riding centres in Limerick.
The Clonshire Equestrian Centre | Contact: (061) 396770
Hillcrest Riding Centre | Contact: (062) 37915
Lough Gur is a small horseshoe shaped lake south of Limerick city. It is one of Ireland's principal archaeological sites. The site was continuously occupied from the Neolithic period to late medieval times. There are dwellings dating back to 500 & 1000 AD. There is a wedge tomb dating back to 2500 BC. Also there is the Grange Stone Circle, the largest and most remarkable of its kind in Ireland. There's free access to the lake, shores and pleasant parkland, which is perfect for picnics. The visitors centre also offers an audiovisual presentation.
Location: Lough Gur, Limerick | Opening Times: Hours Visitor Centre mid-May to Sept daily 10am-6pm (last admission 5:30pm); site open year-round | Phone: Phone 061 361511
Aillwee Cave is so much more than just another cave. It is an introduction to the geology of the Burren. A fun day out packed full of exciting things to do. The Cave is open daily from 10.00 am throughout the year. December by appointment only.>
The Burren National Park is located in the southeastern corner of the Burren and is approximately 1500 hectares in size. The Park land was bought by the Government for nature conservation and public access. It contains examples of all the major habitats within the Burren: Limestone Pavement, Calcareous grassland, Hazel scrub, Ash/hazel woodland, Turloughs, Lakes, Petrifying springs, cliffs and Fen. The Burren region is internationally famous for its landscape and flora.
A visit to the Burren during the summer months will leave a person amazed by the colourful diversity of flowering plants living together within the one ecosystem. 75% of the plants found in Ireland are represented in the flora of the Burren. Some of the rarer plants are protected under European Legislation, more under the 1999 Flora Protection Order. The National Park hosts a wide range of mammals. Most of the mammal life of the park is nocturnal in habit but Hares, Foxes and Pigmy Shrews may be encountered during daytime.
Imecofarm is Irelands first Renewable Energy Farm. There are plenty of animals to see including donkeys, pigs, hens, rabbits, lambs, birds and calves. It also has huge indoor play areas for children along with a farm shop and a café.
Bunratty Folk Park, recreates rural and urban life in 19th century Victorian Ireland. There is an extensive array of vernacular buildings; indicative of all of the social strata from the poorest one roomed dwelling to Bunratty House, a fine example of a Georgian residence for the gentry. Traditional jobs and crafts are also represented, milling, the forge, pottery, printing, baking, farming etc. Open year round, located 13 miles from Limerick city
The majestic Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most spectacular sights and overlook the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of West Clare. Located just north of Lahinch they are 8km long and 214m high, The Cliffs claim one of the most astonishing views in Ireland, on a clear day the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara.
Visit all of the three Aran Islands and view the spectacular Cliffs of Moher on the way. These Islands are extremely picturesque and the inhabitants retain the old Irish way of life. There are numerous archaeological and historical sites to be visited on the islands. Mini bus and pony and trap tours available. Bicycles for hire. There are restaurants and pubs on all the islands, most with traditional music sessions. Sunset cruises also available. Aran Islands and Cliffs Cruise depart at 09.00hrs. Sunset Cliffs Cruise depart 20.00hrs. Opening Times: May to September | www.ocallaghanangling.com | Tel: 353 65 6821374
King John's Castle is a 13th century Castle in the heart of medieval Limerick City. The Castle overlooks the majestic river Shannon. Discover history at its best, magnificent views and life in Norman times. Explore 800 years of history brought to life in the imaginative historical exhibition, excavated pre-Norman houses, fortifications, siege mines, and the battlement walks.
The Hunt Museum is housed in the tastefully restored Old Custom House. This is the finest 18th-century building in Limerick. The facade is a reduced copy of the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Housed in the museum are some of the finest ancient, medieval and modern treasures found in Ireland. They include antiquities and art objects from Europe and Ireland. Ancient Irish metalwork, medieval bronzes, ivories, and enamels. There is a shop and a restaurant in the museum that make it a very enjoyable day out. Location: The Custom House, Rutland St., Limerick | Phone: 061 - 312833
In the centre of the village is this great heritage centre. It is housed in a stone building with a traditional courtyard. There is a short audiovisual presentation to help you make sense of the ruins scattered around the area. The model shows the village in 1500 and is really worth a look. The centre also houses a cafe, craft shop, knitwear shop, and library. Location: Main St., Adare, County Limerick | Opening Times: 9am-6pm | Phone: 061 396666
During the 1930s and early 1940s, the Port of Foynes was the fulcrum point for air traffic between the United States and Europe. The Foynes Museum recalls this era with a comprehensive range of exhibits, graphic illustrations and an audio-video show. In preparation are the lists of passengers who travelled through both going East or West. For aviation buffs, this museum is a must.
Location: Foynes, County Limerick | Opening Times: March - November daily 9am-5pm; Season Closed Nov-Mar | Phone 069 65416
Rent a bike with Ireland Bike Hire and explore the side roads and ally-ways of Ireland at your own pace. What better way to soak up the true atmosphere of this fascinating country. In oganising your holiday it is very important to start from a central location and LIMERICK is just that. We are only 90KM or less in popular places like Galway, the West of Clare, Killarney, Tralee and Dingle (to name but a few) and there are a lot of places that are not on any tourist route that we can tell you about. They can also deliver bikes to any location in Ireland to be waiting for you when you arrive.
Limerick Golf Club is located at Ballyclough, on the southern outskirts of Limerick City, and is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland, founded in 1891, the same year as the Golfing Union of Ireland. Green Fee Rates are EUR50 Monday to Thursday and EUR70 at the weekend or on Bank Holidays.
"Munster premier adventure facility" Choose from Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, High Ropes, Archery or Orienteering to name but a few. Kids camps, family activities, skills courses and corporate events are a speciality. Visit: www.ulac.ie
The scale and beauty of the Cliffs of Moher can only be truly appreciated when viewed from sea level. Our cruise will take you on a one hour voyage of discovery. We also sail daily to Inis Orr, one of the Aran Islands only 30 minutes from Doolin. Why not do both in one day and get our day-trip special rate. Looking forward to welcoming you on board! Visit: www.mohercruises.com
Paintball is now recognised as the fastest growing sporting activity in the world, offering exhilarating action packed fun for everyone. A sport that combines teamwork, strategy and skill as you attempt to outsmart the opposing team. Played over 20 acres of natural woodland, participants will be given full instructions and supervision by friendly experienced staff. Equipped with the latest semi-automatic paintball marker which fires biodegradable paintballs accurate to over 100 feet and specially designed safety wear, your team will be sent on various exciting and challenging missions, specially designed to ensure an action packed day. Contact Combat Zone for prices and further information on 061 302031.