Now a modern and vibrant city to match any in Europe, Limerick’s history goes back over 1,100 years, making Limerick’s heritage unrivalled by few cities in the country. Founded by the Vikings around 922AD, Limerick has an array of historical sites one of which is St Mary’s Cathedral, the oldest building in Limerick and one that is still in use today.
The culture of Limerick has been shaped by the city’s eventful history. King Johns Castle and the walls of Limerick were built by the Normans who captured the city in 1195. Further afield yet still within driving distance of Limerick City you will find one of the most important archaeological sites in Ireland. Lough Gur dates back 5,000 years. County Limerick offers so much history from castles and medieval monuments to one of the country’s largest stone circles all located in some of Ireland’s most beautiful villages.