For the Culture Vulture:
Where to Stay: The Savoy Hotel, this luxurious 5* boutique hotel is the shining light of Limerick Hotels and is set in the heart of the city – meaning Limerick is your oyster for the duration of your stay
What to See: The world famous Hunt Museum, an extensive once private collection of antiquarian’s John & Gertrude Hunt & King John Castle, Limericks 13th century stronghold are a short stroll away. The Belltable, the city’s renowned theatre, showcases some of the regions talent, and is a great option for theatre buffs! Additionally there are a multitude of cultural events planned throughout the year to celebrate Limerick’s City of Culture title.
Where to eat: With Hamptons Bar & Grill downstairs from the hotel you won’t have to travel too far for a great menu and afterwards enjoy “the best cocktail in town” in the Savoy Bar.
For the Sports Addict:
Where to stay: The Clarion Hotel – this hotel is so synonymous with rugby, it was built to resemble the shape of the ball and has been the host of numerous Munster RFC post Heineken Cup victory parties! It’s a stone throw from the grounds and is the atmospheric place to be pre-match.
What to See: In a word, Thomond Park! You can’t come to Limerick and not visit the home of Munster Rugby. The rugby season runs from late August right to the end of May, and there’s even a sports museum on site. A rugby match here is an experience not to be missed by any sports fan and will leave you with feeling exhilarated; fans here are called the 16th man!
Where to Drink: Head to former Munster star Peter Clohessey’s Sports Bar for some post match discussions or pile into the snug in Jerry Flannery's bar and find out what the proprietor thought of the game!
For the Spa Aficionado:
Where to Stay: When it comes to Spa Hotels In Limerick No 1 Pery Square is the worst kept secret, and is the place to be for anyone in need of some serious spoiling! This urban spa uses the Irish Organic range, Voya and offers a range of exquisitely relaxing treatments that will leave you reinvigorated.
Where to go: You don’t even need to leave the hotel – the spa is on site. Everything you need is in house – no thinking, no decisions, no stress!
Where to eat: Check out the fantastic Brasserie One, the award winning in house restaurant.
For the Foodie:
Where to Stay: A stay in The Mustard Seed in Eco Lodge is any foodies dream. Originally set in the quaint village of Adare, the fine dining restaurant has since moved to the 18th century Country House at Eco Lodge, Ballingarry. Relax with a stroll around the grounds and take in the substantial kitchen garden that provides much of the vegetables and herbs featured on the menu. And the best bit – you can even bring your dog!
Where to Go: Check out the local village of Adare, with its 10th century church and adorable thatched cottages, it’s a stroll back in time. Golfers can enjoy two local courses and follow in the footsteps of golfing stars like Tiger Woods & Rory McElroy who played in Adare Manor Golf Course in JP McManus’s Pro-Am in 2010
Where to Eat: For the main event – the award winning The Mustard Seed offers a range of menus, including an 8 course-tasting menu for a truly gastronomical experience.
For the Adventurers:
Where to stay: Deebert House Hotel is set in the rolling hills of Kilmallock, Co Limerick and is the gateway to Ballyhoura country and since the opening of Ballyhoura Way in 2007; they have hosted a plethora of adrenalin junkies! Ballyhoura is home to the largest trail network of its kind in Ireland – the cycle tracks include boardwalks, tight twisting single tracks, technical rocky obstacles & spectacular views. There are a number of trails to choose from, ranging from the relatively easy 6km to an arduous 50km and are not for the faint hearted!
What to do: If the lure of extreme cycling doesn’t do it for you, there are numerous walking trails, horse riding and a range of family activities in the area. The historical town of Kilmallock is definitely worth a visit, with its medieval walls and the close-by Lough Gur Heritage Centre will take you back to the Stone age; there’s evidence of habitation here since the Neolithic period.
Where to eat: After a adrenalin packed day, the last thing you want to worry about is finding a restaurant and luckily you need look no further than The Cloister Restaurant at Deebert House – the menu provides the finest in traditional & international fare and won’t disappoint hungry tummies!