Limerick's Historical Churches (Self Guided), Limerick

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.
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Limerick's Historical Churches Map

Guide Name: Limerick's Historical Churches
Guide Location: Ireland » Limerick (See other walking tours in Limerick)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: alice
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. John's Cathedral
  • Michael Catholic Church
  • Franciscan Church
  • Augustinian Church
  • Dominican Church
  • Saint Michael's Church
  • Sacred Heart Jesuit Church
  • Mount St. Alphonsus
St. John's Cathedral

1) 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
Michael Catholic Church

2) Michael Catholic Church

The Michael Catholic Church was established in 1781, with some important renovations in 1805 and 1881. This Italianate style structure has a beautiful and simple interior. Look out for the beautiful altar, statues, monuments and a shrine to Pope Pius X at this church, which is an important Limerick landmark.
Franciscan Church

3) Franciscan Church

The Franciscan Church was first established during the 13th Century in another part of town, before it moved to its current location on Henry Street in 1876. As well as its amazing long history, this church has a wonderful neo-classical structure, with an imposing portico, columns and a dome. There are also some beautiful windows and frescos here.
Augustinian Church

4) Augustinian Church

The Augustinian Church was founded by the order of the same name, which was the first religious order to establish itself in Limerick. The present building dates from 1942. This Hiberno-Romanesque style church is topped by a statue of St Joseph and features an amazing stained glass window. Its bells were specially imported from London. Within the church there is also a shrine to St Nicholas of Toletine and an Adoration chapel, as well as a parish bookshop.
Dominican Church

5) 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.
Saint Michael's Church

6) Saint Michael's Church

Located close to the city center, the Saint Michael's Church is a very popular tourist attraction in Limerick. Established in 1781, it underwent some important renovations in 1805 and 1881. The structure of the church is Victorian in style, while the surroundings of the church are classical Georgian.
Sacred Heart Jesuit Church

7) Sacred Heart Jesuit Church

The Jesuit Church was first established in Limerick in 1650 by an Irishman who came back from Rome as a Papal Nuncio. The present church building was erected in 1869, with a façade added in 1900. The church's beautiful interior features what is believed to be the oldest altar in Ireland.
Mount St. Alphonsus

8) Mount St. Alphonsus

The Mount St. Alphonsus is one of Limerick’s most beautiful churches. It was designed in 1879 by architect Thomas Hardwick. This Gothic structure has wonderfully inscribed windows as well as some fascinating sculptures. Listen out for the bells from the Bell Tower to the right of the church building.

Walking Tours in Limerick, Ireland

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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.
Crescent District Tour

Crescent District Tour

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

Downtown Limerick Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
King’s Island District Tour

King’s Island District Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
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Limerick Introduction Walking Tour

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