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Limerick City offers a fantastic central location to explore the Shannon and Southwest regions and now with the ever improving road/highway links we are within a short distance to all the major tourist attractions. This gives you the convenience of a city center location whilst having the advantage of less time in the car!

Go West!

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park - 15 minutes from Limerick City on the N18

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. We invite you to wander through the castle and marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country which brings to life a vital part of our Medieval past.  Bunratty Castle closes each day at 4pm to prepare for the Medieval Banquet.

The Cliffs of Moher - 1 hour 15 minutes

Take the N18 to Ennis from Ennis take the N85 to Ennistymon where you turn left onto the N67(signposted Lahinch)

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's top Visitor attractions. 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.

The Burren & Aliwee Caves -

50 minutes Drive take N18 to Galway and turn off at N65 towards Ballyvaughan

Located in the heart of the Burren In County Clare. Forty minutes from both Galway and Shannon. Perched high on its Burren terraced mountain side with what has to be one of the most spectacular views of Galway Bay. It is a must for all who find themselves in the area.

The Burren is a place full of wonder, beauty and discovery. Let the staff at AILLWEE CAVE welcome you to the dramatic underworld of this area. Expert guides will accompany and inform you during your leisurely tour. The tour consists of a 30 minute stroll through the beautiful caverns – over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor! Unique Cave Features Marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the now extinct brown bears bones (ursos arctos).

Galway City - 1 hour on the N18

Galway City at the mouth of Galway Bay is both a picturesque and lively city with a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned speciality shops, often featuring locally made crafts. Indeed local handcrafts are a feature of the entire region including hand knits, pottery, glass, jewellery and woodwork.

Feel like staying overnight why not stay at our sister hotel The Harbour Hotel right in the city.

Its a long way to Tipperary!!!

Moneygall, Co Offaly - 35 minutes drive take the M7 towards Dublin

Ancestral home of US President Barack Obama why not race back his roots.
Moneygall is small village located in the centre of Ireland, on the border of North Tipperary & South Offaly once a quiet rural village it played host to the biggest visit to Ireland in recent years of the 44th President of the United States Of America Barack Obama.

The Rock of Cashel - 1 hour on the N24

It's huge, it's complex, it's iconic, there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world and it's right here in Cashel at the heart of Tipperary. The Rock of Cashel (Carraig Phádraig), more formally St. Patrick's Rock, it is also known as Cashel of the Kings. Reputedly the site of the conversion of Aenghus the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century AD. Long before the Norman invasion The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster, although there is little structural evidence of their time here. Most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries when the rock was gifted to the Church. The buildings represent both Hiberno-Romanseque and Germanic influences in their architecture. Recently played host to the historic visit of her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth.

Go South!

Adare - 15 minutes on N21

Situated in the south west of Ireland, Adare is regarded as being Ireland's prettiest and most picturesque village, and is a haven for those wihing to escape and unwind taking in its medieval surroundings. Situated on the river Maigue, a tributary of the river Shannon, Adare is steeped in history dating back to 1200ad. Adare has been the subject of many rebellions, wars and conquests, leaving behind a legacy of historical monuments. In the early 19th century, the Earl of Desmond, laid the plan for the existing streets and townhouses of Adare. These lands and dwellings were rented to tenants, under various agreements, some of which still exist today.

Cragg Caves - 1 hour N21

Discovered in 1983 and thought to be over 1 million years old Crag Cave is a magical wonderland of stalagmites and stalactites. It is an all weather visitor attraction located in Castleisland Co. Kerry 2 km off the N21.

Killarney - Ring of Kerry 1 Hour 30 minutes on N21

Take in the legendary lakes of Killarney by starting at Ross Castle, where you can rent a boat to roam the Lakes and Innisfallen Island.  During your visit to Killarney one must go and see the Killarney National Park where Muckross House is the focal point. A 19th Century Manor house, which is now a Folk Museum with a blacksmith, weaver, potter and harness-maker at work, where no cars are allowed, and you can tour on foot or horse-drawn jaunting car. Also within the park is Torc Waterfall, one of the most spectacular in Ireland and best viewed after heavy rain.

Blarney Castle and Cork City - 1 hour 10 minutes on N20

Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures.
Now that might have something to do with the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our Tower. Kiss it and you'll never again be lost for words.

Cork City is a Regional Capital, at the centre of an area of outstanding natural beauty and Ireland's premier tourism region. The City Council, working with Cork County Council and other agencies have come together to form the Cork Marketing Partnership “to undertake Cork promotional initiatives, develop and promote business tourism and assist in promoting economic development in the Cork region”. 

Dublin - 1 hour 35 minutes on N7 

Dublin City Dublin is one of Europe’s oldest cities. As well as retaining its historical and cultural charms, Dublin offers trendy bars, elegant restaurants and stylish, cosmopolitan shops and hotels. There’s never been a better time to visit Dublin, a city that is rivaling Europe’s elite for hip appeal

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