We want you to enjoy the best of Limerick while you stay with us and Limerick has something for everyone. Here are some suggestions to help you plan your Escape to Limerick and give you some food for thought. If you need any further recommendations or we can assist you with reservations please just contact our friendly Bedford Concierge Team at hello@thebedord.ie or just fill out the form at the end of this page.

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Visitor Guide

  • 24 hours in The Treaty City - With a choice of hotels in Limerick to fit any taste or budget, visitors can park the car enjoy the vibrancy and cutting edge sports and social scene by staying in the heart of the city.
  • 48 hours in Limerick City and County - Explore the greater county of Limerick with its lush green countryside, adventure trails and unrivalled sporting legacy, filled with small towns, quirky retail and fascinating museums.
  • 5-7 days in Limerick/ Exploring the Wild Atlantic Way – Visitors to Limerick can enjoy the best Irish hospitality and still be within an hour of Irelands most magnificent castles fortress and coastal cliffs along The Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Girlie Getaways – Planning a girlie getaway with a difference? Make a break for some serious fun in Limerick with incredible value in city-centre hotels, mouth-watering food in cool restaurants and bars buzzing with atmosphere.
  • Romantic Weekend in Limerick – When it comes to a couples getaway weekend, Limerick has the edge on other cities with authentic Georgian properties bespoke design boutique hotels and opulence overload palaces.
  • Limerick on Foot – Walking is by far the best way to safely enjoy all Limerick has to offer. You'll be spoilt for choice with everything from Medieval Marvels and Georgian grandeur of our city centre, to the gently undulating countryside.
  • Action Adventure – Are you feeling competitive or in the mood for an exciting challenge? Maybe you want to get the adrenalin pumping or craving the rush of the great outdoors. Whatever gets you up and moving however you choose to celebrate that just being alive feeling, you'll find it here in Limerick.

Visitor Experiences – Beyond the City

  • Adare - Renowned as one of Ireland's prettiest towns, Adare is designated as a heritage town by the Irish government. Soak up this picturesque village and sample some of its famous cuisine.
  • Lough Gur - Lough Gur Heritage Centre is a community run tourist attraction telling the story of 6,000 years of habitation in the Lough Gur area. From Neolithic house sites to medieval castles Lough Gur has monuments from every era and the heritage centre ensures that visitors get the history/folklore and archaeology of the area from trained guides.
  • Bunratty – Most famous for Bunratty Castle and its medieval banquets, this beautiful village offers many shops, restaurants and bars. The Blarney Woollen Mills store sells a wide selection of Irish gifts including Waterford Crystal, Beleek China, Irish Aran knit wear, jewellery, linen and tweeds.
  • Wild Atlantic Way – Limerick is an official gateway city to the WAW. The journey of a lifetime awaits along 2,500km of coastal road on the Wild Atlantic Way. Pack your bags, leave the everyday behind you and get ready to embrace the best of the west.
  • Ballyhoura – An area of undulating green pastures, woodlands, hills and mountains. The ancient and unspoilt landscape, an abundance of significant heritage sites thrilling outdoor activities and friendly people make it the perfect place to discover rural Ireland.
  • Curraghchase House – Beautiful and historic house built in 1657 by Vere Hunt. The building is today in ruins following a fire that destroyed the house in 1941. Despite its current state it is still worthy of a visit and attracts great numbers year round. The surrounding forest provides an additional reason to visit and is the perfect location for a leisurely stroll of an afternoon.
  • Killaloe - Killaloe, County Clare, and Ballina, County Tipperary are situated on the banks of the River Shannon, and best known as the birthplace of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland. These twin towns are amongst Ireland's most picturesque attractions and are linked by a 13 arch bridge.
  • Foynes - Although a relatively new town dating from the mid 1900’s, Foynes has a rich maritime and aviation history and was once the last port of call on the eastern shore of the Atlantic for flying boats as it became the centre of the aviation world from 1939 to 1945. Today Foynes has a world class Flying Boat Museum with exhibits a full size replica of the B314 flying boat, the town is also the birth place of the world famous Irish Coffee, which was first made here in 1942 for flying boat passengers.
  • Bruff – A town in the east of county Limerick, located on the old Limerick-Cork road. The town has a pretty streetscape with many traditional shop fonts.
  • Limerick Carriage Tour – Take in the sweeping views of the lush countryside estate on-board our luxurious weatherproof carriage which features an elegant table equipped with glass/cup holders and wine coolers for guests to enjoy their favourite refreshments on board.

Visitor Experiences – Limerick City

In The City

  • Limerick City Gallery of Art - A museum with the best, and largest, contemporary art collection in the region. This historic building looks out over People’s Park.
  • Hunt Museum - A historic 18th-century former Customs house with one of Ireland’s largest private collections of art and antiquities, from Neolithic artefacts to works of art by the likes of Picasso and Yeats. The museum also runs walking tours during the summer months.
  • King John’s Castle - Not only is this one of the best preserved Norman castles in Europe with 800 years of history, but it also delivers possibly the best views of the River Shannon and surrounding city.
  • The Milk Market - A bustling weekend market, where music is played, delicious coffee is brewed, and mouth-watering food is sold. Here you’ll always find something to savour.
  • Limerick Museum - Established in 1916, the museum is the oldest local authority museum in the state and with nearly 60,000 objects and its aim is to collect, preserve and display objects that tell the story of Limerick and its people.
  • Treaty City Brewery - A newly opened visitor centre and microbrewery on Nicholas Street in the heart of the city’s medieval quarter. A must visit for a uniquely Limerick experience.
  • Peoples Museum - A museum located at No.2 Pery Square. The Peoples Museum aims to reflect the diverse lives of people, buildings and streets of the city. This museum showcases the electric and fascinating collection of items in the care of Limerick Civic Trust, as well as artefacts that are visiting us from elsewhere.
  • Dolans – Dolans is an award-winning traditional Irish Pub located on the Dock Road. There is a restaurant and three live music venues, The Warehouse, upstairs at Dolans and the Kasbah social club.
  • Nevsail – Nevsail Watersports and adventures run extreme sports and adventure activities throughout all of Ireland. Nevsails operates from the Hunt Museum in Limerick City, offering kayaking tours, lessons and outings for all ages and group abilities.
  • Get West – Get West create experiences that deliver with amazing day and night kayak tours on the River Shannon – this is a tour of Limerick that you do not want to miss.

Need a reservation or any other dining suggestions? – Our Concierge will be happy to arrange this for you. Please email hello@thebedford.ie or just stop by our Reception from 8am-6pm during your stay.

Walking Tours

  • Limerick Civic Trust Walking Tour - Limerick City walking tour run by Civic Trust commences at the Peoples Museum No.2 Pery Square. For bookings please call 061 313399 minimum 10 people.
  • Limerick City Walking Tour – All guides are native to Limerick City. Get the chance to see Limerick City brought to life and learn the history, stories and intriguing secrets of this unexplored and vibrant city. For bookings please call 087 7938777.
  • Limerick City Walking Tours with The Hunt Museum – Captivating stories of Limericks past and present and a chance to experience the architecture history and folklore of the city. For bookings please call 083 3000111.
  • Limerick Food Tour – This unique walking tour explores food heritage. The tour starts in the heart of the Georgian Quarter and continues to landmarks to experience food influences and tastes of today. For bookings please call 061 402402 minimum 5 people and 48 hours notice.
  • Self-Guided Tour – Where better to begin your Experience Limerick Tours, than its city centre. Limerick is an ideal city to explore on foot or by the city's very own Limerick Bike Tour.

Contact details are provided but if you need us to book the tour our Concierge will be happy to arrange this for you. Please email hello@thebedford.ie or just stop by our Reception from 8am-6pm during your stay.

Shopping

  • Brown Thomas - Located on O'Connell Street, this high-end Department Store stocks the widest selection in Limerick of Irish and International brands. Brown Thomas also have personal shoppers available that we can book on your behalf.
  • Mint Boutique - A store that provides a mix of styles, catering for occasion wear, glam nights out on the town and stylish comfy casual.
  • Lily’s - Exclusive fashion label for the fashionistas and trend setters. Let out your inner fashion freak with Lily. Styles to suit all ages.
  • O’Donnell’s Boutique - A global online destination for the individuals and trend setters. Founded in 1946 by Christopher O'Donnell and has thrived ever since bringing unique national and international labels to the masses.
  • The Ivory Closet – A designer sweet shop awaits. Dresses available to buy or borrow for that special occasion. Designers carried include Alex Perry, Bronx and Banco, and Rachel Gilbert.

Need a reservation or any other dining suggestions? – Our Concierge will be happy to arrange this for you. Please email hello@thebedford.ie or just stop by our Reception from 8am-6pm during your stay.

Spa & Beauty

SPA

  • Beauty Atelier – A new boutique studio located just a 2-minute walk from The Bedford. Services include –Image facials, microblading and hair & makeup.
  • Siam Savoy – This tranquil spa located in the Savoy Hotel, around the corner from The Bedford, is an oasis in the city –full range of treatments available (Dermalogica products used).
  • VOYA Day Spa – Located in the basement vaults of One Pery Square, this is the perfect backdrop to a holistic spa experience. Using VOYA products, a range of wellness, pampering and beauty treatments for men and women are available.

HAIR & BEAUTY

  • Visage – located just around the corner from The Bedford, this is the perfect spot for the works or just a quick blowdry or upstyle.
  • Sublime – A sublime experience with afternoon tea add on options for that little extra treat –great for groups.
  • Greg Moran Hair – enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this boutique salon and sample their boho-blowdry!
  • Brown Thomas – The beauty hall at Brown Thomas is just the place for a quick makeover -counters include Charlotte Tilbury, Mac, Chanel and many more.
  • Bellissimo - This is a one stop shop for all beauty needs (hair, makeup & tan) as well as offering a number of relaxing and replenishing treatments that help restore balance and promote a sense of wellbeing and harmony.
  • Therapie – Therapie Clinic is the leading laser hair removal and skin specialist in Ireland with brands such as Image & Maud. Located on Cruises street close to The Bedford.
  • Niall Colgan – A modern and cutting edge salon located just across the river from The Bedford, underneath the Strand Hotel.

Need a reservation or any other dining suggestions? – Our Concierge will be happy to arrange this for you. Please email hello@thebedford.ie or just stop by our Reception from 8am-6pm during your stay.

Drinks Anyone?

  • 101 O'Connell Street – A Modern day speak an easy establishment with a twist… including, a 1920's Flavoured Parlour Bar and Garden Bar with a hint of Tikki. Located next door to The Copper Room on O’Connell St.
  • The Savoy Bar – Sample the cocktail menu in the chic surroundings of the Savoy Hotel on Henry Street less than a minutes walk from The Bedford.
  • House Limerick – Sister property to House in Dublin, this stylish bar is perfect located overlooking the Shannon. A great drinks menu and great music make this the perfect spot for a night out with friends.
  • Dolans Pub – A Limerick landmark –Dolans is an award-winning traditional Irish pub with live Irish music every night. Also home to the renowned Dolan’s Warehouse concert venue, Located on the Dock Road.
  • Curragower – The Curragower bar is at the heart of Limericks Medieval Quarter.
  • The Old Quarter - Live Music, great music and food offerings all come together at The Old Quarter. Famous for its cocktails one of Limericks first Cocktail Bars opened at The Old Quarter in the 90s and today its menu is something to be sampled.
  • The Locke Bar – The multi-award winning Locke Bar sits picturesquely in the heart of Limerick City's Medieval Quarter. As a gastro pub, serving food 7 days a week, it is particularly renowned for its Ocean Fresh Seafood Menu and choice of Fresh Daily Specials as well as many other dishes to suit all tastes.
  • Mc Gettigans - Guests can enjoy live music and promotions on food and drink throughout the week. With large screen TVs playing everything from rugby, football, GAA, golf and cricket, it’s one of the city’s best sports bars.

Need a reservation or any other dining suggestions? – Our Concierge will be happy to arrange this for you. Please email hello@thebedford.ie or just stop by our Reception from 8am-6pm during your stay.

Dining – Dinner

  • Freddy's Bistro - An award-winning restaurant with a wide-ranging menu, housed in a restored 19th-Century building.
  • Hamptons – A New York Style restaurant, located next door to the Savoy Hotel on Henry Street less than a minutes walk from The Bedford.
  • Curragower – The Curragower bar is at the heart of Limerick’s Medieval Quarter. Offering high quality award-winning food and a wide selection of drinks in a relaxed and friendly setting. With both indoor and outdoor seating you can enjoy spectacular views of King John’s Castle, the Curragower Falls and Limerick City Hall.
  • Taikichi – Authentic Japanese cuisine, on Limerick’s O’Connell St.
  • La Piccola Italia – An authentic family Italian restaurant in the heart of Limerick City. Based on the lower ground floor of No.55 O’Connell Street, the restaurant is a completely family run business.
  • Cornstore – A stylish restaurant that specializes in organic steak and seafood. Great cocktail bar too for pre-dinner drinks. Private rooms available for groups.
  • Marco Polo - Enjoy the spectacular interior design which is modern, glamorous and opulent; friendly and efficient service, and a fantastic menu.
  • The French Table – This is a French restaurant overlooking the River Shannon in Limerick City and has been dubbed “A Little Taste of France in the Heart of Limerick City”.
  • Texas Steakout– Just around the corner on O’Connell St. this is a Limerick landmark for Steaks and Tex-Mex cuisine.
  • Rossi’s Italian and Grill – Located on the scenic George’s Quay. Classic European-style dishes with a modern twist and focus on seafood in a warm, laid back eatery.
  • The Spit Jack – Offering the highest quality local produce, expertly prepared, with exceptionally high service standards and the most beautiful dining spaces. Predominantly meat focused The Spit Jack also offers wonderful vegetarian menus and "free from" options.
  • La Cucina Centro – The focus has always been and still remains food and people and La Cucina is still bustling everyday with happy people enjoying real Italian food.
  • Coqbull – Coqbull is a chicken and burger concept, with its mouth-watering menu of delicious rotisserie chicken and gourmet beef burgers, as well as an array of tantalising coqtails and local craft beers.
  • Milanos – A restaurant in Limerick that boasts stunning views of the majestic River Shannon. Close to many of the city's main attractions.
  • Aroi – Pronounced Aroyis associated with the eating experience in Asia and means delicious or tasty. Our healthy cuisine avoids the obscure chemicals and additives so common in our food today.

Need a reservation or any other dining suggestions? – Our Concierge will be happy to arrange this for you. Please email hello@thebedford.ie or just stop by our Reception from 8am-6pm during your stay.

Dining – Brunch & Lunch

  • The Bedford Café – Attached to the Townhouse, perfect for breakfast and lunch and our wonderful Ponaire specialty coffee.
  • The Buttery – A few doors down from the Townhouse, great for lunch, tapas, and the cocktails are a must!
  • Bakehouse 22 – Located in the heart of the Medieval Quarter on Nicholas St. Bakehouse serves great food in a casual and friendly environment. The location is a perfect space to meet with a friend, read the paper or people watch on seating outside.
  • Green Onion– The green onion café serves breakfast, lunch and coffee. Freshly baked scones desserts and the best soups, salads and sandwiches.
  • Hook and Ladder – Hook and Ladder “living café” offers customers a unique experience with a variety of store concepts under one roof –café, cookery school, furniture and home accessories store.

Need a reservation or any other dining suggestions? – Our Concierge will be happy to arrange this for you. Please email hello@thebedford.ie or just stop by our Reception from 8am-6pm during your stay.