King’s Island District Tour (Self Guided), Limerick

Limerick is a historic Irish city with lots of interesting tourist attractions to be seen. One of its most famous areas is King’s Island, where visitors can see amazing medieval castles, modern buildings, beautiful churches and fascinating museums. Take our King’s Island Tour to see all the top attractions of this part of the city.
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King’s Island District Tour Map

Guide Name: King’s Island District Tour
Guide Location: Ireland » Limerick (See other walking tours in Limerick)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: alice
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The Treaty Stone
  • Saint Munchin's Catholic Church
  • Thomond Bridge
  • Bishop's Palace
  • Island Theatre Company
  • King John's Castle
  • Limerick Museum
  • St. Mary's Cathedral
  • Baals Bridge
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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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.
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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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.
Island Theatre Company

5) Island Theatre Company

The Island Theatre Company is an unusual Limerick landmark. Erected in 1827, the building served as a church for more than a century. After falling into disrepair, it was renovated in 1980 and transformed into a dancing studio and theatre venue. This limestone Gothic building with its high square tower echoes the St. Mary Cathedral in appearance and architectural detail. Next to the site you can visit an old graveyard.
King John's Castle

6) 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
Sight description based on wikipedia
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
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Mary's Cathedral

8) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Baals Bridge

9) Baals Bridge

The Baals Bridge is a beautiful single-arch bridge that dates from 1831. There previously stood another bridge here that had four arches and even contained houses within its structure. At the time of its reconstruction, an old brass square from 1507 was found at the Baals Bridge. Its inscription states: “I will strive to live with Love and Care Upon the Level By the Square.”

Walking Tours in Limerick, Ireland

Create Your Own Walk in Limerick

Create Your Own Walk in Limerick

Creating your own self-guided walk in Limerick is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Limerick's Historical Churches

Limerick's Historical Churches

Limerick is one of Ireland’s most beautiful cities, with a number of interesting landmarks and wonderful architecture, both old and new. One of the top architectural attractions of Limerick is its outstanding churches and other religious sights. Take our Churches tour to see the most prominent sacred sites in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Limerick Introduction Walking Tour

Limerick Introduction Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Crescent District Tour

Crescent District Tour

The historic Irish city of Limerick is home to a great number of beautiful attractions for tourists to enjoy. Here in the Crescent area visitors can enjoy top-quality art galleries, fascinating museums, elegant monuments and much more. Take our Crescent Tour to see all the best attractions in this part of the city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Downtown Limerick Tour

Downtown Limerick Tour

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 Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles