Road trip! Limerick to Waterford

A journey from the historic city of Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon to the beautiful wilds of County Waterford takes you on an adventure through the breathtaking Irish landscape. On this trip, you’ll pass ancient mountains, beautiful lakes and historic castles, journey through three Irish counties and experience the best of Irish hospitality!

River Shannon in Limerick | © William Murphy/Flickr

Before you leave the lively, medieval-era city of Limerick, have a traditional Full Irish breakfast at The Locke Bar and Restaurant; or try what’s on offer at local favourite Hook & Ladder. If a full breakfast isn’t to your taste, they also have a wide selection of pastries and pancakes to tempt you!

Once fortified, take your car and head southeast out of the city. First, you’ll go through quaint Tipperary town. If you need a tea break, try the French Quarter Cafe, a foodie favourite!

Just over an hour of easy driving will bring you to Cahir, home to one of the largest and best preserved medieval castles in Ireland.

Continuing on, past the beautiful, blink or you’ll miss it village of Bansha, we recommend taking a small detour to explore the Glen of Aherlow. This stunning 50 acre national park has a wonderful hotel right on its doorstep, the Aherlow House Hotel and Lodges, offering uninterrupted views of the countryside.

Or why not take a coffee break at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel & Leisure Centre, nestled outside the town in the foothills of the Galtee Mountains. Enjoy your break with  views of the Knockmealdown mountains and impressively lush gardens surrounding the hotel.

Continue your journey through the Knockmealdown Mountains, come to the spectacular Vee Pass with its breathtaking panoramic views.

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Close to the Vee is the burial place of Captain Grubb, who was buried standing up, with his gun and dog, forever overlooking his estate.  A mere five minutes later, you’ll also pass a quaint historic church tucked away just off the main road.

At the foot of the Knockmealdown Mountains, right where the N72 road crosses the River Blackwater and not far from the Tipperary/Waterford border is the town of Lismore. Lismore is heaven for history buffs with its castle, cathedral, towers and heritage centre. It also has a wealth of great wining and dining options- try Foleys on the Mall for lunch, housed in a building that dates to the 1870s, or Lizzie Brien’s café for some sweet treats! If you want to stay longer to enjoy this lovely little town, we recommend the Ballyrafter Hotel– full of character and charm, it’s the perfect country stay!

Your next stop will be the compact, cultural and historic city of Waterford! Look our for our next post on what to see, eat and do in Waterford city.

Your Perfect Limerick City Break!


If you’re visiting from North America, Limerick is the perfect first stop for any Irish holiday- the historic city is just 25 km from Shannon Airport. Or if you live in Ireland and haven’t visited the Treaty City yet you’re missing out! Limerick is a compact, vibrant city with an excellent foodie scene which makes it a great choice for a weekend getaway!

Stay at No 1. Pery Square

Housed in a beautiful Georgian terrace house overlooking a tree lined park, No 1 Pery Square is an impressively well designed boutique hotel with an award winning spa. The rooms are named after Irish literary figures and stocked with Voya organic seaweed based products. The Park Room Lounge downstairs is a cosy spot for tea, coffee or lunch. Fancy something stronger? No problem. There’s an excellent selection of Irish beers, ales, whiskeys and lots more besides too!


Or try these great options!

The Savoy


The Savoy is a luxurious hotel with a great central location. With excellent facilities, a great steak restaurant downstairs and the standard of service one would expect from a 5 star hotel, the Savoy is a top choice to stay! They have some amazing value offers available on their website.

The George Boutique Hotel

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The George has a great central location at a very affordable price. The double height glass entrance will impress design lovers and the in-house Italian restaurant overlooking Limericks main street is a great people watching spot! A great urban hideaway, the affordable price makes the George perfect for any kind of city break, whether it’s a girls shop ‘til you drop trip or a family break!

Fancy some Brunch or wondering where to go for Lunch?

Hook & Ladder

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Hook & Ladder is Limericks top breakfast spot- although they do great food throughout the day! We love the bright, Scandi style interiors and the strong coffee! Go for the Full Irish- there’s no greasy fry-ups here just tasty, well prepared Irish food.



Aroi is a hugely popular Asian street food restaurant, with a menu serving up Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese specialities. Try to visit after the lunchtime rush to be sure of bagging a table and don’t even think of trying to get in on a weekend night without a reservation. Top choices? The Duck Red Curry and the Thai-Style Calamari are amazing!


Doing dinner?


Cornstore is open for lunch too but really, it’s the perfect dinner restaurant. It’s beautiful, dark panelled interior and cool tiled floor just look better in the evening! They do a great three course early bird menu for only 28 euro Friday and Saturday, or all night Monday-Thursday. Bargain. The standard of food is extremely high; the menu is well thought out and brilliantly executed. The service is always extremely friendly and remarkably efficient. Try the Pork Belly; it’s beautiful!




Chocolat is a local favourite so make sure you book a table to avoid disappointment! With a varied menu and attentive service, Chocolat always serves up a great meal in luxe surroundings. Try the Lamb Shank and if people watching is your thing, request a table upstairs – it’s cosier but downstairs is often buzzier!

Visiting at the Weekend?


Then the Milk Market is a must visit! With plenty of stalls selling all kinds of tasty, locally produced food, there’s also crafts, accessories and homeware to buy- plus a welcoming, fun atmosphere. Grab a coffee and go for a wander around but be sure to nab yourself some delicious samples too!