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Top Choice Museum in Limerick City

Hunt Museum

Although named for its benefactors, this museum, opened in 1997, is also a treasure hunt. Visitors are encouraged to open drawers and otherwise poke around the finest collection of Bronze Age, Iron Age, medieval and…
Top Choice Castle in Limerick City

King John's Castle

An obdurate and brooding Norman mass over the River Shannon, Limerick's showpiece castle, with its vast curtain walls and towers, was built on the orders of King John of England between 1200 and 1212. The massive tw…
Top Choice Gallery in Limerick City

Limerick City Gallery of Art

Limerick's excellent gallery adjoins the peaceful People's Park in the heart of Georgian Limerick. Among its permanent collection of paintings from the last 300 years are works by Sean Keating and Jack B Yeats. Temp…
Top Choice Irish in County Limerick

Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge

The attractive village of Ballingarry is home to one of County Limerick's hidden dining gems. Produce picked fresh from this 19th-century former convent's orchards and kitchen gardens is incorporated into seasonal m…
Top Choice Cafe in Limerick City

Hook & Ladder

A haven of understated style and a champion of local produce, this cafe set in a converted bank building epitomises Limerick's up-and-coming foodie scene. Exquisite sandwiches include Doonbeg crab with lemon mayo on…
Top Choice Irish in Limerick City

Azur

Georgian architecture meets modern design to create an elegant venue for one of Limerick's best dining experiences. Service is professional but relaxed, the wine list is exemplary, and the menu lends a continental t…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Adare

Restaurant 1826 Adare

One of Ireland's most highly regarded chefs, Wade Murphy continues to wow diners at this art-lined 1826-built thatched cottage. His passion for local seasonal produce is an essential ingredient in dishes like pan-se…
Top Choice Pub in Limerick City

Nancy Blake's

There's sawdust on the floor and peat on the fire in the cosy front bar of this wonderful old pub, but be sure to head out the back to enjoy a vast covered drinking zone that often features live music or televised s…
Castle in Adare

Adare Castle

Dating from around 1200, this picturesque Norman ruin changed hands several times before being entirely wrecked by Cromwell's troops in 1657, by which time its strategic importance had slipped away. Highlights inclu…
Cathedral in Limerick City

St Mary's Cathedral

Limerick's ancient cathedral was founded in 1168 by Donal Mór O'Brien, king of Munster. Parts of the 12th-century Romanesque western doorway, nave and aisles survive, and there are splendid 15th-century black-oak mi…