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Limerick City is almost 1,100 years old. It has been a Viking settlement, a medieval walled town, a Georgian city and is now a modern, vibrant metropolitan area with a rich and historic hinterland and stunning historic buildings and castles.
Limerick’s Medieval Quarter contains a wealth of built heritage. Nicholas Street, the city’s old main street links most of the sights.
King John’s Castle, built on the orders of King John in the year 1200 and is situated in the heart of medieval Limerick City. Visitors of all ages will find something to inspire and excite them at the brand new visitor experience at King John’s Castle. The stunning new exhibition at King John’s Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history
Bishop’s Palace built in the 1740s is adjacent to King's John's Castle, it is the restored home of former Protestant Bishops of Limerick. The Palace has a classical facade and is related to the English Palladian style. The house is currently occupied by Limerick Civic Trust and visitors are welcome.
Saint Mary’s Cathedral - one of the oldest buildings in Limerick and stands at the heart of the medieval city. It was originally the Royal Palace for the Kings of Thomond, it was gifted to the Church in 1168. Saint Mary’s is an extraordinarily complex building representing developments from the mid-twelfth century to the later twentieth century – a treasure of Irish religious art.
The Hunt Museum exhibits one of Ireland's greatest private collections of art and antiquities, dating from the Neolithic to the 20th Century. It is housed in the former Custom House, overlooking the River Shannon and reflects the diverse tastes and interests of the two people who formed it, John and Gertrude Hunt.
The Treaty Stone is the stone upon which folklore says the 1691 Treaty of Limerick was signed. It is a rough-hewn limestone block raised on a pedestal standing across the river Shannon from King John's Castle in Limerick City. The treaty marked the surrender of the city to the army of William of Orange. Under the terms, a promise was made to respect Catholicism, but the treaty was rejected by the English and Irish Parliaments and its terms were ignored. Thus Limerick became known as The City of the Broken Treaty.
The Alms Houses row of 5 Alms Houses - restored limestone buildings from 1691 which housed widows of royal soldiers.They remain an intact terrace of houses and are part of the history of King John's Castle and quarter. The early date given is not visually apparent from the exterior which is nineteenth-century in character. It adds significantly to the architectural and historical importance of buildings on King's Island. Historically there is a prominence of almshouses in the Nicholas Street area, which is further emphasised by the Villiers Alms Houses and those adjacent to the former Bishop's Palace. These widow's almshouses are further indicative of the growth of an established charitable tradition within Limerick.
The Limerick City Exchange was built in 1673, close to St. Mary’s Cathedral to house the city’s covered market and council chamber. In 1702 the Exchange was demolished and replaced by a new larger building.
- King John’s Castle – 13th Century castle located on King’s Island
- Bishop’s Palace – Former Bishops palace built in 1740s
- St. Mary’s Cathedral - one of the oldest buildings in Limerick
- The Hunt Museum - formed by John and Gertrude Hunt
- Treaty Stone –The stone said to be used in the signing of the 1691 Treaty of Limerick
- City Exchange - The Limerick City Exchange was built in 1673
- Alms Houses - This historic row of 5 restored limestone buildings from 1691
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Approx. visit duration: Please allow for a full day to experience the history, heritage, and culture in Limerick city.
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Free paper guides available in English.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Limerick has a vast array of unique and independent coffee shops and restaurant serving up more than your average cuppa. Their café scene has a constant supply of places that offer an experience to suit all tastes. For more info visit https://www.limerick.ie/discover/eat-see-do/food-drink
Whether you are indulging in some retail therapy, searching for the perfect souvenir or simply window shopping, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Limerick. Limerick city centre is compact, easy to navigate and boasts a range of big brands and independent stores. For further information visit https://www.limerick.ie/discover/eat-see-do/shopping/shopping-limerick-city-centre
Free wifi is available throughout Limerick City.
There are various car parks throughout the city along with on-street parking
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GROUPS & TOURS
Limerick welcomes groups and group tours, pre-booking is required please email email@example.com for further information.
Limerick city is 20km from Shannon International Airport and 200km from Dublin International Airport. Limerick is located in the Wild Atlantic Way Zone and is the capital city of the West of Ireland.
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