City Orientation Walk (Self Guided), Limerick

Limerick is one of Ireland's main tourist destinations, located just a 15-minute drive from Shannon Airport. Tourism is growing at a spectacular rate in this region. The city is the first to provide visitors with 'Street Ambassadors' that help tourists make their stay more enjoyable and help them out. Take this orientation walk to visit the most popular attractions of Limerick.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Ireland » Limerick (See other walking tours in Limerick)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: nicole
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The Treaty Stone
  • Saint Munchin's Catholic Church
  • Thomond Bridge
  • Bishop's Palace
  • King John's Castle
  • St. Mary's Cathedral
  • Limerick Museum
  • Hunt Museum
  • The Granary
  • Cruises Street
  • St. John's Cathedral
  • Dominican Church
  • Tait Clock
  • Limerick City Gallery of Art
  • Spring Rice
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The Treaty Stone

1) The Treaty Stone (must see)

The Treaty of Limerick ended both the Siege of Limerick and the war between the Jacobites and the supporters of William of Orange. The treaty protected the rights of the defeated Jacobite landed gentry who chose to remain in Ireland, most of whom were Catholics. This irregular block of limestone, which once served as a mounting block for horses, was where the agreement was signed in October 1691. To this day, Limerick is still sometimes referred to as the Treaty City.

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Saint Munchin's Catholic Church

2) Saint Munchin's Catholic Church (must see)

The Saint Munchin's Catholic Church is located right opposite the Treaty Stone. This beautiful Romanesque style structure was built in 1922, reputedly on the site of an earlier church dating from 1744. Look out for the wonderful Christian and Celtic symbols etched into the stained glass windows and rose windows of this very elegant church.
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Thomond Bridge

3) Thomond Bridge

The earliest bridge, Thomond Bridge, was built near a fording point. It was the scene of a failed defending of the city during the Siege of Limerick. At one ends sits the Treaty Stone, upon which the Treaty of Limerick is said to have been signed. The current bridge was built in 1836, replacing the earlier bridge which was also alongside King John's Castle. The bridge now forms part of the R445 (formerly N7), carrying traffic on the Northern Relief Road.

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Bishop's Palace

4) Bishop's Palace

Located next to the King John’s Castle, the Bishop's Palace is a beautiful 18th Century building of English Palladian style. Formerly the house of the Protestant Bishops, today the building is the headquarters of the Limerick Civic Trust.
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King John's Castle

5) King John's Castle (must see)

The walls, towers and fortifications remain today, and are a visitor attraction. The remains of a Viking settlement were uncovered during the construction of a visitor centre at the site.

In 1197, local legend claims Limerick was given its first charter and its first Mayor, Adam Sarvant. A castle, built on the orders of King John and bearing his name, was completed around 1200.

The walls of the castle were severely damaged in the Siege of Limerick 1642, the first of five sieges of the city in the 17th century. In 1642, the castle was occupied by Protestants fleeing the Irish Rebellion of 1641 and was besieged by an Irish Confederate force under Garret Barry. Barry had no siege artillery so he undermined the walls of King John's Castle by digging away their foundations. Those inside surrendered just before Barry collapsed the walls. However, such was the damage done to the wall's foundations that a section of them had to be pulled down afterward.

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

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St. Mary's Cathedral

6) St. Mary's Cathedral (must see)

St Mary's (also known as Limerick Cathedral), is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland which is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Dublin. Previously the cathedral of the Diocese of Limerick, it is now one of three cathedrals in the United Dioceses of Limerick and Killaloe. The cathedral is open to the public throughout the week, subject to church services.

In 1968, the Irish Government commissioned two postage stamps to commemorate the Cathedral's 800 year anniversary. A picture of one of the stamps is displayed above.

In 1991, there was a massive £2.5 million restoration program that completed in 1996 with the excavation and re-laying of the floors, as well as the installation of underfloor central heating.

Today the Cathedral is still used for its original purpose as a place of worship and prayer for the people of Limerick. It is open to public 6 days a week and on Sunday for worship and visitors are most welcome.

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Limerick Museum

7) Limerick Museum

Limerick City Museum, also known as the Jim Kemmy Municipal Museum, was founded in 1906 and housed in the building which is now the city art gallery. The museum is now located next to the main entrance of King John's Castle on the east bank of the River Shannon.

The ground floor of the museum is dedicated to the history of the city of Limerick and objects associated with the city. Upstairs is an art gallery with temporary displays. The museum is run by Limerick City Council. Entry to the museum is free.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am – 1 pm; 2 pm – 5 pm

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Hunt Museum

8) Hunt Museum (must see)

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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The Granary

9) 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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Cruises Street

10) Cruises Street

Cruises Street is the main shopping street of Limerick, Ireland. The street takes its name from Cruises Royal Hotel, the once well known Limerick landmark that stood where Cruises Street is now.
The street is relatively plain in layout and starts at a junction off O'Connell Street and runs in parallel to Denmark Street to its north and William Street which is to its south. At the centre of the street is a small square called Quimper Square. The street terminates at Chapel Lane which runs perpendicular to the street and connects to Denmark Street and William Street. A small laneway (Todd's Bow) also connects to William Street and Denmark Street from Quimper Square.
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St. John's Cathedral

11) St. John's Cathedral (must see)

Designed by English architect Philip Charles Hardwick, St. John's Cathedral dates from the early 1860s. It features an impressive tall steeple, which was added in 1883 based on a design by M.A. Hennessy. The exterior of St. John's was completely refurbished in 2004, with new roofing and renewed stonework. Today the cathedral cuts an imposing presence on an otherwise undeveloped side of the city centre. You can also visit an important historical Protestant church nearby.

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Dominican Church

12) Dominican Church

The Dominican Church is one of Limerick’s most beautiful churches, and is an attractive draw for visitors to the city as well as local worshipers. Located on Baker Place since 1815, the church was last significantly renovated in 1870. Inside you can see the chapel which was built in memory of former Bishop Terence Albert O'Brien.
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Tait Clock

13) Tait Clock

The Tait Clock was built in 1867 in honor of Limerick mayor Sir Peter Tait, who is best remembered for greatly boosting the local economy by opening the Limerick Clothing Factory. The clock is a tall and beautiful Gothic structure.
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Limerick City Gallery of Art

14) Limerick City Gallery of Art (must see)

The Limerick City Gallery of Art is one of the best places in Limerick to enjoy fine art works. Opened in 1936, the museum has one of the largest art collections in the whole region. Its permanent collection of Irish art from the 18th Century to the present day includes famous names such as Paul Henry and Sean Keating. A number of great rotating exhibitions are also staged here each year, featuring paintings, sculptures, photography and more.
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Spring Rice

15) Spring Rice

The Spring Rice is a beautiful monument located within the People's Park that was erected in 1829. This monument consists of a Greek Doric column upon which rests a statue of Thomas Spring Rice, a very popular local politician. The monument was built by Henry Aaron Baker and the statue was made by Thomas Kirk.

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