Foynes (Limerick), Ireland
Limerick & Picturesque Adare
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4 Hours
Depart from the pier in Foynes and travel to the nearby city of Limerick -- Ireland's fourth-largest city -- situated on the River Shannon. An ancient city with a Charter pre-dating that of London, the City of Limerick is dominated by King John's Castle (1210), regarded as one of the finest examples of fortified Norman architecture in Ireland.
On a panoramic drive, watch for other important city landmarks, including the Treaty Stone, where the treaty was reputedly signed ending the siege of 1691, St Mary's Cathedral (1194) with its Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles, and the much-later Gothic St John's Cathedral completed in 1859.
Modern Limerick epitomizes Ireland's industrial and cultural renaissance, and you will have to look very hard to find any traces of Angela's Ashes here. It boasts galleries, theaters, excellent restaurants and a world-class museum housed in the restored Customs House.
Continue your drive outside the city to the picturesque village of Adare. Set in a lush wooded and countryside, Adare is widely regarded as being Ireland's prettiest village. It lies on the River Maigue, a tributary of the Shannon River, and dates back to the early 13th century. During its long history, Adare's strategic location has been the subject of many conquests, wars and rebellions. Today, the village has a wealth of heritage, as well as architectural and scenic beauty. Two groups of world-famous, ornate, thatched cottages line part of the village's broad main street, punctuated by beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries and ruins. You'll stop for a cup of tea or coffee and freshly-baked scones at the facility housing Black Abbey Crafts, Kerry Woollen Mills and Curran's Heraldry. There are a number of small antique shops in the village. You will have time to shop or visit the exhibition which explains this area's history from 1233 to the present day. The story is told through realistic model enactments and an audio-visual.
Return to Foynes and your waiting ship. afterwards.
Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Bring a rain jacket or umbrella.