County Limerick information
County Limerick is located in the province of Munster in Ireland's Shannon Region. It takes its name from its capital, Limerick City, the Republic of Ireland's third largest city. The River Shannon widens into an estuary on leaving the city, forming a substantial natural barrier between County Limerick and County Clare to the north. Limerick is a scenic county characterised mainly by green pastoral countryside. It is ringed by hills and mountains, most notably the Galtee Mountains in the south-east, Ireland's highest inland mountain range.
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Below you will find a list of cities and towns within County Limerick. If a Further information link is available, please click on it to find detailed information including accommodation, restaurants, bars, pubs, shops and more...
Limerick - Limerick is a riverside city of modest size, and is Ireland's third most populated city. Limerick is situated in the heart of Ireland's beautiful Shannon Region. The city overlooks the majestic and historic King John's Castle which is perched on its Shannon river bank. A city of many contrasts, it has managed to successfully blend the modern with the historic - Further information
Main towns and villages
Abbeyfeale - Abbeyfeale is the second largest town in the county of Limerick. This historical market town is pleasantly situated on the river Feale in the foothills of the Mullaghareirk Mountains which is a great spot for fishing.
Adare - With its picture postcard main street of thatched cottages and medieval buildings, Adare is a major tourist destination in particular for overseas visitors - Further information
Askeaton - Askeaton is one of the oldest towns in County Limerick, located on the banks of the Deel River, 3 kilometres upstream from the Shannon.
Castletroy - located on the N7 Limerick – Dublin road, approximately 4 kilometres from the city centre.
Foynes - Foynes is a town, an island and a Harbour situated on the southern shore of the Shannon Estuary in the west of County Limerick and the N69 scenic driving route passes through the town.
Kilfinane - Kilfinane is a small market town in the south east of County Limerick, nestled within the Ballyhoura Mountain range in the Golden Vale region; at 150 metres above sea level this town has picturesque views.
Kilmallock - Kilmallock is a walled town which was one of the principal towns of the province of Munster in medieval times.
Newcastle West - the county town and largest settlement in County Limerick. The town is pleasantly situated on the river Arra in the rich central plain of County Limerick.
Rathkeale - situated on the River Deel approximately 31 kilometres from Limerick City. The town dates back to at least 1289 and has been influenced by many periods of settlement over the centuries.
Places of interest
Adare - Further information
Adare Manor - a manor house located on the banks of the River Maigue in the village of Adare, County Limerick, Ireland, the former seat of the Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl. The present house was built in the early 19th-century, though retaining some of the walls of the 17th-century structure. It is now the Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, a luxury resort hotel.
Castle Oliver - a Victorian mock castle in the south part of County Limerick, Ireland. Built for entertaining rather than for defense, it has a ballroom, drawing room, library, morning room, dining room and hall which feature hand-painted ceilings, decorated ornamental corbels, superbly executed stained glass windows and stencil work.
Clare Glens - a wooded area with a path up the red sandstone gorge separated by the banks of the Clare river, which separates Counties Tipperary and Limerick, Ireland. Very close to Newport, County Tipperary about 4km. It is located approximately 5km from the Murroe on the R506 road.
Croom Castle - a historic castle in the town of Croom, County Limerick, that is notable for its occupation as one of the principal residences of the Kildare branch of the FitzGerald dynasty.
Curraghchase Forest Park - forest park located in County Limerick. It is 20 km from the city of Limerick, between the towns of Adare and Askeaton. The land was the Hunt/de Vere family estate for 300 years (1657–1957), including the period of the de Vere baronets, also serving as the home of renowned poet and critic Aubrey Thomas De Vere.
Foynes Flying Boat Museum - a village and major port in County Limerick in the midwest of Ireland, located at the edge of hilly land on the southern bank of the Shannon Estuary.
Glin-Estuary Drive - Glin is a village in the northwest of County Limerick, Ireland. It is on the south shore of the River Shannon's estuary, on the N69 road between Foynes and Tarbert.
Glenstal Abbey - a Benedictine monastery of the Congregation of the Annunciation located in Murroe, County Limerick. It is dedicated to Saint Joseph and Saint Columba.
King John's Castle - a 13th-century castle located on King's Island in Limerick, Ireland, next to the River Shannon. Although the site dates back to 922 when the Vikings lived on the Island, the castle itself was built on the orders of King John in 1200.
Lough Gur - a lake in County Limerick, Ireland between the towns of Herbertstown and Bruff. The lake forms a horseshoe shape at the base of Knockadoon Hill and some rugged elevated countryside. It is one of Ireland's most important archaeological sites. Humans have lived near Lough Gur since about 3000 BC and there are numerous megalithic remains there.
Grange Stone Circle - The stone circle comprises a ring of continuous uprights up to 2.8m high, with a diameter of 45m and backed by an earthen bank 9m wide and about 1.2m tall.
The Hunt Museum - Exhibiting one of Ireland's greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities, dating from the Neolithic to the 20th Century
Recommended accommodation in County Limerick
The Mustard Seed, Echo Lodge, Ballingarry - The Mustard Seed Country house has 16 guests rooms all individually designed and each with its own unique character. Rooms are stylish and comfortable combining modern facilities with old world charm - Visit website