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The Savoy Hotel
The Savoy Hotel

Henry Street, Limerick 99999

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4.5 out of 5 (409 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 …

£98
Limerick Strand Hotel
Limerick Strand Hotel

Ennis Road, Limerick

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (791 reviews)

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

£80
Dunraven Arms Hotel
Dunraven Arms Hotel

Main Street, Adare

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (277 reviews)

This family-friendly Adare hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Trinitarian Abbey and Adare Augustinian Friary. Adare Gol …

£103
Castletroy Park Hotel
Castletroy Park Hotel

Dublin Road, Limerick

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (373 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' …

£74
Clayton Hotel Limerick
Clayton Hotel Limerick

Steamboat Quay, Limerick V94 H6HN

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4.2 out of 5 (372 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 …

£75
Woodfield House Hotel
Woodfield House Hotel

Ennis Road, Limerick

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (19 reviews)

Situated in Limerick, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gaelic Grounds and The Treaty Stone. King John's Castle and St. …

£46
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 (172 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, …

£98
Maldron Hotel Limerick
Maldron Hotel Limerick

Southern Ring Road, Limerick 0

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (719 reviews)

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

£61
The Pier Hotel
The Pier Hotel

Sarsfield Street, Limerick V94 E6HD

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (275 reviews)

Located in the heart of Limerick, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arthur's Quay Park, The Treaty Stone, and St. …

£51
Kilmurry Lodge Hotel
Kilmurry Lodge Hotel

Dublin Road, Limerick V94 WTC9

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (241 reviews)

This family-friendly Limerick hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of National Technological Park, Castletro …

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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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