Travel Tips - Limerick city the perfect base for a foreign visitor

My American friend is coming to visit in a few weeks. This will be her first trip to Ireland so we would like to see as much as possible. She is flying in to Shannon so I would ideally like to stay in that area for the weekend. Could you recommend somewhere to stay and things we can do?

My American friend is coming to visit in a few weeks. This will be her first trip to Ireland so we would like to see as much as possible. She is flying in to Shannon so I would ideally like to stay in that area for the weekend. Could you recommend somewhere to stay and things we can do?

Just a twenty-minute drive from Shannon airport, Limerick city is an ideal location for you to stay. Designated as the National City of Culture 2014, it is steeped in history and charm and offers plenty to do and see.

If you are interested in historical sites, King John’s Castle (pictured) is a 13th century structure on King’s Island in the heart of medieval Limerick. Tours are available of the castle, which overlooks the beautiful River Shannon and offers wonderful views of the city. 

Lough Gur is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. You will be captivated by the beauty, charm and tranquility of this ancient place. Take a guided tour to see the fascinating megalithic remains and experience the beautiful scenery the area has to offer.

Adare is widely regarded as being Ireland’s prettiest and most picturesque village with traditional thatched cottages lining one side of the street. The village was also the host village of the 2007 and 2008 Irish Open which took place at the Adare Manor Golf Club. Adare is home to the beautiful five-star Adare Manor Hotel, where you could treat yourselves to luxurious accommodation or afternoon tea.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is also worth a visit. Built in 1425 and restored in 1954, the Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. The Bunratty Folk Park is where 19th century life is vividly recreated. You can meet and chat with ‘Bean an Ti’ (woman of the house) and various street characters including the policeman and schoolteacher. It’s a wonderful experience and a must-see for any first-time visitor to Ireland.

Another short drive will take you across the county border and into the town of Ennis, Co. Clare, where there are a whole host of other tourist attractions to be found. An hour’s drive from Limerick and you will find the infamous Cliffs of Moher and Ailwee Caves.

Limerick is a great choice of destination for your friends’ first visit to Ireland. Not only is it practical in its proximity to the airport, but it also provides a perfect base from where you can visit many of the other charming sights that the South West has to offer.

Where to stay:

Clarion Hotel (****)

Prices start from €71 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

Located in the heart of Limerick City, The Clarion Hotel Limerick has a fantastic view of the River Shannon. With only a two minute walk to O’Connell Street where there is a variety of local restaurants and bars to choose from, it’s an ideal place to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing.

Absolute Hotel & Spa (****)

Prices start from €69 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

Situated in the medieval quarter of Limerick, and within walking distance of King Johns Castle and the Milk Market, this four-star hotel is another great base from which to get the best out of the city.

Limerick Strand Hotel (****)

Prices start from €79 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking

The four-star Limerick Strand Hotel offers guests two restaurants to choose from along with a busy café and a bar. Relax and unwind after a day of exploring in the health club, indoor pool or spa.

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