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Absolute Hotel Limerick

Absolute Hotel Limerick

Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 hour ago
3 others viewing this property now
4.6 out of 5 (922 reviews)

This family-friendly Limerick hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of King John's Castle and Hunt Museum. Thomond Park and Bunratty Castle ...

£72

£72
No. 1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa

No. 1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa

1 Pery Square, Georgian Quarter, Limerick
4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (210 reviews)

Located in Limerick City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Limerick City Gallery of Art, St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle. The Treaty ...

£106

£106
Castletroy Park Hotel

Castletroy Park Hotel

Dublin Road, Limerick
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
1 others viewing this property now
4.3 out of 5 (416 reviews)

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

£71

£71
Clayton Hotel Limerick

Clayton Hotel Limerick

Steamboat Quay, Limerick
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 19 hours ago
5 others viewing this property now
4.2 out of 5 (417 reviews)

Located in Limerick City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Frank McCourt Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral and The Treaty Stone. King John's Castle is ...

£75

£75
Limerick Strand Hotel

Limerick Strand Hotel

Ennis Road, Limerick
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 19 hours ago
7 others viewing this property now
4.5 out of 5 (871 reviews)

This family-friendly Limerick hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Arthur's Quay Park and The Treaty Stone. King John's Castle and St. ...

£85

£85
Maldron Hotel Limerick

Maldron Hotel Limerick

Southern Ring Road, Limerick
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 4 hours ago
5 others viewing this property now
4.1 out of 5 (775 reviews)

This family-friendly Limerick hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Roxboro Shopping Centre, People's Park and Limerick City Gallery of Art. St. Mary's Cathedral and ...

£61

£61
The Savoy Hotel

The Savoy Hotel

Henry Street, Limerick
5.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 days ago
4 others viewing this property now
4.5 out of 5 (478 reviews)

Located in Limerick City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of O'Connell Street and St. Mary's Cathedral. The Treaty Stone and King John's ...

£96

£96
The George Limerick Hotel

The George Limerick Hotel

O'Connell Street, Limerick
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago
4 others viewing this property now
4.2 out of 5 (775 reviews)

Located in Limerick City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of O'Connell Street and St. Mary's Cathedral. King John's Castle and The Treaty Stone ...

£56

£56
The Pier Hotel

The Pier Hotel

Sarsfield Street, Limerick
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 21 hours ago
2 others viewing this property now
3.7 out of 5 (351 reviews)

Located in Limerick City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arthur's Quay Park, The Treaty Stone and St. Mary's Cathedral. King John's Castle is ...

£41

£41
Kilmurry Lodge Hotel

Kilmurry Lodge Hotel

Dublin Road, Limerick
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 3 days ago
4.1 out of 5 (293 reviews)

This family-friendly Limerick hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of National Technological Park, University of Limerick and Castletroy Golf ...

£65

£65

Pocket Guide: Black Castle 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.