Foynes (Limerick), Ireland
A Stroll through Limerick City
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Limerick, with its magical blend of city- and countyhood, is a place where the bustle of city life fits easily with the relative tranquility of its charming countryside. The city of Limerick offers a glittering selection of shopping opportunities and a multitude of cultural, artistic and sporting events to be experienced and enjoyed. It is a modern and vibrant riverside city, radiating out from the medieval core on King's Island. Limerick boasts a population of 80,000 and a Charter older than that of London. From the King's Island with its castle, cathedral and museum, to the elegant splendor of the Georgian 'new town', Limerick brims with delightful historical and architectural surprises.
Leave your coach to begin a guided walking tour past the Hunt Museum, which contains exquisite exhibits of Ireland's greatest private collections of art and antiquities. Cross the Matthew Bridge to King's Island, or Englishtown, where the Vikings settled in the 9th century. View the 12th-century St Mary's Cathedral and continue past City Hall, the Courthouse and the old potato market. Stroll along the river to King John's Castle -- a 13th-century castle on King's Island. Between 1690 and 1691, the Williamite sieges led to the signing of the Treaty of Limerick. From the castle battlements, the Treaty Stone, said to be the site of the signing of the document, can be seen clearly on the far shore.
Cross back over the river, passing the 17th-century Bishop's Palace and Villiers Alm's houses. You'll see part of the medieval city wall before crossing the Baals Bridge to Irishtown. Your guide will point out St John's Catholic Cathedral -- a 19th-century structure and only one of five original medieval parishes in Limerick.
Enjoy a refreshment in a local establishment; then, re-join your coach and return to the port.
Surfaces are mostly paved and even footpaths with a few uneven areas. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Bring a rain jacket or umbrella.