This week’s blog takes us to the beautiful city of Limerick, which is awash with places and buildings of huge historical and architectural significance. We have done the leg work for you and have selected the very best features that Limerick has to offer tourists in terms of sightseeing gems, accommodation, dining and much much more….
Limerick City is located in the Mid-West region in the province of Munster. The City lies on the magnificent River Shannon and the River Abby and is the third most populated city in Ireland. The medieval city was established & founded in 922 by the Normans, but it is most famous as the Lady City or Treaty City.
The Treaty Stone
Limerick was appointed the name the Treaty City in the early 1690’s, when the Williamite sieges led to the signing of the Treaty of Limerick. In honor of the treaty, the famous Treaty Stone was erected on the further side of Thomond Bridge.
King John’s Castle
Limerick’s most magnificent medieval castle, King John’s Castle is one of the most fun, family friendly castles in Ireland as it precisely presents Norman soldier’s life via re-enactments from fully costumed guides.
Your family will love it. As you walk through the castle, you and your family will learn all about King John, the brother of Richard the LionHeart, a individual with whom your children will be familiar from books & movies about Robinhood and the Knights’ of the Round Table.
The construction of King John’s Castle was believed to set new standards in the rare formation of it enormous gate house, battlements and corner towers. The tour brings you on a journey via the soldier’s quarters and armory and where you can observe the medieval garrison remnants in the Sallyport area of the castle. The castle guides you to a collection of Viking origin houses that were excavated during renovations some years ago.
Limerick also presents the 12th century St Mary’s Cathedral also known as Limerick Cathedral. The cathedral belongs to the Church of Ireland and is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1168, in accordance with tradition, the last King of Munster, Domnall Mòr Ua Briain, founded the cathedral on the site of his palace on Kings Island. It is the oldest building in Limerick still in use and houses the only set of misericords in Ireland.
The Hunt Museum
The Hunt Museum is of historical and state importance as it is the building where a comprehensive private compilation of artefacts delegated to the state are housed. The Museum was established to house John & Gertrude Hunt’s global collection of over 2000 works of art and antiquities.
The Hunt Museum Trust was established in 1974 to store the above properties on behalf of the people of Ireland but it wasn’t until 1997 that the museum was officially opened.
Limerick offers visitors some of the most quant and friendly villages in Ireland. None so lovely as Adare village characterized by its picture postcard streets lined with thatched roofed cottages & heritage buildings and aromatic floral garden spectacles. It is for this reason that is is world renowned as the quaintest village in Ireland.
As well as the many wonderful and beautiful places to visit in Adare, there is an abundance of high quality artisan restaurants in which to savor the best food Ireland has to offer. The island of Ireland is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean which provides our wonderful restaurants with the best fish you will ever eat, from salmon to mouth-watering oysters. We can recommend restaurants in Adare that we, ourselves have personally tried and return to time and time again.
The atmosphere in the Irish pubs in Adare is world famous and is partially generated by the talent of the Irish musicians which are plentiful around these parts. The music literally flows out the doors and you will be entertained no end by the many branches of traditional Irish music which come in a variety of sounds and talents as well as meeting interesting characters with whom you can have the banter and the craic (Irish word for fun).
There are a plethora of traditional Irish craft shops and a heritage center which delineates the history of this significant little village.
The village is only a stones throw from the famous Adare Manor. Your private driver easily arrange a round of golf at Adare Manor; the best parkland course in Ireland designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior. It boasts some remarkable river views and a first class restaurant, The Oak Room. However, The Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Course is temporarily closed for renovations but we will keep you posted on when it reopens.
Savoy Hotel Limerick
The Savoy Hotel, is a magnificent boutique hotel located in the heart of Limerick City within a vibrant shopping and theatre district of Limerick City in south-west Ireland.
The hotel features 92 beautifully decorated rooms and suites which house luxurious marble bathrooms, king size beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, plush mattresses and fluffy pillows. The Savoy also offers spacious suites with king size beds, relaxing lounge area and roomy Italian style bathrooms.
The Savoy offers foodies and drink connoisseurs a selection of four trendy but tastefully decorated restaurants and bars to suite everyone’s tastes. The restaurants focus on using the very best of local produce in Limerick and locally sourcing seasonal ingredients.
The Hamptons Bar and Grill with its New York Style décor offers an informal dining experience which presents a refreshing and modern twist on its extensive menu and their prime steak is some of the best I have tasted in the world.
The Savoy Restaurant feels more relaxing and elegant with open décor. It offers an a la carte menu that fuses traditional cuisine with a contemporary palate utilizing artisan food producers. My absolute however is any selection from their outstanding seafood dishes which are a must-try.
Additionally, The Library Lounge offers is the ideal spot to have afternoon tea as a treat. The in vogue trend of adding cocktails to afternoon tea is ever-present at The Savoy Hotel. The relaxing atmosphere in the Library lounge is a superb choice for afternoon tea, lunch and an evening meal.
The Savoy Hotel Bar is renowned for its moniker cocktails and has a superb outdoor heated terrace.
The ultimate in relaxation, the Spa at the Savoy offers a vast array of treatments which will leave you feeling replenished and rejuvenated. Treatments at the spa include the un-miscible Thai massage, know for its benefits of wellbeing and tensions relief. The spas also offers Ayurveda, an alternative holistic medicine originating from India. It aids in rejuvenating your mind & body and helps with various health issues ranging from allergies to digestive complaints and arthritis.
Additionally, guests can avail of the complimentary use of the gym and Aqua center which houses an 8-meter pool, Jacuzzi and steam-room. It has everything you need to relax and unwind on your luxury tour of Ireland.
Well that concludes our snap shot of Limerick City. If you would like further information on a Tour of Limerick, Ireland, or would like more information on any of our tours, then simply call us from the US and Canada Toll Free 0n 1888 793 0416.
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