Foynes (Limerick), Ireland
Panoramic Limerick City & Irish Coffee
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4 Hours
Depart from the pier in Foynes and travel to the nearby city of Limerick to enjoy a panoramic drive through Ireland's fourth-largest city. An ancient city with a Charter pre-dating that of London, the city of Limerick is magnificently sited on one of Europe's finest rivers, the Shannon. The dominant city landmark is King John's Castle (1210), regarded as one of the finest examples of fortified Norman architecture in Ireland. Presently, the castle is home to a major interpretative center.
Other important city landmarks that you'll see on your panoramic drive include the Treaty Stone, where the treaty ending the siege of 1691 was reputedly signed, and St Mary's Cathedral (1194), which incorporates elements of both Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles. The much later St John's Cathedral, completed in 1859, is a fine example of Gothic architecture. The modern city of Limerick epitomizes Ireland's industrial and cultural renaissance, and you will have to look very hard to find traces of Angela's Ashes nowadays. Instead, the city boasts galleries, theater, excellent restaurants and a world-class museum housed in the restored Custom House.
Next, head to Bunratty in County Clare. Here you will visit the famous Durty Nelly's Pub. Legend has it that a thousand years ago a robust lady, known simply as Durty Nelly, lived here. Her name puzzled all who had the good fortune to be granted her welcome, but your guide will tell you the story of struggle and heartbreak behind her warm smile. The house of Durty Nelly has survived and has offered refreshments to many a weary traveler. Today it is considered the gateway to glorious western Ireland. Enjoy an Irish coffee in the warmth of this homey, traditional pub before returning to Foynes and your ship.
Tour is primarily comprised of sightseeing from the motorcoach. Minimal walking over flat terrain is required.