The mighty Shannon river guards the 13th century King John’s Castle in the centre of Limerick

LIMERICK doesn’t get enough good publicity, and as an Aussie living in
Ireland I’d heard very little of the city apart from it being rugby mad.

Well it is that, but it’s also a lot more – what I found was a thriving city brimming with pride and passion and it couldn’t have been friendlier.

Enjoying a period of rejuvenation and growth, the historic Treaty City is an easy spot to get around, boasting scenic riverside walks, outstanding restaurants, bars and plenty of activities for all the family.

Perfectly located, The Radisson Blu sits on 20 acres of parkland on the outskirts of the city and it’s the ideal place to stay, catering wonderfully for those who wish to relax and get away from it all, as well as offering families an ideal base from which to explore the city and surrounding beauty spots –and there are many.

While at the Radisson Blu, take the opportunity to settle yourself into the cosy couches and indulge yourself in the wonderful afternoon tea experience.

Filled with scrumptuous sandwiches, cakes to make your mouth water and a selection of teas to delight – the Baileys Tea being my definite favourite. It’s the perfect way to take time out for a couple of hours.

The hotel’s Rain SPA offers the ideal way to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. With a unique range of spa therapy treatments to choose from you can then unwind in the outdoor hot tub. Yes please!

Finishing your day with a seriously delicious meal in Porters Restaurant and a night cap in the Quench Bar, you’ll never want to leave.

However, with so much at your fingertips that would be a waste, as the Radisson Blu is only a 10 minute drive to the city, The Milk Market, King John’s Castle, Thormond Park Stadium (the home of Munster Rugby) and for the more adventurous, kayaking on the Shannon with Get West Tours.

With its distinctive Carousel top the Milk Market in Mungret St is a must.
Operating since 1852, it’s the oldest market in Ireland, providing vistors with access to over 53 stalls offering a wide variety of fresh, local and in season produce.

The aromas coming from the artisan bakeries and freshly brewed coffee will take over your senses. Joanna at Tea 4 You has teas to tempt every palate, Theresa Story at The Green Apron will tantalise your tastebuds with her jams and preserves on offer, her whiskey marmalade being a top seller.

Vintage clothes, jewellery and bric-a-brac, there is no end. It’s surely not possible to come home empty handed.

From the Milk Market we cosied up under blankets in one of Limerick Carriage Tours’ luxurious, weatherproof horse drawn carriages while host Gerry – a local hero who saved around 200 people from their homes during the 2015 floods – and Sarah regaled us with the city’s rich history, giving a unique and enlightening view of Limerick.

Tours are on offer both day and night, I promise you wont be disappointed, it’ll be one of the highlights of your stay.

The 13th century King Johns Castle, on Kings Island in the heart of medieval Limerick is an excellent all weather attraction which has recently undergone extensive multi million euro renovations and boasts a state of the art interactive visitors centre, bringing the castle’s dramatic history to life. While exploring the castle itself you’ll discover excavation sites and breathtaking 360 degree views of the city. The castle is open 10 – 5pm daily.

Also on Limerick’s doorstep are some of the West’s most stunning attractions, including Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher (only 30 mins by car), and, for a bonus point, the world-famous Ring of Kerry.

Whether you like rugby or not, take some time out in wonderful, relaxing Limerick – you’ll have the time of your life and you won’t have to TRY!

The Radisson Blu is the perfect base to explore Limerick
Local hero Gerry from Limerick Carriage Tours