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Top Choice Museum in Limerick City

Hunt Museum

Although named for its benefactors, this museum 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 modern art treas…
Top Choice Castle in Limerick City

King John's Castle

An obdurate and brooding Norman mass over the River Shannon, the vast curtain walls and towers of Limerick's showpiece castle are best viewed from the west bank of the water. Built on the orders of King John of Engl…
Top Choice Gallery in Limerick City

Limerick City Gallery of Art

Limerick's excellent gallery adjoins the peaceful People's Park, at the heart of Georgian Limerick. Among its permanent collection of traditional paintings from the last 300 years are works by Sean Keating and Jack …
Top Choice International in Limerick City

Chocolat

Bathed in dark-chocolate hues with background soft ambient music and overseen by busy staff, this international restaurant is a smart choice. There's an eclectic but populist choice on the menu, from Thai curry to b…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Adare

Restaurant 1826 Adare

One of Ireland's most pedigreed chefs, Wade Murphy is wowing diners at this art-lined 1826-built thatched cottage. His passion for local seasonal produce is an essential ingredient in dishes like pan-seared Atlantic…
Top Choice Market in Limerick City

Milk Market

Pick from organic produce and local foods like cheese at the traditional food market held in Limerick's old market buildings, or browse its produce and craft shops. Traditional live music regularly takes place here.
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. Out back is a vast covered drinking zone that often features live music or televised matches.
Museum in Adare

Famine Warhouse

A relic of one of Ireland's darkest chapters, the Famine Warhouse sits seemingly benignly today amid typical farmland near Ballingarry. During the 1848 rebellion, rebels led by William Smith O'Brien besieged police …
Castle in Adare

Adare Castle

Dating back to 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. Restoration w…
Church in County Limerick

Holy Cross Abbey

Beside the River Suir, 15km north of Cashel and 6km southwest of Thurles, this magnificently restored abbey proudly displays two relics of the True Cross. Although the Cistercian abbey was founded in 1168, the large…