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  • 1 Hunt Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Rutland St. IRL - Limerick

    This former 18C customs house displays the remarkable collection of John and Gertrude Hunt, experts in religious and medieval art. Among the masterpieces is a carved wood sculpture of Apollo god of the arts, a little equestrian bronze attributed to L..

  • 2 St Mary's Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Mary St. IRL - Limerick

    The oldest building in Limerick, the Anglican Cathedral was built in 1168 by a King of Munster, Dónall Mòr O'Brien, on King's Island in the River Shannon. Parts of the king's palace have been incorporated in the original church (formerly cruciform) b..

  • 3 King John's Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Nicholas St. IRL - Limerick

    A notable example of fortified Norman architecture, King John's Castle was built between 1200 and 1216, and guards Thomond Bridge on the east bank of the River Shannon. It has no keep. However, massive round towers reinforce the gate and the curtain ..

  • 4 Irish Palatine Heritage Centre Interesting

    Museums and art

    Old Railway Buildings IRL - Rathkeale

    The Irish Palatine Heritage Centre, located in a former stationmaster's house which was moved and rebuilt, exhibits photographs, documents, arms, household utensils, as well as other larger items recalling the arrival of Protestant settlers from the ..

  • 5 Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N 69 IRL - Glin

    In the heart of the village, the ruins of the keep of the castle of the knights of Glin stand by the waterside. The modern castle was built around 1780. The battlements and the tower were added around 1820. Inside the castle, the neo-Classical plaste..

  • 6 Georgian House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2 Pery Sq. IRL - Limerick

    This group of six Georgian houses, opposite People's Park, are the epitome of the Newtown Pery district, built by the Pery Tontine Company in 1838. One of the houses has been skillfully restored and stands as a splendid testimonial to Georgian archit..

  • 7 John Square Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    John Sq. IRL - Limerick

    This square was designed in 1751. It is uniformly surrounded on three sides by three-storey houses with simple limestone façades embellished with shouldered architraves on main entrances and plain architraves on red-brick niches. Originally these hou..

  • 8 St John's Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Cathedral Pl. IRL - Limerick

    This Catholic church was built in 1861 in neo-Gothic style. It is located on the southern fringe of the old Irish town. The 85m spire, completed in 1883, is the tallest in Ireland. The earliest mention of a church on this site was in 1205, when Bisho..

  • 9 Lough Gur Interpretive Centre Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    R 514 IRL - Holycross

    The area around Lough Gur is one of the longest-inhabited districts in Ireland. Excavations have provided a great deal of information regarding life in the Stone Ages. Relics from this period, from the Bronze Age, models of stone circles and burial c..

  • 10 Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    R 512 IRL - Kilmallock

    This 13C Dominican foundation was lavishly endowed and given to the Corporation of Kilmallock by Queen Elizabeth I. Among the remaining features worth mentioning are the beautiful transept window and the 27m high tower, elegantly supported by narrow ..

  • 11 Collegiate Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    R 512 IRL - Kilmallock

    This 13C Roman Catholic church dedicated to St Peter and St Paul still has the walls and arches of its nave and the south transept is virtually intact. The tower is part of an ancient round tower.

  • 12 Franciscan friary

    Religious buildings

    Limarick Road IRL - Adare

    On the edge of the Maigue stand the ruins of the Franciscan friary founded by the Earl of Kildare in 1464 and extended during the 15C and 16C. The nave, the choir, the south transept and the cloister are well preserved. Kilmallock Gate was once the m..

  • 13 Desmond Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Limarick Road IRL - Adare

    This early 14C moated castle had already lost much of its strategic importance by the time it was almost entirely destroyed by Cromwell's army. An impressive square tower stands in the inner courtyard. The great hall took would have been on the upper..

  • 14 Adare Manor

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Main St. IRL - Adare

    This small neo-Gothic manor house, now converted into a hotel, was built in 1832 for the Earl of Dunraven,who hired, amongst others, James Pain and Augustus Welby Pugin as architects. Inside, the staircase panelling and long gallery (40 m) are partic..

  • 15 Church of the Most Holy Trinity (Roman Catholic)

    Religious buildings

    Main Street IRL - Adare

    The square tower and the south wall of the present church once formed part of the only monastery in Ireland to be founded by the order of the Trinity and which was built around 1230 by Maurice Fitzgerald, 2nd baron of Offaly. In 1539, at the time of ..

  • 16 Parish church (Anglican)

    Religious buildings

    Main St. IRL - Adare

    The church is made up of a nave and part of the choir of an Augustinian priory, founded in 1315. The cloister (on the north side) was converted into a mausoleum for the Quin family, Earls of Dunraven.

  • 17 Flying Boat Museum

    Museums and art

    Main St. IRL - Foynes

    Before and during the Second World War, the small port of Foynes, in the Shannon Estuary, was a seaplane base. The old terminal building now houses an air and sea museum with numerous models, photographs and flight logs. The radio and weather room, w..

  • 18 Museum

    Museums and art

    Castle Lane IRL - Limerick

    The museum retraces the city's history, particularly the late 19C and early 20C. A very substantial collection of 18C silver objects recalls a now-defunct Limerick craft. The specimens of tambour, needlepoint and tape lace are testimonials to the lac..

  • 19 Old Bishop's Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Church St. IRL - Limerick

    The oldest surviving dwelling in Limerick, this house was designed in the Palladian style by Francis Bindon, a native of Limerick (c.1690-1765). Today, it houses the Limerick Civil Trust.

  • 20 Almshouses

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Nicholas St. IRL - Limerick

    Limerick is unusual among Irish towns in possessing two sets of almshouses, north and south of the castle. Villiers Almshouses, created in 1826 for 12 poor Protestant widows, were designed by James Pain to form three sides of a courtyard in the Bisho..

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