From the picturesque ruins of the medieval strongholds of the Knights of Glin and the Earls of Desmond dotted along the Shannon Estuary, to the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, which celebrates the birth of transatlantic air travel, Limerick has been shaped by its maritime history and its relationship with the sea.
Located at the point where the Shannon, Ireland’s longest river meets the sea, Limerick City began as a Viking trading port but was soon developed into an Anglo-Norman fortress, known as King’s Island.
The famed Walls of Limerick and King John’s Castle withstood many sieges over the centuries, and still stand guard over the riverside city. The mighty Shannon and its tributaries provide a majestic backdrop to the heritage towns of Adare, Askeaton and Glin, which are linked by the Shannon Estuary Way scenic coastal route. Limerick City is ideally located as a destination to the West of Ireland, being a designated Gateway City along the celebrated Wild Atlantic Way.