Limerick Introduction Walking Tour, Limerick

Limerick Introduction Walking Tour (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.

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 this orientation walk to visit the most popular attractions of Limerick.
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Limerick Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Limerick Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Ireland » Limerick (See other walking tours in Limerick)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: alice
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The Treaty Stone
  • Saint Munchin's Catholic Church
  • King John's Castle
  • St. Mary's Cathedral
  • Hunt Museum
  • St. John's Cathedral
  • Milk Market
  • Cruises Street
  • O'Connell Street
  • O'Connell Monument
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

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.
King John's Castle

3) 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.
St. Mary's Cathedral

4) 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.
Hunt Museum

5) 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.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
St. John's Cathedral

6) 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.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Milk Market

7) Milk Market (must see)

First built in 1830, the Milk Market was originally supported by the city walls on one side. Renovated in 1994, it has become an important Limerick landmark. Open all week long, the market offers all kinds of farm products, with a number of newly-built shops on site as well. Look out for the buskers that make your shopping experience a real treat. On Fridays the market is transformed into an arts and crafts fair.

Operation hours: Friday: 10 am – 3 pm; Saturday: 8 am – 3 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm
Cruises Street

8) 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.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
O'Connell Street

9) O'Connell Street

O'Connell Street (Irish: Sráid Uí Chonaill) is the main thoroughfare of the city of Limerick. It was previously known as George's Street (after George III) until it was renamed after Daniel O'Connell. The street runs in parallel to the River Shannon and forms part of an overall thoroughfare, along with Rutland Street and Patrick Street, that bisects Limerick City Centre in a north east to south west direction. The street is about a mile in length, starting at the Arthurs Quay / Denmark Street junction and ending at The Crescent. A monument to Daniel O'Connell stands at the centre of The Crescent overlooking O'Connell Street. The street is noted for its Georgian architectural heritage.

Retail outlets on O'Connell Street include Brown Thomas, Debenhams and Penneys, while O'Mahony's have a large bookstore there founded in 1902. The George Hotel is also located on the street, which also acts as a regional financial services centre with a number of large retail banking operations, including Bank of Ireland, AIB, Permanent TSB, Ulster Bank and KBC Bank.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
O'Connell Monument

10) O'Connell Monument

The O'Connell Monument is one of Limerick’s most famous monuments. It was erected in 1857 in honor of Daniel O'Connell, a very influential Irish politician from the 19th Century. This bronze statue depicts O'Connell bearing the Act of Catholic Emancipation.