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About Limerick

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 featuring plenty of medieval and Georgian architecture and with views over a majestically dilapidated Norman castle, 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 its 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 their best again. In Limerick the newer buildings really complement the historic ones, and it feels like a living city, with plenty of cultural activity.

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 definitely the place to try it.

What Not To Miss

  • 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 bustling activity
  • If you're interested in architecture the Living Bridge is unmissable. Built by the crew behind the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty, this 350 metre 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, whilst 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.

If you're visiting in the busy summer months then be sure to book ahead as the best places to stay in Limerick can get filled up pretty quickly.

For the City Centre

  • No 1 Pery Square is a beautiful townhouse in a row of beautiful townhouses. From the outside it doesn't look as if it could fit 19 generous sized, luxuriously furnished rooms and one suite, but it does. No. 1 Pery Square also has a spa and a well-respected brasserie serving French influenced Irish classics.

Romantic Retreats

  • Adare Manor is a truly dreamy stay. Offering opulently romantic suites in a tranquil countryside setting, there's also a golf course on site as well as a spoiling spa. Tuck into award-winning cuisine and feel a million miles away from all your worries.

    For An Apartment

    • If you think you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

    Travel Information

    • Limerick's nicest weather wise in the summer, with the average daily temperature rising to 16°C in July and August. So, you're probably best off visiting around this time.
    • Shannon Airport is the nearest place to fly into, located 25km west of Limerick. There are a number of daily flights from the UK, Europe and certain US destinations.
    • Ryanair fly from Gatwick and Stansted, whilst Aer Lingus go from Heathrow and Edinburgh.
    • From the airport, take the bus or a cab on to your final destination in Limerick.
    • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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      Best Hotels in Limerick

      • Dunraven Arms Hotel 90 rooms from $130

        Limerick (Blackabbey)

        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.

        Great walks  -  The surrounding countryside is full of beautiful walking routes.
        Spa
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      • No 1 Pery Square 20 rooms from $192

        Limerick

        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.

        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
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      • Absolute Hotel 99 rooms from $104

        Limerick

        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.

        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.
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      • Savoy Hotel 94 rooms from $124

        Limerick

        As part of one of the world's most successful luxury hotel chains, the Savoy Hotel in Limerick is an excellent five-start establishment. Featuring plush rooms, an excellent restaurant and an extensive spa.

        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.
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