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Limerick Guide

Limerick is a beautiful city in the west of Ireland which is really wonderful to explore with your friends. Enjoy the passion and excitement of the city combined with the tranquillity and peace of the river Shannon. Here’s our guide to getting the absolute most out of your time here!

Getting In


Flying is the best way to get to West Ireland by far and so we’d really suggest picking up a flight and touching down in Shannon Airport. Within the UK, Ryanair provides many flights from airports around the country for a great price. Get there fast and cheaply!


This is a little more involved but if you don’t like flying, it’s possible to buy a SailRail ticket for a fairly reasonable cost and combine a ferry trip from Fishguard, Holyhead or Stranraer and then take the train to Limerick.


Now driving to Limerick will take you and the girls a long time but it’s possible to drive to one of the ferry ports, travel over and then continue to drive down and west to Limerick.

Entertainment Venues

University Concert Hall

As the name might suggest, this theatre is located on the campus of Limerick University and regularly hosts music, poetry, dance and plays. Generally, big names aren’t shown here but performances that you’ll all recognise like La Boheme and Evita happen throughout the year and are seriously stunning in this wide, spacious venue.

Lime Tree Theatre

Expect to find a lot of great Irish culture here, from traditional music to dance and comedy. Aside from this however are great tribute bands, as well as experimental dance and theatre. Well worth a look if you’re all fans of the arts.

Limerick Omniplex

Located in the Castletroy shopping centre, this cinema is the perfect place to relax if you’re all in need of a little down time. All the latest releases play here and it’s worth considering if you and your friends are landed with a little spare time on your hands. 

Top of the Shops

Limerick is known for being one of the best places to shop in the whole of west Ireland. Although all the main high street names are there, we’ve put together a selection of all the best local shop which are exclusive to Limerick. Now shop ’til you drop! 

Milk Market

This market has been around since the late 1800s and in recent years has evolved into a seriously hip and trendy shopping destinations. Pick up records, vintage clothes, yummy street food and fresh produce in a gorgeously bustling market environment. Some stalls are set whilst others change every week – not to be missed!

Brown Thomas

This department store is a quintessentially elegant place for the finest of ladies to shop, browse and indulge in a meal or coffee and cake in store. Seriously wonderful! Aside form its quaint and cute nature, this shop does actually stock some lust-worthy designer fashion and make-up brands like Alexander McQueen, Benefit, Bobbi Brown and Chanel, so you can come back home looking like a real VIP or even pick up something to wear on your big night out.


This accessories shop is a tribute to all things sparkly and fabulous and stocks the kind of hats which would look good not only at the upcoming wedding but for any fancy event! Buy brooches, earrings and hairpieces here – if it’s sparkly, you’ll find it in Joli…

Because the best things in life are free…

Hen weekends aren’t well known for being budget, so we’ve found a couple of great ways to pass the time for free on your weekend. Indulge in a little culture, see the biggest sights in Limerick and get the most out of your big weekend!

Limerick City Gallery of Art

Inject a little culture into your hen weekend in Limerick and see some incredible art in the city. Many of the pieces are connected to the local area and are crafted by artists from West Ireland. Along with these are some incredible pieces of photography, line drawings and sculpture. Well worth a visit.

Limericks in Limerick

Ever fancied yourself as a bit of a poet? Even if you haven’t, going along to one of the city’s legendary open mic nights is well worth a look and of course is totally free! Sit back, relax and listen to local Limerick residents do what they do best – spouting hilarious limericks. Try the White House bar or the Loft Theatre.  

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