Limerick Tourism

Located above the Shannon River, Limerick’s historic roots run deep at the King’s Island. The city lies at the head of the Shannon Estuary where the river joins the Atlantic Ocean. A big part of Ireland’s culture and international festivals are held in Limerick and the city is the first to be named ‘The National City of Culture’ in the country. Situated close to the ocean, Limerick is a part of the Wild Atlantic Way Trail.

Limerick has an intrinsically iconic history with its Viking legends and establishments seen in monuments, settlements and their complementing stories. The city dates back to 812 AD. However, presence of earlier settlements in the area surrounding King's Island is well heard of. The earliest map of Ireland was made by antiquity's premier map maker- Ptolemy in 150 AD. The map showed a place called "Regia" at the same site as King's Island.

In 812, the Vikings sailed up the Shannon River and attacked the old city- wrecking the monastery of Mungret. They were subsequently forced to flee when the Irish attacked and killed many of their numbers. However, the Normans are the real designers of the present layout of the city- adding much to its most notable architecture such as King John's Castle and St Mary's Cathedral. The City also helped transform the laws for Catholics all over Ireland during the 17th century Civil war, when the Treaty of Limerick ended the Williamite war.

Today Limerick stands tall over all its ruinous past to offer some of the best stories, travel blogs and a curious sense of peace and tranquillity. The 21st century Limerick is not only a pleasant sightseeing capital during the day but also the busiest nightlife hub- boosting its tourism like never before. While here, be sure to explore the city all through the day and at night. With its charming pubs, cafes and restaurants all set in a medieval time-flux, you will be tempted to cancel your return flights once you visit Limerick.

Essential travel information and Limerick tips for your visit

  • Limerick is best explored on the Coco Cola Zero Bikes as they provide feasible conveyance.
  • The pubs are always swarming with college students since there are many universities here. Do try to be on guard as the students can get a little bit too drunk.
  • The Food in Limerick is sure to cater to your gourmet side. If you don’t try the local cuisine here you have missed a lot of limerick already.
  • For city tours and other information or queries, you can visit the Limerick Tourist Office.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Limerick

  • Know the pollution level of Limerick before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 34.09 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 40 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 36.36 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 65.91 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 36.36 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 34.09 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 47.5 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Limerick for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Limerick.

    • Burglary and Theft 34.3 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 33.14 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 38.95 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 37.5 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 34.88 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 42.26 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 34.3 (Low)
    • Drug offense 64.63 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 82.56 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 53.49 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22.09 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 53.05 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Limerick is 150.18 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 58.77 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 90.75 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 45.47 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33.25 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 70.99 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 38.33 (Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.07 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 83.31 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Limerick

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.25 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.21 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 84.12 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 74.43 USD

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