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No. 1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa

No. 1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa

1 Pery Square, Georgian Quarter, Limerick

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4.7 out of 5 (185 reviews)

Located in the heart of Limerick, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Limerick City Gallery of Art, St. Mary's Cathedral, …

£95
The Savoy Hotel

The Savoy Hotel

Henry Street, Limerick 99999

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4.5 out of 5 (444 reviews)

Located in the heart of Limerick, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of O'Connell Street and St. Mary's Cathedral …

£105
Absolute Hotel Limerick

Absolute Hotel Limerick

Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick

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4.6 out of 5 (861 reviews)

This family-friendly Limerick hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of King John's Castle and Hunt Museu …

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Clayton Hotel Limerick

Clayton Hotel Limerick

Steamboat Quay, Limerick V94 H6HN

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4.2 out of 5 (387 reviews)

Located in the heart of Limerick, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Frank McCourt Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral, and The …

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Castletroy Park Hotel

Castletroy Park Hotel

Dublin Road, Limerick

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4.3 out of 5 (396 reviews)

Situated in the suburbs, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from University Concert Hall and within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Mary' …

£109
The Quigley Residence

The Quigley Residence

University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick V94D882

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Limerick, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of University Concert Hall and University of Limerick. National …

£56
Maldron Hotel Limerick

Maldron Hotel Limerick

Southern Ring Road, Limerick 0

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4.1 out of 5 (740 reviews)

This family-friendly Limerick hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Roxboro Shopping Centre, People's Park, and Limerick City Galler …

£72
The George Limerick Hotel

The George Limerick Hotel

O'Connell Street, Limerick V94 FC65

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (727 reviews)

Located in Limerick city centre, the stylish George Limerick Hotel is in close proximity to Thomond Park and Limerick …

£69
Limerick Strand Hotel

Limerick Strand Hotel

Ennis Road, Limerick

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4.5 out of 5 (827 reviews)

This family-friendly Limerick hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Arthur's Quay Park and The Treaty …

£105
Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel

Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel

Knockanes Adare Limerick, Adare

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4.4 out of 5 (185 reviews)

This family-friendly Adare hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Adare Golf Club and Adare Heritage Centre. Cresent Shopping Centr …

£93

Pocket Guide: Bruff Black Castle Hotels

Black Castle, also known as Killalough Castle, in Lough Gur is now in a ruined state and not much remains of the original site. It originally protected one of the access points to Knockadoon - the other being Bourchier’s Castle, named after Sir George Bourchier, son of the second Earl of Bath. This is in good condition and a popular visitor attraction in the area. Black Castle and Bourchier’s Castle are a short drive from Bruff and Herbertstown so there’s a choice of accommodation for day trips from Limerick or longer holidays in the county.

A History of Black Castle

Black Castle is thought to be one of the chief seats of the earls of Desmonds. It is older than Bourchier’s Castle, dating back to the 13th Century, and what you can see today consists of a rectangular courtyard. At the two southern corners are the remains of square towers (connected by a high curtain wall) and one tower is more ruinous than the other. It is also on private property so there is no access for the general public, but the site is a worthwhile visit for its archaeological value and you can see church ruins as well as the impressive Bourchier’s Castle nearby.

Heritage of Lough Gur

Lough Gur is a horseshoe-shaped lake that lies between Bruff and Herbertstown in County Limerick just a half-hour drive from the city. It is one of Ireland’s major archaeological sites and various remains, including Ireland’s biggest stone circle and various tombs, can be found near the lake. The remains of houses dating back to the Stone Age (known locally as The Spectacles) and loch dwellings (crannogs) have also been found nearby.

There is also a visitors’ centre at Lough Gur explaining more about the history of the area and nearby attractions include the Grange Stone Circle, Killmallock Museum, the Cliffs of Mohr, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Adare Manor’s Hawk Walk, which is very popular with children.

Boutique Hotels Around Lough Gur and Black Castle

Bruff is the nearest urban area to Lough Gur - a small village with independent boutique B&Bs and self-catering accommodation to stay in. Bruff is a charming area with local gardens, a church and several pubs including Ireland’s tiniest one, so they say. The area is also well known for hunting and there are three equestrian centres nearby for amateur and professional horse riding.

Black Castle and Lough Gur are beautiful to see any time of the year, but a summer visit means you can make the most of the stunning countryside and watersports facilities. It is a short car journey from Limerick city for a day trip but a two-night stay or longer means you can really relax and enjoy what the region has to offer. The visitors’ centre is very helpful and will help you to plan your stay.

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