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Dunraven Arms Hotel
Dunraven Arms Hotel

Main Street, Adare

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4.5 out of 5 (271 reviews)

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

£94
Charleville Park Hotel & Leisure Club
Charleville Park Hotel & Leisure Club

Limerick Road, Charleville

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4.3 out of 5 (124 reviews)

Set in Charleville, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Beara Way, Friars Gate Theatre, and Kilmallock Museu …

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Limerick Strand Hotel
Limerick Strand Hotel

Ennis Road, Limerick

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4.4 out of 5 (781 reviews)

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

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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 (170 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, …

£103
Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel
Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel

Knockanes Adare Limerick, Adare

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4.4 out of 5 (177 reviews)

This family-friendly Adare hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Adare Golf Club, Old Trinitarian Abbey, and Adare Augustinian Friar …

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Cosy Apartment Dooradoyle
Cosy Apartment Dooradoyle

28 Oakleigh Wood, Limerick

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Limerick, this apartment is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Cresent Shopping Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Frank McCourt …

£96
Absolute Hotel Limerick
Absolute Hotel Limerick

Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick

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4.6 out of 5 (836 reviews)

This family-friendly Limerick hotel is located on the riverwalk, just steps from Barringtons Hospital and St. Mary's Cathedra …

£83
Bunratty Castle Hotel
Bunratty Castle Hotel

Bunratty, Bunratty

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4.2 out of 5 (938 reviews)

This family-friendly Bunratty hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Talbot Collection of Farm …

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The Old Bank
The Old Bank

Main Street, Bruff

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4.4 out of 5 (12 reviews)

Situated in Bruff, this bed & breakfast is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Grange Stone Circle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lough Gur an …

£63
The Savoy Hotel
The Savoy Hotel

Henry Street, Limerick 99999

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4.5 out of 5 (404 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 …

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Pocket Guide: Kilmallock Friars Gate Theatre Hotels

Kilmallock is a historic village 35 minutes’ drive from Limerick city via the N20. It was a key town in Munster in the 13th and 14th centuries and you can see evidence of this today with its historic houses, museums, theatre and castles, which remain in good condition and open to the public. There are several hotels and guesthouses close to the theatre including Gothic-style historic houses for something rather unusual.

Theatrical Arts in Kilmallock

Kilmallock is home to the Friars Gate Theatre and has positioned itself a hub for arts and culture in the region. Friars Gate is a small 130-seat theatre in the centre of the village and programmes a range of events for all the family - performances, education and community outreach programmes, exhibitions of local artists’ work, open mic evenings, youth drama workshops, creative writing classes, art classes and a book group. It also plays a part in town events such as Medieval Kilmallock Festival and Walled Town Day.

Cultural Holidays in Kilmallock

Kilmallock is home to a small museum, which is open daily and depicts local life in the 19th and 20th centuries. You can explore the village as it would have looked during medieval times and there is a model of the village complete with town walls (only one remains today). Exhibits also explore more recent history such as the Irish Civil War, industrial changes and the social history of the area. You can also book a guided tour of the village.

Kilmallock is proud of its heritage and puts on regular events for locals and tourists such as the Medieval Kilmallock Festival in August, farmers’ markets, vintage car shows, a film festival, art and poetry readings via the Friars Gate Theatre, and Kilmallock Walled Town Day, which celebrates the town’s status through a programme of family activities including archery, battle re-enactments, harp playing, Irish crafts and food, medieval shoe making, treasure hunts, fancy dress and more.

Historic Holidays in Kilmallock

The town is walled and there are plenty of heritage sites to see including King’s Castle (15th Century), the Dominican priory, and a collegiate church which was founded in the 13th Century to honour St Peter and St Paul. The priory has a beautiful west window and you can see various examples of decorative stone carving from the 13th and 14th centuries. Blossom Gate in Emmet Street is the last gate of the medieval town wall.

Further out of town, Ash Hill House is also well worth a visit. It is based in Ash Hill Estate with accommodation nearby just outside Kilmallock. The house was initially built in the 18th Century, but was added to in the 19th Century. It is a mix of classic Georgian and Gothic styles and was home to the Coote and Evens families. It is now part of a wooded estate with stables and a working farm where racehorses are bred.

Kilmallock is a historic and pretty village a short drive from Limerick city and well worth a day trip to see some of Ireland’s history. If you fall in love with it and want to stay longer there are plenty of good hotels and historic guesthouses to choose from. Having the Friars Gate Theatre in the town centre gives it an artistic atmosphere and there’s always something creative to see and do.

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