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Limerick City Hotel
Limerick City Hotel

Lower Mallow Street, Limerick

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (604 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 …

£57
The Pier Hotel
The Pier Hotel

Sarsfield Street, Limerick V94 E6HD

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (242 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. …

£50
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 (157 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, …

£148
Castletroy Park Hotel
Castletroy Park Hotel

Dublin Road, Limerick

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (329 reviews)

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

£83
Kilmurry Lodge Hotel
Kilmurry Lodge Hotel

Dublin Road, Limerick V94 WTC9

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (209 reviews)

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

£55
Castle Oaks House Hotel
Castle Oaks House Hotel

Castleconnell Village, Castleconnell

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (23 reviews)

Set in Castleconnell, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of National Technological Park, Castletroy Golf Club, …

£74
Shannon Springs Hotel
Shannon Springs Hotel

Ballycasey, Shannon

2.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (373 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Skycourt Shopping Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bunratty …

£54
Carrigane House
Carrigane House

Rienroe, Adare

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (11 reviews)

Situated in Adare, this bed & breakfast is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Adare Golf Club and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Adare Heritage Centr …

£61
The Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre
The Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre

Near Killaloe, Ballina

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (35 reviews)

This family-friendly Ballina hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of St. Flannan's Cathedra …

£93
Whitethorn Lodge
Whitethorn Lodge

1 Shannon View, Ballina

4.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated in Ballina, this townhouse accommodation is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Flannan's Cathedral, St Moluas Church, and …

£63
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Pocket Guide: Limerick Hunt Museum Hotels

The Hunt Museum is a bijoux art gallery in central Limerick that exhibits one of Ireland’s best private collections of art dating from the Neolithic era to the 20th Century. The collection was formerly housed at the University of Limerick but moved to its current location, the historic Old Customs House in Rutland Street, in 1997. Much of the marina area has now been redeveloped and there are plenty of luxury and boutique hotels around the quays, which are just a short walk from the museum.

History of the Hunt Museum

The Hunt Museum is a personal collection of 2,000 works of art put together by John and Gertrude Hunt throughout their lifetime. They were antique dealers who built a successful art consultancy business and started to collect pieces of personal interest. As their collection grew they began to look around for somewhere proper to house it. Professor Patrick Doran and Dr Edward Walsh from the National Institute of Higher Education (now the University of Limerick) agreed to take some of it on a temporary basis and the Hunt Museum was opened in 1978 in one of the university exhibition rooms.

The Hunt Museum Trust was set up to house the collection at a 16th century tower house bought and restored by the Hunts, as the Irish government declined to take it on. The Trust’s aim was to find a long-term home for the collection and they set about renovating the Old Customs House. Unfortunately John and Gertrude Hunt didn’t live to see the opening of the museum in 1997.

The Architecture of the Building

The Customs House is a Palladian-style building designed by Davis Ducart, an Italian architect in 1765. It is believed to be one of the finest examples of 18th century architecture in Limerick and was formerly government buildings. Restoration was completed in 1996 and the new museum opened on Valentine’s Day in 1997, a rather romantic date given the passion of the couple behind it who had worked hard to find a suitable home for their collection of art.

Art Collections at the Hunt Museum

The Hunts’ aim was to have a collection “at home”, hence the informality with Shaker style cabinets with drawers you can open and explore and the introduction of themed rooms. It offers a mix of contemporary and classical art with pieces dating back to the Stone Age and ancient Egypt mixed with modern art - ceramics, maps, drawings, an Irish medieval collection and fashion exhibitions - “800 Years of Fashion” showcased style icons and Irish fashion designers.

There’s also a cafe and gift shop and “docents” (free guides) are available to show you around. Entry is free on Valentine’s Day every year in honour of the couple whose vision created the museum.

There are plenty of luxury and boutique hotels in the city centre within walking distance of the Hunt Museum and riverside quarter. Many have partnered up with visitor attractions to offer discounted entry for families so it’s worth asking what’s on offer when you arrive.

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