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Limerick is located in the Southwest of Ireland. Limerick’s most striking feature is the river shannon, flowing majestically beneath the city’s three bridges. Historically Limerick is a city of many contrasts. It contains a medieval core with a later Georgian addition. Of particular importance are King John’s castle, built between the 12th and 16th century and St Mary’s cathedral, built c.1172. Othe highlights include the Old Exchange facade and Almshouses, located on King’s island. Close by are Bunratty castle and folk park, one of Ireland’s leading tourist attractions.

Other popular visitor attractions include Lough Gur Neolithic Settlement, King John’s Castle, Foynes Flying Boat Museum and The Hunt Museum. See below for more visitor attractions in Limerick.

King John's Castle
Built between 1200 and 1210, King John's Castle features an imaginative historical exhibition which tells the story of the castle, archaeological excavations and it also offers panoramic views of Limerick City and the surrounding countryside. The castle itself has survived well over the past 800 years. The courtyard has been modified in the past in order to add army barracks to the complex. As a result of this militant history, the castle does not share some of the features possessed by other Irish castles.

The Hunt Museum
The Hunt Museum, located in The Custom House, Rutland Street. The building was designed in the Palladian style in 1765, by an engineer of Italian origin, Davis Dukart. The museum exhibits a unique internationally renowned private collection of over 2,000 original works of art and antiquity collected by John and Gertrude Hunt over their lifetimes, including works by Yeats, da Vinci and Renoir.

Lough Gur Neolithic Settlement
This is recognised as one of the most important archaeological centres in Ireland, and acknowledged as one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic settlement in North Western Europe. The site includes the remains of stone circles and standing stones, as well as ancient burial chambers and cairns erected up to five thousand years ago.

Foynes Flying Boat Museum
In the early days of flight this was the landing place for Pan Am Clippers from the United States and Europe. The famous flying boats were frequent visitors, carrying a diverse range of people. The museum recreates the infancy of aviation with vivid displays. It has recently completed a €2m revamp, which included the installation of a life-sized Boeing B314 Yankee Clipper, regarded as the Concorde of its day, and the largest and fastest civilian aircraft of its time, flying passengers from the US to Foynes. It carried all the top Hollywood stars across the North Atlantic between 1939 and 1945. One of its major attractions was the famous Honeymoon Suite which was the preferred mode of travel for such screen icons as Humphrey Bogart, Bob Hope and Gracie Fields during the golden age of flying boats.

Bunratty Castle
Located close to Shannon Airport, Bunratty Castle is one of Ireland’s finest examples of an Irish tower house. It has a beautifully preserved collection of Medieval furniture, artifacts and tapestries throughout and medieval banquets are hosted regularly to enable guests to experience the entertainment which existed in the castle’s heyday. The adjacent Folk Park is a living reconstruction of Irish society as it appeared over a century ago. Highlights include Ardcroney Church, moved stone by stone to the park from Co. Tipperary and the Vertical Mill, a classic example of a rural undershot watermill.
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