Limerick is the capital of Ireland’s Mid-West region with an urban and hinterland population of over 200,000. With almost 50 percent of Limerick’s population under the age of 30, it is a vibrant, living, cosmopolitan city. Conquered by the Vikings in the ninth century, this now bustling, modern city also carries a rich medieval past, which resounds around its ancient streets and many historic landmarks.
The County of Limerick is a place of rural charm and great beauty, with a gently undulating landscape that varies from the mountains of Ballyhoura in the Golden Vale to the Shannon Estuary.
There is always something to do in the city center, which is virtually bursting with things to see and do. Limerick is noted for its historic sights, wonderful old pubs, fashionable bars, glossy shops, smart restaurants, good transport links and numerous sleeping options.
The city boats a compelling menu of festivals and events throughout the year including the internationally renowned EV+A exhibition, the St Patrick’s Festival, Riverfest and the Limerick Pride Festival.
Whether you are a fan of theatre, opera, ballet, modern dance or something more active like rugby, Gaelic football or hurling Limerick city offers these in abundance. As well as the internationally renowned Hunt Museum with its exceptional art collection including works from Picasso, da Vinci and Renoir, Limerick also boasts a wonderful medieval precinct with the famous 800-year-old King John’s Castle and St Mary’s Cathedral.
The surrounding county has so much to offer, from the beauty of the Shannon region to the picturesque charm of Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages. Take a walk along Limerick’s Garden Trail and relax afterwards in a cozy pub or restaurant.
Limerick makes a great base for exploring the excellent surrounding sights and is just a 15 minute drive from Shannon International Airport.
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