Luxury Family Vacations Ireland | Limerick the Treaty City
This week’s blog takes us to the beautiful city of Limerick, honoured with the City of Culture 2014, it is a magnificent cultural city steeped in medieval history. It is awash with places and buildings of huge historical and architectural significance. Limerick is also home to the very famous Munster Rugby Club, all you need for a family tour in Ireland! We have have selected the very best features that Limerick has to offer tourists in terms of sightseeing gems, accommodation, dining and so 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 Abbey 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
That completes our small taste of Limerick City, there is so much more to see and do in this wonderful city. If you would like further information on a Tour of Limerick, Ireland, or would like more information on any of our tours then please click the Enquire button below:
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