What to do in Limerick Ireland

Medieval Quarter Limerick

Places to eat/drink

Abbey River Coffee

A family run, independent coffee shop, serving top quality, speciality coffee, tea, hot chocolate and snacks (including gluten free snacks) to the lovely people of Limerick. This cute and dainty pint-sized stone building is located on Mathew Bridge, Merchant’s Quay in front of the Potato Market Car Park and across the road from the Locke Bar.

Open 7am to 5pm Mon to Fri and 10am to 4pm on Saturday.

Bakehouse 22

A brand new cafe, located in the heart of the Medieval Quarter, across from King John’s Castle, serving freshly made Breakfast, Lunch and catering for all occasions! Friendly and professional staff, delicious wholesome food, tasty baked goods and great coffee. Featuring on the famous TV show ‘At Your Service’ hosted by The Brennan Brother’s in the new year.

Open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm.​

Katie Daly’s Bar and Restaurant

Located a stone’s throw away from King John’s Castle. Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Enjoy a local drink and tasty food surrounded by a warm atmosphere. It is a great spot to stop before a match in the nearby Thomond Park or to watch all sports. Their outdoor seating area is a great place to relax and enjoy a meal on a Summer’s day.

Open 7 days a week, 10am to 9pm.

The Cinema Cafe/ Stix

Located downstairs from Escape Limerick, this Cafe is a well know Limerick landmark. Previously home to the Thomond Cinema is now famous for its Stix Special Burger and Chips. A great spot for a bite to eat.

The Locke Bar

Award winning Gastro Pub in the heart of Limerick City’s Medieval Quarter, where the Abbey River meets the Shannon. Its beautiful riverside setting, featuring a hugely popular outdoor seating and entertainment area, brings a unique offering to the city of Limerick.

This gastro pub, serves food 7 days a week, it is particularly renowned for its Ocean Fresh Seafood Menu and choice of Fresh Daily Specials as well as many other dishes to suit all tastes.


Places to stay

Absolute Hotel Limerick

A great place to stay whilst in the Medieval Quarter in Limerick is the award winning 4 star Absolute Hotel. Rated as the number 1 hotel on TripAdvisor in Limerick and voted in the top 10 hotels in Ireland by TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2018, this hotel is chic, contemporary, and modern and offers ‘a fabulous view over the Abbey River’, TripAdvisor 2018.

This Limerick City boutique hotel expertly blends casual style, personable and professional service with an emphasis on local.

The hotel is only minutes’ walk away from classic landmarks such as King John’s Castle, the Hunt Museum, Limerick Milk Market, Thomond Park and many other Limerick attractions


Things to do

Escape Limerick- An Escape Room Experience

An escape room is a real-life physical puzzle game, where you and your team are locked in a room for one hour. You need to interact with your surroundings and work together to crack clues and solve puzzles so that you figure out your escape before your 60 minutes are up! At Escape Limerick there is 3 themed rooms based on Limerick City’s history: Troubled Waters, McCourts Classroom and King John’s Dungeon and they are suitable for everyone! It is the perfect activity for Friends, Family or Work Colleagues!

Open 7 days a week 11am-11pm!


Get West Kayak Tours

Take a relaxing, guided kayak tour right through the heart of Limerick City with a group of your friends, family or colleagues. Catering for a minimum group size of 6, Get West’s kayak tours promises to be an experience that your whole group won’t forget. Soak up the famous sites and fascinating history as you kayak along the stunning waterfront right up to the impressive King John’s Castle located right in the heart of the Medieval Quarter. A couple of games and challenges along the way is guaranteed to have everyone smiling and relaxed. Running from Easter to Halloween.


King John’s Castle

King John’s Castle is located in the heart of medieval Limerick City. The stunning exhibition at King John’s Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history. Explore the visitor centre with state of the art interpretive activities and exhibitions. 21st century touch screen technology, 3D models and discovery drawer are among the exciting techniques that will connect you to tales of siege and warfare. The sights, scenes and sounds of King John’s Castle and its environs all combine to recreate the atmosphere of the era. Suitable for all ages

Relax afterwards in their café, the perfect place to unwind while enjoying terrific views onto the impressive medieval castle courtyard and the Shannon river.

Opening Hours:

Autumn/ Winter Times – Jan/Feb/March/ October/November/December 2018 – 09.30- 5pm (last entrance at 4pm)

Spring/Summer Times – April/May/June/July/August/September 2018- 09.30-6pm (Last entrance at 5pm)


Limerick Civic Trust Walking Tours

Explore the medieval quarter with a qualified guide, and discover the oldest parts of Limerick City in context with the contemporary environment. This particular tour commences at the Bishops’ Palace, the headquarters of Limerick Civic Trust and your group will visit many historic landmarks including The Bard of Thomond Monument, King John’s Castle, The Toll House, St. Munchin’s Church, Villiers Alms House, The Bishops’ Palace and The Treaty Stone. A fantastic experience for everyone.

Running throughout the Summer 11am and 2pm, Monday to Friday.


Saint Mary’s Cathedral

Founded in 1168 AD Saint Mary’s Cathedral celebrates its 850th this year 2018. It is an extraordinary building that has been ever-present during invasions, sieges, battles, wars, famines and times of peace. It is also a treasure of Irish religious art.  Members of the church encourage you to visit, whether for worship, reflection, for a self-guided tour, or for a concert or special event. As it celebrates it’s 850th year, expect great events, from carols and concerts to recitals and special services. Many events are free, while others can be booked online.

Visitor Opening Times

Open daily, year round

Monday to Friday: 09.00 to 17.00h (last admission 16.30h)

Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00h (last admission 15.30h)

Sunday: 13.30 to 16.00h (last admission 15.30h)


Treaty City Brewery – Coming Soon to Nicholas Street


Medieval Quarter Limerick

The Medieval Quarter Limerick Facebook page is a fantastic source to keep up to date on recent developments within the area and on the latest events. It features all major traders and businesses within the area, the things to do, places to eat and have a drink and even places to stay. To keep up to date on the medieval quarter in Limerick follow us on Facebook :


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