As one of the most lively cities in the region of Munster, there is an abundance of reasons to hit the south of the country and visit Limerick City. From its alluring culinary scene to its ever-expanding emphasis on theatre and culture, there is really no excuse not to visit. Here we round up the top 10 reasons to visit Limerick City.
10. The History
Limerick is a city with strong ties to medieval history. King John’s Castle is a must-see attraction and offers visitors the chance to be transported back in time and experience the city’s most memorable moments, such as the Siege of Limerick in 1642.
For any history buffs who wish to explore more than just the medieval side to the city, Limerick City Museum on Henry Street is a solid bet. The museum offers insight into Limerick life from the early days of the Stone Age to the modern day, boasting an impressive range of exhibitions and artefacts that will transport any visitor to an entirely different time and area.
9. The Sports Scene
The people of Limerick are a people of passion, and this untamed enthusiasm is let loose during any of the major sporting events that take place in the city. Limerick is home to Thomond Park, which counts Munster Rugby and Shannon RFC as residents.
The hurling scene in Limerick is also at its peak, and so on match days, the pubs of the city are positively thronged with citizens decked in the Limerick colours and banding as one to shout for the home team.
If you can’t make it along to a match, settle into one of the many cosy pubs with a pint in hand and the action unfolding on the big screen – it’s definitely the next best thing!
8. The University Grounds
Located just outside the city in the town of Castletroy, the University of Limerick is one of the most naturally beautiful campuses in the country. Built on the River Shannon, the grounds are open to the public, and you will always spot people walking and running through the stunning surroundings.
There are several riverside trails which are home to local flora and fauna, and the Living Bridge which connects the north side of the campus to the main university grounds has been the backdrop to many an Instagram shot.
The bridge is designed in a flowing line across the river which mimics the waters below and is breathtaking at any time of the year.
7. The Shopping Sprees
Limerick city centre is a decent spot for shopping, but true shopaholics should hit The Crescent Shopping centre which is just a 15-minute bus journey from the city centre itself.
The Crescent is Ireland’s largest shopping complex outside of the capital and contains significant fashion stores such as Next, H and M, River Island, and Zara.
There is an array of dining spots to refuel too – try Butlers Chocolate Café for the most deliciously indulgent hot chocolates, or Zumo juice and smoothie bar for something light and refreshing.
6. The Music Gigs
The live music scene in Limerick has never been stronger, with venues around the city showcasing an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary acts each night.
The Locke Bar is a haven for those hoping to experience the quintessentially Irish trad session – the riverside bar and restaurant offers traditional Irish dance and music seven nights a week.
Dolan’s is another premiere spot for music – located on the Dock Road, Dolan’s has welcomed huge acts to their venue. Upcoming acts include Chasing Abbey and Hermitage Green – a night in Dolan’s is always one to remember, so check out the gig listing on their website and prepare for an unforgettable gig!
5. The Night Life
Whether you’re a student on the hunt for a wild night out, or in the mood for a cosy catch up over cocktails, Limerick City has all the bases covered.
Monday and Thursday nights are the big ones for students, with crowds of young people queuing outside the likes of Habitat, Icon, and Costello’s.
Student nights are wild but great banter, and there is always an abundance of tales to tell the next morning. If crazy nights on the town aren’t your style, then fear not – cocktail fever has hit the city and several spots are serving up the tastiest daiquiris and cosmos. Our top choices are Pharmacia and 101 O’Connell Street – be warned, their cocktails are dangerously delicious.
4. The Food
Limerick is a haven for foodies, with a considerable variation of speciality cuisines to choose from in the heart of the city.
Think gourmet burger restaurants such as Coqbull, hearty Italian dishes at La Cucina, and authentic-style sushi at Kyoto.
Any vegetarians and vegans looking for a satisfying plant-based meal should look no further than The Old Fire Station, who offer top-notch dishes for those who abstain from animal products.
More of a meat-eater? You can’t go wrong with Texas Steakout – the restaurant specialises in steaks, ribs, and burgers, and will genuinely satisfy any meat cravings.
3. The Theatre Scene
Limerick is fast becoming one of the greatest cities in the country to experience live theatre. There are two main venues in the town for a night at the theatre – The Lime Tree and The Bell Table.
The Lime Tree is located on the beautiful grounds of Mary Immaculate College. Amongst other endeavours, The Lime Tree traditionally houses The Limerick Panto Society’s pantomime performance each Christmas.
The Bell Table is a more intimate theatre in the city, and like The Lime Tree plays and performances take place here all year round, with pieces performed by local companies and companies much further afield.
We strongly recommend those with an interest in theatre to check out either of these venues during their visit – Limerick theatre will really take your breath away.
2. The Cosy Pubs
If cocktails or crazy nights out aren’t really your cup of tea, why not try one of the many cosy and inviting pubs dotted throughout the city?
The Still House is a traditional pub located smack-bang in the middle of the city that will make any visitor feel like a local. It is a warm, inviting pub with traditional music and a stellar whisky collection. The pub is particularly popular over the Christmas Season, so pop in for a pint and immerse yourself in the festive spirit.
Micky Martin’s is another great venue in the city, with an impressive range of wines, a traditional fire, and even the chance to play board games such as Snakes and Ladders or Jenga.
Sometimes a quiet pint is all you need, so pop along to either of these pubs for a low-key and chill evening.
1. Culture Night
We can think of no better reason to visit Limerick City than the now-famous Culture Night. This year Culture Night falls on September the 21st so make sure to clear your schedule.
Culture night is a night where the city showcases all it has to offer in terms of culture – it celebrates art, theatre, music, and so much more. The city will come alive with local groups hosting performances and exhibitions across the city which are entirely free of charge to the public.
It is impossible to describe the excitement of the night and the magical atmosphere that seems to envelop the whole city as everyone comes together to show what Limerick culture is all about.
This is a night not to be missed, so pop into the city centre and watch the stories of Limerick unfold before your eyes.