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Limerick is located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary and is the fourth largest city in Ireland. This medieval city with a charter older than London’s has recently revamped itself to dump its reputation as a dull and dreary city. Prebook car hire in Limmerick right here before leaving for your holiday. It's the best way to travel around, as public services do not operate into rural areas.
Most of medieval Limerick is located on King’s Island. The impressive King John’s Castle dominates the city’s riverside. Over 800 years old, it was built to keep the Irish out of Limerick. There are now interesting multi-media presentations on the history of the city in the interpretive centre inside the castle. Across Thomond Bridge, you can see the Treaty Stone, upon which, 300 years ago, the defenders of the city signed a treaty that ultimately betrayed them. On the other side of King’s Island is St. Mary’s Cathedral. Although the original medieval church was rebuilt in later centuries, there are still tombs and crypts dating from early Norman times inside.
At the north end of O’Connell Street, Limerick’s main thoroughfare, are some fine examples of Georgian architecture, in particular the O’Connell Crescent and Pery Square areas.
The Hunt Museum, located in the old Customs House building, is home to a famous collection of art and antiques donated by the Hunt family to the city.
The major suburbs in Limerick are: Annacotty, Castletroy, Clonconane, Clonmacken, Dooradoyle, Elm Park, Janesboro, Lisnalty, Mungret and Parteen.
Limerick is served by Shannon International Airport, which is about 20 minutes from the city centre. There are regular flights between here and London, Manchester, and some major European cities as well as Dublin and Belfast. Ryanair offers some very cheap flights from UK destinations.
There is a shuttle bus service between the airport and Limerick city centre. Book cheap car hire in Limerick with us today and save time at the airport on arrival, or having to search for depots within the town's center.
Iaranrod Eireann, the national rail service, operates from Colbert Station, five minutes from O’Connell Street. There are regular trains to Dublin and Cork taking three and two hours respectively. Some of these require a change at Limerick Junction, which can add an extra 30 minutes to the journey time.
The bus station is right beside the train station. Bus Eireann offers services to all major cities in Ireland, including numerous buses to local and regional areas. Buses tend to be cheaper as well.
Limerick has benefited greatly from Ireland’s ever improving road network and apart from a few short stretches, there is now a good road between Dublin and Limerick; the journey can be done in under three hours. Cork and Galway are roughly two hours away.