The first evidence of settlement in Limerick is found on Kings Island, and dates back to the Vikings of the 9th century. It was the only river crossing then, and served as a base for raiding local monasteries and Celtic settlements. The English took over the town of Limerick in the late 12th Century, and in 1197 granted a charter declaring Limerick a city. King John, who visited in 1210, ordered that a castle and a bridge (Thomond Bridge) be constructed.
The Visitor Centre at Lough Gur tells the story of the pre-Celtic settlers of Ireland who farmed and lived in this peaceful valley. The archaeology of the area provides evidence for the activities of the first farmers in the region, their dwelling, rituals, and burial sites as well as their tools and implements, many of which can be seen in the visitor centre.
Forests & Wooded Areas
Curraghchase Forest Park
Centred around the ruins of Curraghchase House, the 18th Century home of poet Aubrey deVere, this beautiful 600 acre park includes an arboretum, a wildlife lake and a nature trail which takes you to many of it’s most beautiful features. A Caravan and Camping park is also on the grounds
The Clare Glens are a wooded area along the banks of the Clare River, which separates County Tipperary and County Limerick, Ireland.
Ireland’s answer to the cosy English village must surely be Adare, where the Third Earl of Dunraven built a street with thatched cottages and hedges at the gates of his early Victorian Manor. History had already endowed the place with an exquisite backdrop to further please the eye – a Norman castle beside the River Maigue and the best collection of ruined medieval friaries in Ireland.
Ballygrennan, Croom, Limerick
Buttercup Farm welcomes you to come and share the fun of an old style farming tradition. It plays host to a beautiful green backdrop of Irish contryside, centred at the heart of the Golden vale near Croom on the main Limerick to Cork road. It’s open Mon – Fri from 9am to 6pm.
Come and see for yourself the grunting pigs and proud peacocks, or indeed feed and pet the lambs and rabbits.
Murroe, Co. Limerick
Glenstal Abbey was built in the 1830s for the Barrington family. It was designed as a castle in 12th century style.
Ennis & Surrounding Areas
Knappogue Castle & Gardens, Quin
Knappogue Castle is located in Quin, in a truly picturesque setting, surrounded by tranquil landscapes and the rolling hills of Clare.
Situated on 50 acres of wooded grounds, Cragganowen interprets Ireland’s pre-historic and early Christian eras with the restoration and re-construction of earlier forms of dwelling houses, farmsteads, hunting sites etc.
North Clare (60 Minutes Drive from the Hotel)
Unlike the vast caverns you may have encountered, Aillwee Cave is unique to the geology of the Burren and it enables you to explore a little of what lies under the exciting landscape. Open to Visitors all year round.
Biddy Early Brewery, Inagh
The Biddy Early Brewery is Ireland’s first pub brewery. It has revived the tradition of craft brewing in Ireland and continues to produce fine beers using only natural ingredients. Open to visitors all year round.
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs are 8 Km long and 214 M high, it is here that one can most easily get a feel for the wilderness of the terrain over which the Celts wandered. From here one the Cliffs, the Aran Islands, Galway Bay as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains to and Loop Head to the South.
The Cliffs of Moher is one of Ireland’s most important bird- watching sites with over 20 nesting species and 30,000 breeding pairs of seabirds.
Located 40 km from Ennis on road N67.
Scattery Island, Kilrush
Located just off Kilrush, Scattery Island is home to a monastry founded by St. Senan in the early part of the 6th century. Today, the ruins of the 120 ft round tower and several churches still remain on the island. An exhibition on the history of the island is housed in the visitor reception building. Access to the island (Mid June – Mid Septemebr) is dependant on tidal / weather conditions.
Lahinch Seaworld & Leisure Centre
Families shouldn’t miss Lahinch Seaworld & Leisure Centre. The indoor complex overlooks beautiful Lahinch beach and has a leisure centre with 25-metre swimming pool, the Seaworld Atlantic Aquarium, kiddies’ play zone, gift shop & café.
Located off the main Ennistymon to Cliffs of Moher road (N67), 40 Km from Ennis. Discounted family rates available at Greenhills Hotel reception.
Limerick County Golf & Country Club (15 min drive)
Limerick County Golf 18 hole championship Standard Golf Course
Shannon Golf Club (20 min drive)
Adare Manor Golf Club, 18 hole championship
Adare Manor Golf Course
Home to the Irish Open 2008 The Adare Golf Club is an 18-hole championship golf course
Dromoland Golf Club (20 min drive)
Visitors to Dromoland Golf course have described it eloquently as “the Augusta of Ireland”.
Family Holidays in Ireland
Family Friendly and Family owned Hotel boasts over 40 years of Good Irish Hospitality.
We have given you our Top 10 Activies aimed at suiting all the Family and helping you choice Limerick as your holiday destination 2011. Greenhills Top 10 Family Fun Things to do in Limerick
- Visit Thomond Park Interactive Museum that showcases the pround history of Munster Rugby.
- Have an Adventerous & Historical Day while visiting King John’s Castle.
- Head to Adare Village – Ireland’s Prettiest Village. Why not take a Picnic to enjoy before strolling around the Heritage Centre & Desmond Castle
- Curraghchase Forest Park, Kilcornan, Co Limerick. A beautiful forest park for the little to run about in.
- Visit Bunratty Castle & Folk Park – an old Favourite with parents & Kids.
- Visit Shelbourne Park Playground located just off the Ennis Road for hours of interupted fun.
- Go and VisitCome and visit the Mid-West’s best Indoor Activity Centre for children Tons of Fun for laughter and fun for children aged 3 – 10 years of age.
- Fun World Limerick is located about 5 minutes walk from Hotel with lots of activies for all ages with Bowling Alley, Pool and Selection of Arcade Games.
- For the lazy evening’s take in a movie at choice of cinema’s
- Take a trip to Killaloe and enjoy a cruise along the Shannon with the River Shannon’s Premier Cruise & Sightseeing Boat. Something for everyone to enjoy.