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The Savoy Hotel
The Savoy Hotel

Henry Street, Limerick 99999

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4.5 out of 5 (417 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
Clayton Hotel Limerick
Clayton Hotel Limerick

Steamboat Quay, Limerick V94 H6HN

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4.2 out of 5 (377 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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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 (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, …

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Apartment - Heart of Limerick City
Apartment - Heart of Limerick City

Riverpoint Bishops Quay, Limerick

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Limerick, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of O'Connell Street and St. Mary's Cathedral. The Treaty Ston …

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Courtbrack Accommodation - Hostel
Courtbrack Accommodation - Hostel

Courtbrack Avenue, Limerick

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4.2 out of 5 (32 reviews)

Located in the heart of Limerick, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Frank McCourt Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral, and The …

£18
Cappavilla Conference Apartments
Cappavilla Conference Apartments

University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick

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3.9 out of 5 (17 reviews)

Situated in Limerick, this apartment is 0 mi (0 km) from University Concert Hall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Castletroy Golf …

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Sandvilla
Sandvilla

Monaleen Road,, Limerick City

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Limerick, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of National Technological Park, University of Limerick, an …

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Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel
Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel

Knockanes Adare Limerick, Adare

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4.4 out of 5 (179 reviews)

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

£109
Park House B&B
Park House B&B

Low Road,na, Bunratty V95HH68

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Bunratty, this bed & breakfast is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Talbo …

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Elm House
Elm House

Mondellihy, Adare

3.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (7 reviews)

Situated in Adare, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Adare Golf Club, Old Trinitarian Abbey, and Adare Augustinia …

£59
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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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