The Best Day Trips Around Limerick

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Among the many captivating cities of Ireland, Limerick holds an undeniably enchanting allure. Cradled on the banks of the River Shannon in Ireland, this metropolis is where you’ll find a blend of traditional and modern cultures, creating a charming environment that appeals to people with all tastes. 

Why People Love Limerick

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From its rich history and cultural heritage to its vibrant atmosphere and warm-hearted locals, it would be difficult to count the number of reasons why people fall head over heels for Limerick, but we went and did our best:

  1. The educational opportunities and student life in Limerick make this town a great option for university outside of Dublin
  2. There are endless options for recreation, whether you’re looking to relax or get your adrenaline rushing
  3. There is stunning architecture filled with ancient designs everywhere you turn to look
  4. You can find affordable rent and hotel rates if you decide to move here permanently or only visit for a quick getaway
  5. The stunning scenery of this picturesque town and its surrounding landscape allow you to lose yourself on a day trip in Limerick

Day Trip Ideas for Limerick

A couple enjoying a day trip in Limerick

Here are the best day trips in and around Limerick, for an unforgettable experience with loved ones or a delightful solo adventure.

Cliffs of Moher

Stand in awe atop the mighty Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's most famous natural wonders. Hike along the 213-metre high cliffs or cruise beneath them, and admire spectacular views over the Atlantic Coast, Galway Bay, and the Aran Islands.

The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs found in County Clare, Ireland. It is one of Ireland's most breathtaking sights and one of the most visited attractions in Ireland, with over 1.5 million visitors annually. On a good day, you can also see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

Opening Hours
8 AM to 7 PM — during Winter Season, the cliffs are closed by 5 PM

Contact Information
Email: +353 65 708 6145

Ring of Kerry

Soak in some of the most beautiful views of Ireland on this circular tourist lane in the county of Kerry. As you ride or drive along the 179-km-long circular route, you'll pass by:

  • Waterville
  • Sneem
  • Killarney National Park
  • Torc Waterfall
  • Plenty of splendid beaches, villages, green pastures, and mountain ranges within County Kerry

The route covers 13 towns known for their natural and unspoiled beauty. Aside from unique islands and cliffs, the Ring of Kerry is renowned for its charmingly quaint villages. A popular road or bike trip route in Ireland for a damn good reason!

It is recommended that you allow 8–10 hours to complete this trip, depending on the number of towns you would like to visit and the time you want to spend in each one.

Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle is a mere 20-minute drive outside of Limerick. This large 15th century mediaeval castle in County Clare is one of the most popular sites within the region. When translated to English, the Irish name "Bunratty" means "river basin in River Ratty". This naming choice is because the River Ratty flows alongside the castle and goes to the Shannon Estuary.

The castle was constructed in 1425 and revived in 1954. Working well with the castle is the Bunratty Folk Park, where you'll be given a genuine experience of the home and environment in Ireland as it was in the 15th century. The park is 26 acres and home to over 30 buildings, replicating a "living village" setup. A walk to the park will give you an in-depth vision of how the actual farmhouses, village shops, and streets looked back then. Bunratty Castle should definitely be on the list of your must-see castles in Ireland!

Opening Hours
9 AM- 5 PM

Contact Information
Phone: +353 (0) 61 711222

Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel, also known as "Cashel of the Kings" and "St. Patrick's Rock", is a top historic site in County Tipperary. Located in Cashel, it is one of Ireland's most visited castles.

This iconic landmark was the hub of the High Kings of Munster when they built it between the 12th and 13th centuries. Aside from its awe-inspiring structural designs, the Rock of Cashel is also known for its critical role in Irish history and religion; The Cashel was said to host St. Patrick himself when he arrived there and baptised King Aengus during the year 432 AD.

Opening Hours
9 AM to 4:30 PM Winter | 9 AM to 7 PM Summer

Contact Information
Phone number: 062 61437
Email address:

Browse the Hunt Museum

The Hunt Museum is a top point of interest in Limerick City, and as a bonus, admission to the Hunt Museum is free on Sunday afternoons! The museum features artistic and anthropological artefacts from across the ages collected by John and Gertrude Hunt.

The Hunt Museum can be found in an impressive and historic stone mansion worth visiting for the architecture alone. It is a fantastic option for a Sunday mini-adventure (when many other places are closed), or on a gloomy day when you'd prefer to stay indoors.

Opening Hours
10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday – Sunday
Closed - Monday

Contact Information
Phone number: +353 61 312 833
Email address:

Public Transport Around Limerick

An Irish family using public transport in Limerick, Ireland on their day trip

A car would be the easiest way to get around Limerick to visit all these incredible spots, but public transport is also a viable option from point A to B.

Limerick Buses

The Limerick urban area is overlaid mainly by buses operated by Euro Bus Limerick. You can buy your ticket from the bus driver, but use a Leap Card for a cheaper fare.

Limerick Trains

The Limerick suburban rail networks run through Irish Rail. You can purchase your train ticket from the ticket machine, booth, or online. A range of ticket types can be bought, including single, return, off-peak, weekly, and monthly tickets.

Whether you're a history buff, nature lover, or seeking traditional Irish experiences, Limerick has something to offer everyone!

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