Introducing Adare & Around
Often dubbed 'Ireland's prettiest village', Adare centres on its clutch of perfectly preserved thatched cottages built by the 19th-century English landlord, the Earl of Dunraven, for workers constructing Adare Manor. Today, the cottages house craft shops and some of the county's finest restaurants, with prestigious golf courses nearby.
Unsurprisingly, tourists are drawn to the postcard-perfect village, set 16km southwest of Limerick on the River Maigue, by the busload. This makes the roads even more clogged (the busy N21 is the village's main street). It's also a popular romantic getaway for many Irish visitors at weekends, when you're best booking accommodation and restaurants in advance, but when you'll also find Adare at its most vibrant.