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Kings John's Castle, Limerick City

Car Hire in Limerick, Ireland

Limerick is closest to Shannon International Airport, just a short drive away. And if you’re in the area to explore historic sites with day trips, grab a discount hire car in Limerick to start your holiday with savings.

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Nestled in the southeast corner of Ireland, Limerick puts you in a prime location to explore the west and southern coasts in a short time, if that is all you have to spare.

If you have a bit longer, you can traverse the whole island of Ireland in two weeks, returning to Limerick.

Honk car rentals in Limerick however will allow you to return your hire car to a different drop off location, usually in a major city.

Things to do in Limerick

You may have seen the movie and perhaps read the book Angela’s Ashes, based on the childhood experiences of Frank McCourt in Limerick city; the Frank McCourt Museum is located in his old school building, in the Georgian Quarter.

Pay a visit to The Hunt Museum, one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of art and antiquities, some dating back as far as the Neolithic period to the modern age, including pieces by Picasso and Yeats.

Talk a walk in medieval Ireland at the Lough Gur Heritage Centre, telling 6,000 years of habitation history in the area.  There are also several cathedrals and towers around the area.

Adare, a short drive from the city is a charming village that grew up around the castle, now Adare Heritage Centre and Castle.

Take a tour of Desmond Castle, home to the Earl of Desmond for centuries.

Spend a day taking in the village, heritage surrounds, perhaps a trail ride at Clonshire Equestrian Centre, then have dinner at Adare Manor, a beautifully restored Georgian stately home in a gothic sytle now open as a hotel and golf course.

Perhaps treat yourself to an overnight stay at this luxury Manor haven.

Scenic Routes from Limerick

Leave Limerick and head northwards towards the Burren and Cliffs of Moher.

The Cliffs are the towering, 700ft high, result of thousands of years of the Atlantic Ocean beating against the coast.

It forms a border to the Burren region, a limestone landscape criss-crossed with “grikes” (cracks) and, thanks to its temperate climate, an extremely long growing season supporting diverse and rich flora.

O’Briens Tower is near the highest point of the cliffs and serves as the best viewing point for views of Galway Bay, the Dingle Peninsula and the mountains of Connemara, on a clear day, which can be rare!

South of Limerick by car is County Kerry, where fairies and leprechauns still play in the gardens and woodlands.

The Ring of Kerry is a very popular drive beginning in Killarney.

Before you begin the route, spend an overnight in Killarney soaking up the charm of Muckross House and Gardens, and sample the delicious food and warm welcomes in the village.

The Ring of Kerry is 179km round trip.  The route is lined with castles, peaks and lakes (or “loughs”); scenic highlights include the Gap of Dunloe, Rossbeigh Beach, Torc Waterfall, Bog Village and take a detour from the main route to St Finnians Bay and Valentia Island.

Look out for Ogham Stones, an early medieval alphabet used to write the Old Irish Language.

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