Limericks Historic Attractions
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The Treaty Stone
Limerick is known as the Treaty City, so called after the Treaty of Limerick signed on the 3rd of October 1691 after the war between William III of Hanover of England and his Father in Law King James II.
The Treaty, according to tradition was signed on a stone in the sight of both armies at the Clare end of Thomond Bridge on the 3rd of October 1691. just a 10 minute stroll from the Limerick Strand Hotel
The stone was for some years resting on the ground opposite its present location, where the old Ennis mail coach left to travel from the Clare end of Thomond Bridge, through Cratloe woods en route to Ennis.
The Treaty stone of Limerick has rested on a plinth since 1865, at the Clare end of Thomond Bridge. The pedestal was erected in May 1865 by John Rickard Tinslay, mayor of the city a must see for ant visitor to Limerick
The White House Pub
Every Wednesday the White House Bar is transformed into a centre of culture as poets recite their latest work. Barney Sheehan - behind the revival of poetry at the White House, continues to attract the best of Irish and International poetry to Limerick. Located just 10 minutes from the Limerick Strand Hotel by foot!
The readings have provided an open, supportive venue for countless poets to perform their work, and has fostered a community of poetry.
These Readings are preceded by an Open Mic Session in which anyone who wishes to read is invited to do so. Complimentary finger food is provided and there is free admission.
St Johns Square & Cathedral
St John's Cathedral has the highest spire in Ireland at 308 feet and 3 inches from the base of the tower to the top of the Cross. The Cathedral is an example of Victorian Gothic design. The tower tapers into a spire at 163 feet high.
An iron cross was placed on the top of the spire on 27 September 1882. However three days later the cross was knocked during a storm. Little damage was caused to the building and a new cross was placed on the spire in August of the following year. A lighting conductor was also placed on top of the spire in 1883.
Located just 10 minutes from the Limerick Strand Hotel a must see when visiting Limerick
Foynes Flying Boat Museum
The Foynes Flying Boat Museum, housed in the original terminal building in County Limerick, recalls that nostalgic era when Foynes became the centre of the aviation world from 1939 to 1945.
The Museum has a comprehensive range of exhibits and graphic illustrations, where you can learn about the history of the flying boats in an authentic 1940′s cinema, featuring the award winning film ‘Atlantic Conquest’.
The original Terminal Building, Radio and Weather Room, complete with transmitters, receivers and Morse code equipment are also showcased at the museum.
Opening: Open Daily: 10am - 6pm from April – October. Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Admission: Adults: € 9.00, Seniors/Students: € 7.00, Children under 14: € 5.00, Children under 5: FREE, Family Ticket: € 25.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children)
King Johns Castle
Just a 5 minute walk from the hotel Limericks most iconic landmark! A 13th century Castle on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City. The Castle overlooks the majestic River Shannon offering wonderful views of Limerick City. Discover history at its best, magnificent views and life in Norman times. Explore 800 years of history brought to life in the imaginative historical exhibition, excavated pre-Norman houses, siege mines, and the battlement walks.
The sights, scenes and sounds of the Castle and its environs all combine to recreate the atmosphere of the era.
Opening Times: 10am - 5pm, last admission 4pm (Closed Dec 24th/25th/26th)
Admission Prices: Adult €9.00, Child €5.50, Student/ OAP €6.65, Family Ticket (2 Adults+2 Children) €20.60
Just 10 minutes from the hotel a must see for any visitor to Limerick City. Exhibiting one of Ireland's greatest private collections of art and antiquities, dating from the Neolithic to the 20th Century, including works by Renoir, Picasso and Yeats.
The Hunt Museum houses a diverse collection of antiquities and fine and decorative art. It reflects the tasted and interests of the two people who formed it, John and Gertrude Hunt.
There are artefacts from Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Olmec civilisation. There is also an important collection of Irish archaeological material ranging from Neolithic flints and Bronze Age material, including a Bronze Age shield and cauldron, to later Christian objects such as the unique 9th century Antrim Cross.
One of the strengths of the collection is the medieval material, which include statues in stone and wood, painted panels, jewellery, enamels, ivories, ceramics, crystal and crucifixes.
18th and 19th century decorative arts are also represented with fine examples of silver, glass and ceramics.
Frank McCourt Museum
Step back to 1930's Ireland and see how the young life was for the prize winning author. Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes was published to critical acclaim in 1996- Angela's Ashes a memoir about his poverty stricken childhood in Limerick topped The New York Times best seller list for months. The Frank McCourt Museum opened in 2011 and is situated in the heart of Limerick City just 10 minutes from the Limerick Strand Hotel in a Tudor style building- that was once known as Leamy School. Frank McCourt was a former student of the school, and the museum has resembled Frank's former classroom. The museum has a large collection of memorabilia relating to Angela's Ashes and 1930's Ireland. From bicycles to bed-pans this quirky museum is sure to enthral literary and history enthusiasts.
A haven for foodies, just 10 minutes from the Limerick Strand Hotel Here you’ll discover the very best of fresh, natural produce from great farmhouse cheeses and chutneys, just-caught fish and artisan meats, organic fruit & vegetables, to delicious healthy breads and fresh pressed juices.
Limerick Market has become a haven for all who care about the provenance and quality of the food they eat. From passionate amateur cooks to people on the look-out for variety and value or to those who just love finer foods, this market has it all.
But it’s not just the variety and quality of food and horticultural produce on offer that makes the Market so special – it is also about the people and the place.
Most of the stallholders are themselves producers who grow, rear or bake the food they sell. Others are importers with an intimate knowledge of the product they source from far and wide.
As it has evolved the Milk Market has gained a reputation as a repository of culinary skills, knowledge and understanding, all of which are imparted during the discourse of the market day.
It is a place to explore, to ask questions, to discover new flavours and savour the unique atmosphere at hand.
Of course you cannot but notice that the Milk Market venue is now weather proofed, as it is housed under the cover of Ireland’s largest single column support canopy.
Fri: 11am to 5pm / Sat: 8am to 4pm / Sun: 11am to 4pm
Thomond Park Rugby Experience
Follow in the footsteps of the Munster heroes by taking a look behind the scenes at the historic Thomond Park Stadium. The stadium tour takes you to places usually only accessible to players and officials. From a seat in the home dressing room to a walk down the tunnel, the tour gives you a unique opportunity to experience how the Munster players feel on big match days. The Full Stadium Tour consists of a museum visit and film, entry to the home and away dressing rooms, plus visits to pitch-side and the Munster dugout.
A must for any visitor to Limerick located just 10 minutes from the hotel
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's top Visitor attractions just 1 hour from the Limerick Strand Hotel, perfect day trip when visiting the west!
The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. The Cliffs of Moher take their name from a ruined promontory fort “Mothar” which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make room for a signal tower.
Where you unlock the door to an Ireland full of treasures. For visitors who wish to experience the best of Irish hospitality and history, visit Bunratty Castle one of Irelands top tourist attractions just 15 minutes from the hotel. Shannon Heritage have been entertaining visitors in our castles since 1963. In that time over 4.5 million people have enjoyed evenings in four distinct and unique venues:
The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times.
Today, the castle stands peacefully in delightful grounds. The houses and cottages of the folk park spread out at the foot of its massive walls, much in the way that the cottages and crofts of old would have clustered around its base.
Crescent Shopping Centre
The Crescent Shopping Centre is the biggest and most successful shopping complex outside of Dublin.
On Limerick’s Dooradoyle Road, the Crescent is just two miles from Limerick city centre. The Limerick shopping centre is easily accessible from the city by the local road network.