Are you looking for a memorable family day out filled with adventure, history, local charm, and delicious food? Look no further than the beautiful city of Limerick! Nestled along the banks of the River Shannon, Limerick offers a brilliant mix of modern attractions, historical landmarks, vibrant street art, and mouthwatering culinary experiences that will keep the whole family entertained. We did a brilliant family day out in Limerick last weekend and here’s what we got up to…
1. Limerick Milk Market: A Food Lovers Paradise
Start your day with a visit to the iconic Limerick Milk Market,. The market, which is covered by an impressive white tent, is situated in the heart of the city. Honestly it’s a haven for food enthusiasts. Open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the Limerick Milk Market boasts a diverse array of stalls, each offering a unique selection of fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, pastries, and international delights. This historic market has been a bustling hub since the 1850s. There are also some great vintage and craft shops worth checking out. Mini hot chocolates for the kids and gourmet toasted sandwiches for the grown ups from Green Acres are a must.
2. International Rugby Experience: Embrace the Spirit of the Sport
For sports-loving families or even those new to rugby, the International Rugby Experience is an absolute must-visit attraction. Located in the heart of Limerick city on O’Connell Street, this interactive and immersive museum offers an unforgettable journey through the some of the history of rugby, showcasing the spirit and passion behind the game.
Step into the shoes of legendary players, witness iconic moments, and learn about the evolution of rugby over the years. The museum boasts state-of-the-art exhibits, including virtual reality experiences and interactive challenges that will engage visitors of all ages. Feel the excitement of the stadium atmosphere as you simulate the roar of the crowd and make the winning try!
We had an absolute ball here, and it far exceeded my expectations. The interactive exhibits got really competitive as we all competed to see who would get the best score for kicking, throwing and running. There’s a great balance of history and some memorabilia but a brilliant focus on the key qualities that make a rugby star which the kids loved.
The International Rugby Experience is not only entertaining but also educational, making it a perfect destination for both children and adults. It instills a sense of sportsmanship and camaraderie, reminding us of the values that sports can teach us. It is well worth a visit and a must do activity if you’re planning a visit to Limerick.
3. King John’s Castle: Unravel Limerick’s History
We completed our family fun day out with a visit to King John’s Castle, a majestic fortress steeped in history. Dominating the Limerick skyline, this iconic landmark allows visitors to step back in time and immerse themselves in Ireland’s medieval past. I have no idea how I’ve lived beside this iconic landmark for all these years but only managed to visit this year for the first time.
Explore the castle’s imposing towers, battlements, and secret tunnels. Costumed guides bring history to life through engaging storytelling. From its strategic location on King’s Island, the castle witnessed countless battles and historical events, and its walls hold untold tales of knights, kings, and sieges.
With interactive exhibits and captivating displays, King John’s Castle caters to visitors of all ages. Kids will love trying on medieval costumes and participating in interactive games that transport them to a bygone era. As you ascend the castle towers, take in breathtaking panoramic views of Limerick and the River Shannon, making it a perfect spot for family photos.
4. Vibrant Street Art: Discover Limerick’s Creative Side
Limerick is a canvas for talented street artists who have transformed its walls into a vibrant outdoor gallery. As you explore the city streets, keep an eye out for colorful murals, thought-provoking graffiti, and captivating street installations. These artworks add a splash of creativity to Limerick’s urban landscape.
Take a leisurely stroll through the city centre or venture into the quirky lanes and alleyways to discover these hidden gems. Encourage your children’s curiosity by discussing the different art pieces, their meanings, and the stories they tell. Limerick’s street art scene is a testament to the city’s creativity and community spirit, adding an extra dimension to your family day out.
5. The Curragower Restaurant: A Delicious Family Meal
After a day filled with exploration and excitement, we enjoyed an incredible meal at The Curragower. A gem of a restaurant known for its warm hospitality and delicious food – it didn’t disappoint. Located a short walk from King John’s Castle and the famous Treaty Stone, the Curragh Gower offers a diverse menu featuring a blend of traditional Irish dishes and international flavors.
With a dedicated kids’ menu, the restaurant caters to the tastes and preferences of young diners. From mouthwatering burgers to mussels and scampi, everyone was very happy. The cozy ambiance and friendly staff make it a comfortable and welcoming dining experience for families. We sat in the covered terraced area which boasts fabulous views of the river.
Limerick’s charm lies in its ability to offer a seamless blend of history, culture, modern attractions, vibrant street art, and culinary delights, making it an ideal destination for a family fun day out. We had an absolute ball. Parking wise, we left the car on Roches Street (free parking on a Sunday) and got our steps in as we walked to each of our stops. We managed well over the 10k steps and I felt it was the first time my kids really got to explore Limerick and all it has to offer. A huge thank you to Kind John’s Castle and the International Rugby Experience who kindly offered us PR tickets for our visit.