A fun filled weekend in Limerick

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Limerick, one of the largest cities in Ireland and located in the west of the island is a city which is worth hitting up to explore, eat, drink and sleep. The city makes it an ideal base for those visiting the nearby Cliffs of Moher or taking a drive on the Wild Atlantic Way but we also found that the city has so much to offer. Here is our guide on what to do for a weekend getaway in this charming, historic city.

Limerick, Ireland

King John’s Castle – take a step back in time and explore this well preserved castle located on King’s Island (yes, there is an island in the heart of Limerick) where a couple of hours is needed. The castle explains the history and who ruled this area many centuries ago, as the Vikings, English, Normans all came and went but used the castle as a stronghold before things calmed down for the last few centuries. Here we explored the massive courtyard and mastered some archery before checking out all the different rooms and climbing staircases up in the towers to get amazing views of the city.

Limerick, Ireland
King John’s Castle
Limerick, Ireland
King John’s Castle
Limerick, Ireland
King John’s Castle
Limerick, Ireland
A canon ball found in the walls of the castle back in 1993
Limerick, Ireland
Claire having fun checking out the museum inside King John’s castle
Limerick, Ireland
One of the views from the top of the tower at King’s John castle
Limerick, Ireland
…and another view to the north. Simply beautiful.

Take a walking tour with a local – another highlight for us was doing a walking tour of the King’s Island and around the River Shannon with a local which organised through the Limerick Tourist Office. We were taken around Kings Island, King John’s castle, the treaty stone, the 1916 commemorative garden and St Mary’s Cathedral. The knowledge by the guide was very informative and we managed to listen to every single word because our guide made the tour very interesting, interacted with the visitors and made sure we had fun.

Limerick, Ireland
The treaty stone in Limerick
Limerick, Ireland
Limerick’s 1916 commemorative plaques in the garden beside the River Shannon
Limerick, Ireland
Thomond Bridge and Saint Munchin’s Roman Catholic church

St Mary’s Cathedral & the Prince of Montenegro – the cathedral has stood here since the 11th century and is worth a look around. For us we found the story of the resting place for Prince Milo of Montenegro rather interesting. Who is this prince you ask and why is there a connection between him and the cathedral. Well, the prince is buried here but the story of how he got buried here in Limerick we found amazing. If we wasn’t told (by our walking tour guide) he was buried here, we wouldn’t of known because his grave isn’t anything special or spectacular, just a normal grave with an average head stone.

Limerick, Ireland
St Mary’s Cathedral

Prince Milo was born in 1887 and died in 1978. Whilst a prince, he studied at the Military school in St Petersburg, Russia and made friends with Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra. Life turned for the worse when the prince was deposed off in 1919 and fled, ending up in the United States. Years went by and he landed up in the Limerick area. Here he made his final will and stated that he wanted to be buried in the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral, to which this was carried out. After his death, years went by until the cathedral in 2011 received an official letter from the Montenegro government, stating that they wish to see the body of prince sent back to the country for an official burial there. This was refused as Prince Milo wanted to be buried in Limerick.

Limerick, Ireland
Prince Milo

Another interesting fact is that the Prince’s daughter is still alive and is known as Princess Milena who lives with her husband in California. She is a retired school teacher and when she was growing up, she like her father, hoped to see Montenegro as a free country again. Her father didn’t of course as the country gained independence in 2006 but she did see it.   

Limerick, Ireland
The resting place of Prince Milo of Montenegro

Whiskey tasting at Michael Flannery’s Pub – a lot of people back home (for us in the United Kingdom) say a trip to Ireland isn’t complete without trying a pint of the black stuff (Guinness) but for us, it would be disaster if we didn’t try any Irish Whiskey. We were happy to try this at Michael Flannery’s pub on Upper Denmark Street , which is an traditional Irish Bar who has one of the largest Irish Whiskey collections in the country (around 140 in stock). Whilst tasting the Irish Whiskey, we were given an in depth talk and information on them by a very informative guide. We were given three different types of Irish Whiskey to try and we are so glad we had the opportunity to do this.

Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum – about forty minutes away to the west in the village of Foynes on the banks of the River Shannon, is the Flying Boat and Maritime Museum, where before the Second World War, planes would take off from the water and fly across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States, making this the home of the first flights to travel between Europe and North America. This museum is also the home of where Irish Coffee was first invented. Want to know more then check out our post here.

Limerick, Ireland, Froynes
Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum
Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum
Irish coffee at Foynes

Read Also: Stepping Back in Time at Foynes Flying Boat Museum

The Copper Room – located at 100 o’Connell Street (this place is hard to find if you don’t know where it is), this is the top place to go and have some wine, port and cheese. At The Copper Room they have a huge selection of local and international cheeses, pates, and meats that can be paired with the right wine or port. We have to say, we were delighted to check out this establishment, the cheeses were amazing, the decor inside very rustic (which we liked), the staff very helpful and knew their stuff on what cheese board and what wine to have with it  and of course, we came away very happy.

Copper Room, Limerick, Ireland
The Copper Room
Copper Room, Limerick, Ireland
The Copper Room
Copper Room, Limerick, Ireland
The Copper Room
Copper Room, Limerick, Ireland
The Copper Room
Copper Room, Limerick, Ireland
The Copper Room
Copper Room, Limerick, Ireland
The Copper Room

Whilst in Limerick, visitors would need accommodation. We found that a stay at The Clayton Hotel on the outskirts of the city centre is a fantastic place to stay, comfortable bed, brilliant views and the food very sublime.

Clayton Hotel, Limerick, Ireland
The Clayton Hotel

 

 

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9 Responses

  1. Limerick looks amazing! Ireland is on my places to visit! I’ll have to check this out! Thanks for sharing these great places to go! I LOVE castles!

  2. WoW!!!.. The story of prince is lil bit heart touching. Limerick is beautiful and i am going to keep it in my bucket list.

  3. The whole of Ireland is simply mesmerizing and I loved the country. However, I didn’t get the chance to explore Limerick when I was there and I obviously missed a lot. Exceptional pictures! Is a weekend enough to see all the highlights there?

  4. Limerick looks like an excellent travel destination. Thanks for putting together this great guide.

  5. I still have to know a lot about Ireland and this post did help. Limerick sounds charming and we should add it on our itinerary if time permits. Is the weather always so grey?

  6. I would definitely like to do that tour, as I think when visiting somewhere with so much history, a great guide really brings it to life, rather than trying to read from a book or the web as you self tour. I love the look of the whisky tasting and Irish coffees too!

  7. I’m going to Ireland soon and find this very helpful! I definitely want to visit a pub because why wouldn’t you. And that is very interesting story about the Prince and his burial.

  8. Yum, those Irish coffees look so good! I didn’t make it to Limerick when I was last there, but will stop by next time. That’s so cool the princess is still actually alive and is a retired schoolteacher! A great tale to tell for sure.

  9. I can’t wait to come to Ireland and see those beautiful castles. Is it possible to travel from Northern Island to the South? Does it require a separate visa?

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