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Lovely, lively Limerick is a perfect city break destination in Ireland. Sitting on the River Shannon and surrounded by glorious emerald countryside, the cafés, shops, bars and cultural attractions of the city are complemented by opportunities to see more of this welcoming isle.

Why go?

Book hotels in Limerick to stake your place in one of Ireland's liveliest cities...

Ireland's City of Culture for 2014, the popularity of Limerick will continue to grow and the treasures of the city will shine a little brighter thanks to renewed interest stirred by this prestigious title. There are certainly plenty of treasures to discover. King John's Castle is a celebrated local landmark, while the Shannon provides plenty of river-side fun and a heap of beauty spots. There are a handful of interesting museums, a shopping scene worth saving for, and the nightlife of Limerick is legendary. Whether you're after youthful and modern pubs, bars and clubs, or you fancy a spot of traditional music, song and good company, your ideal evening is easy to find in this convivial city.

Sport plays a huge part in Limerick life too. Thomond Park stadium is the home of Munster Rugby, among other teams. Get yourself along to a match to feel the electric atmosphere. Limerick Racecourse, or Greenmount Park, captures the Irish passion for horse racing.

The city is more than 1,000 years old, so while the history books have a lot to reveal about life on the banks of the Shannon, the stories come to life at various attractions, such as St Mary's Cathedral and the medieval quarter. It's also easy to discover the charms of rural Ireland, as the magnificent vistas of County Limerick sprawl away from the city. There are farms to visit, nature trails to plod along, and mountains to climb if you really want to get your heart racing during a break in Limerick. Car hire is a great idea in Ireland. It's easy and convenient to get around by car, though public transport around the mid-west of Ireland is also good.

Where to stay?

So where will you lay your holiday hat on visits to Limerick? Find out where to find the best hotels at the best prices...

In Limerick, hotels are easy to find. There's a great selection of four- and five-star hotels in the bustling city centre, which is the perfect location in which to stay if you want to enjoy everything the destination has to offer. It's not a massive city, so you can walk to the main attractions if you stay centrally in one of Limerick's large and traditional or modern, boutique hotels. The banks of the River Shannon host a few of the city's finest hotels, with many rooms overlooking the water.

Luxury hotels can also be booked on the outskirts of town. Shannon Airport (SNN) is around 30 minutes away from Limerick and, while there are a few cheap hotels near the airport, the main road leading to Limerick cuts through Bunratty, close to the famed Bunratty Castle; you can find a couple of excellent hotels between Bunratty and Limerick, including one from chain brand Radisson Blu. Other well-known brands operating hotels in Limerick include Jury's, Clarion and Travelodge.

You can also check in at friendly B&Bs, which are mostly found along the roads in and out of Limerick, or consider the growing suburb of Castletroy, to the east of Limerick. Once separated from the city, the former villages have grown and now feature a huge range of facilities, such as a shopping centre and a cinema. You'll need to drive your hire car or use public transport to get into the city centre of Limerick from Castletroy; it's a 10-15-minute drive.

What to see

Enjoy the hospitality of the Irish during city breaks in Limerick as you explore the main attractions...

History and nature collaborate to compile Limerick's impressive list of highlights.

Top five attractions

King John's Castle
Situated on King's Island, on the banks of the river, the experience offered by this 13th-century castle has been given a modern facelift thanks to massive investment in technology that helps to bring the fascinating history to life. It's lost none of its charm for it and everyone in your travelling party will be gripped.

Angela's Ashes Walking Tour
Fans of Frank McCourt's childhood memoir, 'Angela's Ashes', should not miss this interesting tour - find out more at the tourist office in Arthur's Quay.

Hunt Museum
Rainy days can be spent exploring the 2,000 pieces at this pleasant museum by the water's edge. You can see artefacts from stone-age Ireland as well as more recent works by Picasso and other international artists.

St Mary's Cathedral
Founded way back in 1168, Limerick's cathedral is famed as the oldest building in the city that is still in daily use. Many visitors join a service and feel stirred by the experience in this ancient building.

Ballyhoura Mountain
A large network of cycling trails makes seeing this stunning mountain both easy and fun. It's also a doddle to organise day trips from Limerick, as the mountain is only an hour's drive from the city.

What's on?

As you would expect, Limerick knows how to host a cracking party...

Visit during any of these events to see the Irish spirit at its most dynamic.

Events

Limerick Literary Festival; February: Organised in honour of Kate O'Brien, Limerick's famed writer, this is always a popular weekend of all things literary and hotels will be busy during this time.

Limerick St Patrick's Festival; March 17: An energetic and colourful parade through the city streets is one of the highlights of this annual event. Thousands travel to Limerick to see marching bands and dancers, so hotels will be in big demand - book early to secure your place at the party.

Ladies Weekend Limerick; October: One for the ladies, this festival includes a women-only race, plus special events around the city, which involve everything from music to fashion.