City of culture An ancient city on the banks of the mighty River Shannon, Limerick is quirky, vibrant and utterly individual. From its beautiful Georgian architecture and grand museums to its rugby-obsessed locals, it will win you over with its unique charm. Ireland’s first City of Culture, Limerick’s rich cultural life can be seen in world-renowned museums, such as the Hunt Museum, as well as the Limerick City Gallery of Art, housed in the historic Carnegie Building. It's got an incredible festival scene, too – from its vibrant St Patrick's Day celebrations to the annual Richard Harris International Film Festival. A taste of the city There are few better places to discover Limerick’s cultural heart than the beautifully restored Milk Market on Cornmarket Row. It’s like a microcosm of the city: colourful, fun, energetic, with occasional pop-up restaurant events, artisan foods, antiques, music and art. This is Limerick at its best – a hive of activity, fun and the essence of true living... Jack, TripAdvisor (on the Milk Market) Wander down the alley of the nearby Fox’s Bow, and you’ll find a curiously quirky collection of craft, leather and jewellery stores, where you can pick up everything from Celtic silver to a blackthorn shillelagh (a traditional walking stick). Sporting passion and medieval mysteries If culture is Limerick’s lifeblood, then sport is its beating heart. Strike up a conversation with a garrulous rugby supporter in a convivial pub and they’ll delight in telling you about memorable Munster victories. A particular win against New Zealand’s All Blacks has made its way into local and national sporting folklore. Meanwhile, in the medieval heart of the city on King’s Island, you can explore the 800-year-old King John’s Castle. This remains one of the most intact medieval castles in Ireland, and boasts incredible views out over the River Shannon. It was here that the mighty siege of Limerick took place in 1690: pop into any of the castle’s on-site history exhibition and get the full story. Georgian beauty Peace, quiet and a slice of luxury are on the menu in Limerick city, too. Step inside No.1 Pery Square in Newtown Pery, Limerick's Georgian Quarter and you’ll know what we mean. Within the walls of this 200-year old townhouse are period guestrooms, a wine shop, a spa, a fine-dining restaurant and a drawing room where afternoon tea is served around a blazing turf fire. If you're looking for a more relaxed bite, you can't go wrong with an authentic and delicious sandwich from the award-winning La Cucina. Limerick is a city to be savoured. Our advice? Take your time and enjoy every minute!