Posted 15.1.23

Family Fun Attractions in Limerick

Fun Activities in Limerick

This lovely city has a lot of activities and things to do with kids for some quality family breaks together. Between parks and entertainment centres, go karting and kayaking, there’s something for everyone! Don’t let Ireland’s weather hold you back, we’ve made a list of the top things to do in Limerick whatever the weather!

1. Soak up the outdoors at Curraghchase Forest Park

Curraghchase Forest Park is a 22 minute drive from Clayton Hotel Limerick. It is a fantastic amenity for all the family to enjoy.


2. Go see the historic Craggaunowen

Step back in history and explore the wonder of Craggaunowen. Enjoy fun for all the family while exploring the 16th Century Medieval Castle.


3. Wander around the Peoples Park

The People’s Park is perfect for a picnic and also has a children’s playground!


4. Follow the footsteps Munster Rugby Team on a tour at Thomond Park

Attending a tour at Thomond Park will give you and your family exclusive access to the areas of the stadium that are usually only open to players and officials. You’ll see the team’s dressing room, walk down the pitch tunnel, and get to experience how the players are feeling on a match day. You can also test the family’s rugby skills at the interactive skill zone.


5. Time travel at Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum

Travel back to the 1930s and ’40s, when Foynes played a pivotal role in establishing commercial transatlantic passenger flights and soak up the history at the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum.

6. Make a splash at the Club Vitae Leisure Centre pool

Part of the Clayton Hotel Limerick, the pool at Club Vitae Leisure Centre is perfect for families. The 12-metre heated indoor pool welcomes families every day. You can enjoy stunning views of the River Shannon as you swim, and the pool’s 4-metre depth is kept throughout. There’s a lifeguard on duty at all times and armbands etc can be purchased from the leisure centre reception. Entrance to the Club Vitae Leisure centre is free for guests of Clayton Hotel Limerick.

7. See the animals and have some fun at Stonehall Visitor Farm and Wildlife Park

Stonehall Wildlife Park is the perfect spot for a family activity in Limerick whatever the weather. Visit the Llamas, Alpacas, Ostriches, Emus and other animals when the sun is shining and have your lunch ‘alfresco’. Should the weather turn, which it usually does in Ireland, head indoors to the small pet area and the play area where you’ll find go karts and a bouncy castle.


8. Follow the Fairy Trail at Lough Gur Heritage Centre

Lough Gur is home to Ireland’s oldest and largest stone circle and it’s also the residence of Fer Fí – the King of the fairies. You’ll find his throne at the entrance to Lough Gur Heritage Centre and just beyond that you’ll find a set of 100 steps – climb these steps to witness some breath-taking scenery and to find where the fairies live. When you’ve completed the trail, the Heritage Centre at Lough Gur has over 6,000 years of Irish history to share with its visitors through its exciting interactive exhibitions.


9. Test your skills at Basecamp Adventure Centre

Set on 80 acres of forest and parklands, Basecamp offers family adventure packs to help you bond and get you working together. Choose from paintball, archery, or a bushcraft experience, and bring a picnic for when it’s time to refuel. The family activities are suitable for children aged 7 and up so grab the kids and get ready for an adventure!


10. Get Active with Nevsail Watersports

Kayaking on the River Shannon has been voted as one of the best things to do in Limerick. At Nevsail Watersports, have a laugh with your friends while navigating your way along the river, taking in the views of the majestic King John’s Castle and all the wildlife. All the while working up your appetite for a well-deserved lunch after. Families with children can learn to kayak at an introductory session. Nevsail has a variety of activities from rock climbing, orienteering, zorbing, and SUP.


11. Travel back to medieval times with a visit to King John’s Castle

King John’s Castle brings over 800 years of Irish history to life through its interactive exhibitions with touch screen technology, 3D models, and original medieval furnishings. Families are invited to relive history with their Medieval Experience where you’ll join costumed guides in an interpretative re-enactment of life as a Norman Soldier inside King John’s Castle.


12. Bounce it out at Jumplanes Indoor Trampoline Centre

Suitable for children aged 5 and up, Jumplanes is a must-visit! Children can bounce safely on the open lane trampolines and play a friendly game of dodgeball with the softballs provided. Trained staff are always nearby to ensure children’s safety at the centre. 


13. Race for 1st place at the National Kart Centre

Families with children from age 14 can avail of a group pass at the National Kart Centre for a truly exciting day out in Limerick. Race on the go-karting or drift karting tracks that feature raised pit lanes, digital signposts and real underpasses. Then sit back and relax with a fresh-baked pizza at the centre’s indoor viewing area.


14. Have some family-friendly fun at Funworld

Funworld is Limerick’s leading entertainment centre with attractions to suit all ages. They’ve got a large ten-lane bowling alley and a full arcade with games for both younger and older children. Guests can play pool and American snooker at one of Funworld’s many tables. Funworld caters to people with all levels of abilities – there are bumpers and ramps available for all their bowling lanes.


15. Visit the acclaimed 15th iconic Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is the most complete and authentic castle in Ireland. The site on which Bunratty Castle stands was in origin a Viking trading camp in 970. The present structure is the last of four castles to be built on the site. Take a tour of this iconic fortress; hear and see how the lords and ladies of this castle lived; hear stories of battles and bravery and enjoy stunning views across the idyllic Clare countryside. Bunratty Castle is a 20 minutes drive from Clayton Hotel Limerick.


16. Jump aboard Doolin Ferry

Departing from the picturesque coastal village of Doolin, visitors who cross the Atlantic Ocean get to enjoy incredible views of Galway Bay and the beautiful Clare coastline. Moreover, the open skies and surrounding landscape are a haven for birdlife, wildlife, flora, and fauna that include Puffins, Guillemots, dolphins, basking sharks, and a vast limestone plateau in this UNESCO Geopark on the Wild Atlantic Way.


17. Explore the outdoors at the Limerick Greenway

Carving a 40km path through the local countryside, the Limerick Greenway offers an authentic experience of rural Ireland for cyclists, runners and walkers. Following the old Limerick to Kerry railway line, the Greenway seamlessly links the West Limerick landscape with bustling towns and villages and some of the country’s most historic sites. Experience the Limerick Greenway in one visit or explore in shorter stages, perfect for day-trippers. Whichever you choose, there will be a genuine welcome from the towns along the way, offering delicious food and quality accommodation.

Troy Chauffeurs offer a drop and collect service from Clayton Hotel Limerick. Your friendly driver will follow your cycle path from the Rathkeale starting point and are available to collect you at any stop throughout the journey. So you can take it at your ease, perhaps finish in Barnagh with a spot of lunch, or blaze ahead to the Abbeyfeale finishing point. The service also includes bike and helmet rental and travel is a luxury vehicle. Please contact Troy Chauffeurs directly for more information on

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