If too much culture is never enough then Limerick is the place for you, it is steeped in history and has an international reputation for The Arts. We are the home to The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and the birthplace of The Cranberries, arts and culture is in our DNA here in Limerick. We have exceptional live music and events venues with concerts in King John’s Castle the University Concert Hall on our doorstep, Dolans Live music venue is only 15 minutes away. We have a thriving theatre and drama scene, and we love live comedy here too!
History is everywhere you look in Limerick and the surrounding areas. King John’s Castle and Visitor Centre, The Hunt Museum and St Mary’s Cathedral are located in Limerick city only minutes away. While the famous Adare Village and Heritage Centre, Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum (birthplace of the famous Irish Coffee) and Lough Gur are all within very close proximity.
If you don’t know where to start, here are some suggestions for you.
If you love history then King John’s Castle is a must, located in the heart of Limerick’s medieval quarter and tells the story of 800 years of local history. The visitor center with state of the art interpretive activities and exhibitions brings the history of siege and warfare to life.
St Mary’s Cathedral founded in 1168 on King’s Island, is the oldest part of Limerick city and still a place of worship, all are welcome to take a tour or attend an event here. There are 6 chapels within the Cathedral all with stunning features such as carved wood, stained glass, beautiful architecture and workmanship. Evidence of more turbulent times are still visable, as the damage from the cannon ball fire of the 1691 siege can still be seen.