When it comes to the Emerald Isles, the majority of tourists fly into Shannon airport and skip the charms of Limerick. Yet, the beautiful Irish city has so much to offer in terms of historic sites, a vibrant art scene, and a bevy of activities perfect for all sorts of travelers. Here are three of many reasons to plan a trip there asap.
1. Visit One of Limerick’s Main Sites, King John’s Castle
Overlooking the Shannon River, King John’s Castle is a fantastic site full of rich history and beautiful views. There is a new museum there that offers a hands-on, interactive tour of revolutionary politics, costumes, trade, and the famous 16th-century siege that took place in the castle. Walking up to the imposing walls of the castle is a memorable experience all on its own.
2. Delve Into the Rich History of St Mary’s Cathedral
St Mary’s Cathedral is one of the cultural and architectural hotspots in all of Limerick. The 12th-century church bears the ups and downs in the city’s long history, making it the oldest building in the area. It’s worth exploring with an experienced tour guide who can give you a clear understanding of all the important events in this western heartland over the last couple of centuries.
3. Experience the Local Art Scene
Much like any European city, Limerick also has its vibrant art scene. In fact, it’s more vibrant than most. Did you know that Limerick is home to works by Picasso and Renoir? That’s right. Aside from hosting the beautiful paintings of the famous Irish artist Jack B. Yeats, the city also features works of art by other prominent talents. Stop by the Hunt Museum and be sure to check the latest and permanent exhibitions at the Limerick City Gallery of Art.
In addition to these must-do activities when in Limerick, you will be impressed by the beauty of the surrounding nature and all the day-trip opportunities the towns nearby have to offer. Plan your trip today and explore away!