Everyone's heard of Limerick, but truth be told not too many people visit. Ireland's not short of pretty spots with good access to the country's scenic heartlands, but if you like a friendly, riverside city with views over a majestically dilapidated Norman castle, and plenty of medieval and Georgian architecture, then Limerick is for you. Our pick of the best places to stay in Limerick is situated in the heart of the city, with easy access to all the best bits.
Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes shared Limerick's tough side with the world, but it's been made over since then and many of the old and beautiful buildings are now looking at their best again. Limerick is a city in which the newer buildings really complement the historic ones, and it feels like a living city, with plenty of cultural activity.
As well as King John's Castle, built in 1205, Limerick's historic treasures include St. Mary's Cathedral, which is even older, and the much younger (18th Century) Bishop's Palace.
It's also worth checking out the Potato Market and the Milk Market - both for their design and the activity today.
If you're interested in architecture the Living Bridge is unmissable. Built by the crew behind the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty, this 350metre long footbridge crosses the River Shannon at the University of Limerick.
Limerick's Hunt Museum has one of Ireland's finest collections of Bronze Age and Iron Age treasures, and the Limerick Gallery of Art has an immersive collection, with special focus on local artists, and a charming location right by the People's Park at the heart of Georgian Limerick.
One of Limerick's best known Georgian treasures is No. 2 Pery Square, one of a row of six houses built in 1838, and now carefully restored. It's also very conveniently located for one of the best places to stay in Limerick, which is right next door!
If you're at all interested in sport check out Thomond Park, proud home of Munster Rugby Club. If you've never experienced a rugby game this is the place to try it.
Impressive townhouse hotel in one of Ireland's finest Georgian squares. Nineteen traditional yet stylish rooms and one suite offer city centre luxury accommodation in the heart of Limerick. Holistic organic spa for pampering and well respected brasserie serving French influenced Irish classics.
A neo-Gothic manor in the County Limerick village of Adare. Boasting a golf course and spa facilities, the manor affords you the opportunity to luxuriate in beautiful and historic environs. The rooms are intensely sumptuous, damask patterns and chandeliers galore - a truly opulent escape.