The Shannon River (214 miles long and the longest river in the British Isles) flows through the centre of Irelands Mid-West and gives the region its name. It contains some of the most breathtaking areas of natural beauty in Ireland and some of the country's most scenic waterways.
The city has a relaxed atmosphere and that curious small town trait of everyone knowing everyone else and always ready to make a stranger feel at home. It also has a rich history, famed in song and story, going back 800 years. King John's Castle is a must-see and the panoramic view of the city from its towers is breath-taking. But one cannot stay forever in Limerick and the surrounding region offers plenty of attractions.
The Burren National Park in County Clare is a unique sight. Its geology, flora, fauna, caves, archaeology, and history set it apart as a place of great mystery and beauty and the famous Aillwee Caves situated beneath it is one of Ireland's most popular tourist attraction and an essential part of any visit to Clare. And for a real experience of what Ireland was like centuries ago Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is an unmissable opportunity to take a step back into the past. The Castle is the most complete and authentic mediaeval castle in Ireland. The Folk Park, set on 26 acres, recreates 19th Century Ireland. The park features include a recreated village street, 8 farmhouses, a watermill and much more. Famous medieval banquets are held nightly all year round.
The Shannon region is, unsurprisingly when named after a river, dominated by water. From the beauty of the Atlantic coastline, best seen at the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, to the Shannon itself, the lakes and rivers of the region are a fisherman's paradise. Scenic cruises of the river are very popular and following the path of the Shannon back to its source will take you through some of Ireland's most attractive waterways with 500 uninterrupted miles of water cruising for the enthusiast.
The Shannon region is a break from the big city life in Dublin and Cork. Limerick's laidback attitude and the region's great natural attractions combine to create a 'get away from it all' feel to the place. With some of Ireland's most nationally popular tourist destinations the Mid-West has a long tradition of welcoming guests, whether old friends or newcomers and showing them the hospitable welcome they have come to expect in Ireland.