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About County Limerick

Undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most famous places, County Limerick is surprisingly off-the-beaten-track as a holiday destination — making it an even more appealing base for experiencing Ireland’s scenic countryside, lively city life and picturesque villages. Accommodation options are varied, with cosy B&Bs and chic luxury hotels catering to a range of tastes and budgets. Many of the best places to stay in County Limerick are country house hotels with excellent farm-to-table cuisine, but we also have a selection of favourites in the city itself, perfect for soaking up its history, architecture and fun foodie scene.

Known for its friendly feel and attractive blend of medieval and Georgian architecture, Limerick makes for a wonderful city break destination. Stroll from King John’s Castle to St Mary’s Cathedral, immerse yourself in the bustle of the Potato Market and the Milk Market, and check out the impressive collections at The Hunt Museum and the Limerick City Gallery of Art. With a buzzing events scene, thrumming riverside restaurants and quirky bars, this is a funky, fascinating place to base yourself for a few days.

Part of Limerick’s appeal, of course, lies in its proximity to the verdant farmland of rural County Limerick. Perched on the Shannon Estuary, the region is framed by rising mountains to the south and east, and dotted with heritage attractions. Head to Lough Gur for atmospheric archaeological sites, including the 4,000-year-old Grange Stone Circle, and discover the area’s ancient past at the Heritage Centre. The 13th-century ruins of Kilmallock Abbey are well worth seeing, too, as is the local heritage trail from Kilmallock Museum.

Southwest of Limerick sits Adare, a pretty thatched village boasting the ruined Adare Castle, a Norman fortress destroyed by Cromwell’s troops in 1657, as well as a crumbling Franciscan Friary. Interestingly, the Friary rests at the heart of Adare Golf Club, although it is open to visitors. An unusual setting for a round or two of golf! As well as some good golf, County Limerick offers wonderful walking routes and hiking paths, horse riding opportunities and the chance to catch some brilliant rugby at Thomond Park Stadium.

If it’s fabulous food that you’re after, look to Limerick itself, where there are delectable eateries to try, as well as to the indulgent country house hotels in the Adare area. The focus on local, seasonal ingredients and homegrown produce means that you can expect an ever-changing array of delights to sample and savour. Many of the best places to stay in County Limerick pride themselves on their restaurants, as well as their stylish decor and abundant heritage charm. Whether you’re on the hunt for a cool city break or a restful rural escape, County Limerick has it all!

The Best Places to Stay in County Limerick

For a chic city stay

  • The Savoy Hotel is a luxurious Limerick classic, with opulent interiors, terrific cocktails and a small, soothing spa. Expect five-star service, spacious rooms and suites — including large family options —and top-notch facilities. A chic city choice for couples, families and foodies looking to explore Limerick and the surrounding countryside. Gorgeous!
  • Absolute Hotel features smart, stylish rooms just five minutes' walk from the heart of Limerick. Interiors are modern, and the vibe is casually cool — perfect for a couple's weekend away or a fun escape with friends. Riverfront views are a highlight, and Harry's On the River is great for an evening drink or delicious dinner. Trendy and contemporary, in a superb central location.
  • No1 Pery Square is a lovely boutique hotel with twenty rooms and suites in a charming Georgian townhouse. Pick this place for its pretty, characterful rooms and fantastic food — much of which is sourced from the hotel's kitchen garden. With an excellent wine list, vaulted spa and intimate feel, this is one for the romantics!

For rural luxury

  • Dunraven Arms Hotel is a historic property near Adare with a rich heritage. Interiors feature four-poster beds, antique pieces and smart bathrooms, with interconnecting bedroom options for families. Known for offering one of the best breakfasts in Ireland, the hotel's eateries pride themselves on their delicious dishes. Grown-ups can unwind at the spa, whilst kids will love the pool and the verdant gardens. A luxurious choice with lots of appeal for the whole family! Also a popular and picturesque rural wedding venue.
  • The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge promises 16 elegant rooms and suites in a beautiful yellow-painted house. Previously a nineteenth-century convent, the house is full of character, with cosy armchairs, period furnishings, and sprawling lawns. Life revolves around the Mustard Seed Restaurant, where Chef Angel Pirev crafts delectable seasonal creations, using as much as possible from the hotel's kitchen garden. A relaxed and romantic foodie favourite!
  • Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel & Spa is a stylish, contemporary choice, with large suites featuring bold pops of colour, velvet upholstery and big cosy beds. There are two great eateries, plenty of space for families in generously-proportioned suites, and a fun kids' club — offering fairy walks, seed planting and a mini pet farm — as well as swimming lessons for little ones. Enjoy restorative treatments at the extensive spa or make use of the excellent business facilities. The striking woodland setting is wonderful for leafy strolls.
  • Adare Manor is a tremendously impressive Neo-Gothic manor, complete with ivy-clad stone walls and a tower. Boasting a golf course, a spa and the Michelin-starred Oakhouse Restaurant, this is one of Ireland's top hotels. Think sumptuous decor, including damask curtains framing enormous windows and striking chandeliers. With activities aplenty, this is a glorious hideaway for couples dreaming of heritage luxury.

For a B&B

  • Ash Hill Stud offers three bedrooms in an imposing Georgian house near Kilmallock. There's lots of space for grown-ups and little ones to explore on the estate — including plenty of wildlife spotting. The house is furnished with lovely antiques and perfect for quiet couples, relaxed families or groups, who can book the whole place on an exclusive basis. Although this is primarily a B&B, dinner can be arranged for larger groups on request. The house is elegant, the grounds are striking, and dogs are welcome — the ideal rural B&B!

For an apartment or holiday cottage

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • There are regular international and domestic flights to Shannon Airport, 25 miles west of Limerick. You can then hop aboard a bus or taxi to your destination in County Limerick.
  • County Limerick's many highlights are most easily reached by road. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Travel between May and September for warmer weather, averaging at around 16°C. The summer (July and August) is the most popular time to visit, so book your stay well in advance to avoid missing out!

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Best Hotels in County Limerick

  • Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel & Spa Adare 94 rooms from £80

    Spa  -  Revas spa includes a thermal suite, rasul chamber, outdoor hot tub, 18 treatment rooms, couples rooms and a foot spa!
    Swimming Pool  -  Leisure centre with 20m heated indoor pool, gym, sauna, steam room and hot tub
    Kids Club  -  Woodys Fun Club is open on Saturdays and during school holidays
    Great walks  -  The surrounding woods are full of beautiful walking routes.

    Combining excellent rooms, an awarding winning restaurant and an extensive spa within a beautiful woodland setting, Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel & Spa is a fine establishment. See More

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  • Absolute Hotel Limerick 99 rooms from £80

    Local exploring  -  A great base for exploring Limerick and the surrounding countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk from both the Limerick Cathedral St. Mary's and The Treaty Stone.
    Local markets  -  Ten minutes walk from the Milk Market.

    Set in Limerick's Medieval Quarter overlooking the Abbey River, the Absolute Hotel is smart, contemporary establishment. Featuring sleek rooms, a lively bar with a creative cocktail menu and an atmospheric grill restaurant. See More

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  • Savoy Hotel Limerick 94 rooms from £95

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Treaty Stone, an icon of Irish history.
    Local markets  -  Five minutes walk from the Milk Market.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.

    The Savoy Hotel in Limerick is an excellent five-star establishment. Featuring spacious plush rooms contemporary in style and with Italian marble ensuites and Molton Brown toiletries. The Savoy Bar is the place for cocktails, plus there are great dining options and a small spa. See More

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  • Dunraven Arms Hotel Adare (Blackabbey) 90 rooms from £100

    Great walks  -  The surrounding countryside is full of beautiful walking routes.
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    The Dunraven Arms was established in 1792 and has developed since then into a delightful country house hotel in county Limerick. Excellent rooms, a classy restaurant and a luxurious spa all come together to form a formidable hotel. See More

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  • The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge Co. Limerick, County Limerick 16 rooms from £112

    Foodies  -  Feast on the four course table D’hote menu at the Mustard Seed Restaurant which uses seasonal and local produce.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a stroll through the O'Brien's Gardens in Foynes.
    Fishing  -  Spend the day trying your hand at Celtic angling.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    An elegant hotel and fine-dining restaurant in a pretty area of County Limerick. Spacious rooms are traditionally dressed with antique furniture, enormous sash windows and dark hues. The superb restaurant, and main focus of the establishment, celebrates local produce. A spoiling country escape. See More

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  • Ash Hill Stud County Limerick 4 rooms from £107

    Great walks  -  The surrounding countryside is full of beautiful walking routes.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Set in a beautiful Georgian building, Ash Hill Stud is a delightful B&B in rural Limerick. The beautiful rooms feature antique furnishings and tasteful artwork. Enjoy walking around the thoroughbred stud farm and taking in the stunning scenery. See More

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  • No 1 Pery Square Limerick 20 rooms from £146

    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the heart of Limerick's Georgian quarter, close to all major attractions.
    Spa  -  Holistic organic spa situated in the vaulted basement
    Full of character
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Tablet

    Impressive townhouse hotel in one of Ireland's finest Georgian squares. Twenty 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. See More

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  • Adare Manor Adare 58 rooms from £226

    Spa  -  Luxury spa offering offer the full spectrum of body treatments, massages and wraps.
    Swimming Pool  -  Large 15 metre indoor pool overlooking the River Maigue
    Great walks  -  Wonderful surrounding countryside
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.

    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. See More

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