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Visit Limerick after you Fly into Shannon Airport

Shannon Airport is less than 20 minutes from one of Ireland’s oldest and historic cities, Limerick. When you land, you’ll love the relaxed atmosphere at Shannon and you’ll be ready for your next step of your journey. And when travelling through the Mid West of Ireland, Limerick City and County is that perfect next stop for arts, culture, music, and history. Limerick is so near Shannon Airport, it definitely should be explored. 

Ireland’s third largest city, Limerick is currently going through a renaissance in recent years and you’ll find plenty of places stay, eat, and shop and well as the many attractions dotted around the city.


As you arrive in Limerick from Shannon, you’ll travel over the River Shannon, which is straddled by this mediaeval metropolis. Established by the Vikings in 812, its rich medieval history is still evident in the iconic King John’s Castle which sits at the foot of one of its three main bridges.

Throughout the city streets, tall, grand Georgian buildings meet and mix with newer structures built over the last few years as Limerick undergoes a transformation.

History and personality

Full of charm, art, museums, and music, Limerick is also renowned for being the home of Munster Rugby with Thomond Park stadium gracing the sky line on the north side of the city. A trip to Limerick must include a visit to the historic St Mary’s Cathedral. Founded in 1168, the stunning landmark, in the heart of old Limerick, was built on the site of a palace donated by the King of Munster. The Cathedral is the oldest building in this ancient city and is still used today as a place of prayer.

When it comes to culture, the Hunt Museum, and the Limerick City Art Gallery are certainly worth visiting. For entertainment and food, Limerick has it all. The famous Dolan’s Warehouse serves up traditional Irish music and delicious authentic cuisine every night and has also played host to many international musicians and comedians. You’ll also find plenty of atmospheric pubs as well as night clubs and plush, modern bars.

See Adare and County Limerick

After enjoying the passion and charm of Limerick, many visitors move on to a trip to the South West of the county and the popular village of Adare. Picture-postcard thatched cottages and medieval buildings line the main street, while the 19th century Neo-Gothic Adare Manor sits on 840 acres of park land. This stunning resortis not only set to hold the Ryder Cup in 2026, it is also home to Limerick's Michelin star restaurant - The Oak Room. 

Down the south of the county, the magical Lough Gur is perfect spot for a walk. This breath-taking lake side is home to an ancient Celtic stone circle nestled amongst the rolling green hills of the countryside.

Whether Limerick is your final destination or the first step on your Irish tour, we’ll be here ready to welcome you back and see you home safely from Shannon Airport.

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