Compared to the rustic rural landscape which surrounds Limerick, this city has a cheerfully urban atmosphere and is full of cultural and historical attractions which will keep you busy for at least a few days, if not more.
As the region’s air hub, Shannon International Airport handles all of the domestic and international flights into the area. Located about 30 minutes away from Limerick, the airport is well-connected to the city by shuttle bus. Limerick also has regular train and bus connections to all of the major towns in the country.
Having risen from the general squalor and despair described by Frank McCourt in his novel Angela’s Ashes, Limerick has revitalized itself with a new-found civic pride. The central streets are buzzing with chic cafes, coffeehouses and pubs, kept full by the city’s active student population and constant flow of tourists. A number of fine museums and galleries add to the cultural depth of Limerick, and its excellent community of Georgian houses lends an air of historic revival to the town.
After dark, Limerick comes alive with a thriving pub scene, full of music and good beer. This is a great city to delve into the world of traditional Irish music as well as catch up on the hottest Irish bands of the day.
Within minutes of the city are some truly wonderful sites worth exploring. The medieval village of Adare is considered one of the most picturesque Irish communities in the region, with its thatched-roof cottages and castle ruins. A visit to the mysterious Lough Gur should also be on every visitor’s list. The haunting archaeological sites around the lake are some of the oldest Neolithic monuments in Ireland.
Limerick is quite the sporting town, with a passionate following for rugby and football. More traditional sports such as hurling and Gaelic football can also be watched at the local grounds. Outside of town, the fishing and golfing is extraordinary, so there should be plenty of recreation if you feel like getting out and about.