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Downtown Limerick Tour, Limerick
Downtown Limerick Tour
Guide Location: Ireland » Limerick
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
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Author: alice
This self-guided walking tour is included in the iOS app "City Maps and Walks (470+ Cities)" in iTunes and the Android app "Limerick Map and Walks" in Google Play.
As a city that dates back to pre-Viking times, Limerick has seen its fortunes rise and fall many times over the course of more than a millennium. Today, the city retains a rich heritage of beautiful buildings that highlight some of the different times and styles Limerick has seen. Take our Downtown Tour to see the top attractions of central Limerick.
Tour Stops and Attractions
Sarsfield Memorial Statue
1) Sarsfield Memorial Statue
The Sarsfield Memorial Statue honors General Patrick Sarsfield, who is famous for defending Limerick when it was under siege in the 1690s. This impressive statue by John Lawlor is more than 120 years old.
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Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery
2) Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery
The Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery offers space for about 40 local artists to create and exhibit their artworks. The gallery holds exhibitions every month, with several international exhibitions each year.
Image Courtesy of Flickr and Maryse Casol
The Granary
3) The Granary
Located in the very center of Limerick overlooking the Abbey River, the Granary is one of the most popular landmarks in the city. This building is a former warehouse that was built in 1787 by local merchant Philip John Roche. Today it houses the Trinity Rooms, the City Library as well as office space.
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Mathew Bridge
4) Mathew Bridge
The Mathew Bridge is dedicated to Fr. Theobald Mathew, who is famous for establishing the temperance movement. Designed by William Henshaw, the bridge was built in 1846 on the site of an older structure.
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Roland Czaczyk
Hunt Museum
5) Hunt Museum
The Hunt Museum is holding a personal collection donated by the Hunt family, it was originally situated in the University of Limerick, before being moved to its present location in 1997. It can now be visited in the old custom house, an historic 18th century building. The east end of Limerick's quays began at this area of the river, recently made home to a marina.

The Customs House is regarded as the most distinguished 18th century building in Limerick. It is an elegant Palladian-style building designed by the Italian architect, Davis Ducart, in 1765. In the 1840s with the introduction of a new postal system a Penny Post Office was opened in the Customs House.

The Hunt Museum holds about 2000 different artifacts, both from Ireland and abroad. The oldest pieces are from stone-age Ireland and ancient Egypt. The collection includes the Antrim Cross, dresses by Irish designer Sybil Connolly, drawings by Picasso and a bronze horse once thought to be a design by Leonardo da Vinci for a large monument. The Museum's most significant collection is its Irish medieval collection which includes the fifteenth century O'Dea Mitre and Crozier, on loan from the Roman Catholic diocese of Limerick.

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday and Bank Holidays: 2 pm - 5 pm.

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1916 Memorial
6) 1916 Memorial
The Sarsfield Bridge Monument commemorates the 1916 Rising and is located on the bridge just above the Limerick Rowing Club building.

An earlier monument on this site was a statue of Viscount Fitzgibbon, who was killed in The Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava in 1854, flanked by two Russian cannon captured in the Crimean War. This statue was blown up by the Irish Republican Army in 1930. The War of Independence memorial is located at the northern end of the bridge, commemorating two former mayors of Limerick (George Clancy and Michael O'Callaghan), among others, who were killed by the British in 1921. The quays on the northern shore are called Clancy Strand and O'Callaghan Strand in their honor.

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Sarsfield Bridge
7) Sarsfield Bridge
The second of Limerick's River Shannon crossings is now called Sarsfield Bridge, to commemorate Patrick Sarsfield, the Earl of Lucan, who is renowned in Limerick for his role in the Williamite War and the 1691 siege and Treaty of Limerick in particular. The bridge was opened as Wellesley Bridge on 5 August 1835, following 11 years of construction. It was a particularly important development for the city as it allowed expansion to the northern shore of the river.

The bridge itself consists of five large and elegant elliptical arches with an open balustrade, running from a man-made island, originally called Wellesley Pier but now known as Shannon Island, to the northern shore, and a simple flat, swivel deck with iron lattice railings crossing a canal and road from the island to what was known as Brunswick Street, now Sarsfield Street. The swivel end is no longer functional, although some of its heavy machinery is still intact underneath the roadway. A lock system has replaced the swivel section to allow for the passage of smaller boats. Apart from this, the bridge has remained largely unchanged since it opened and still has its original lamp standards.

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Church of the Holy Rosary
8) Church of the Holy Rosary
Built in 1950, the Church of the Holy Rosary was made out of wood because it was intended only as a temporary structure. Nevertheless, it still stands today in good condition. The church has been ornamented by well-known contemporary artists like Evie Hone, Oisin Kelly, Imogen Stuart and others.
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