Areas of Interest in West Limerick

Have you ever wondered what there was to do in West Limerick? These are some of the interesting places that locals and tourists alike can visit.

The Curragh Chase Park is located 22km west of Limerick city on the N69 coast road and is close to the village of Kilcornan. It consists of sprawling woodland areas, lakes and historical sites. Numerous trails also dot the land, beckoning guests to explore every inch of the area. The park features the De Vere family estate, which sits atop the main hill overlooking the lake, and is only a 4 minute walk from the car park. The house serves as a focal point for the park with the outside area of the estate being accessible to guests. Numerous other historical attractions exist deep within the woodland trails, to be discovered by anyone across the park. Such places include, the memorial cross, pet cemetery and arboretum. For children, their are numerous playgrounds for their convenience, featuring swings and slides. There's even a separate caravan camp, referred to as The Curragh Chase Caravan Park.This is located a short distance from the main park, containing another playground, a café and a fairy trail. Children and adults alike can traverse this trail, following the fairy dust to the different fairy houses in search of the illusive creatures. The Curragh Chase Park costs €5 euro (in coins) for entry, with the park being open from 07.00 - 21.00 (1st April to 31st October) and 08.00 - 18.00 (1st November to 31st March). The Curragh Chase Caravan Park has numerous pricing options of which can be found at The Flying Boat and Maritime Museum is located in Foynes on the scenic N69, 15 minutes from Tarbert County Kerry and 30 minutes from Limerick City. The building is actually home to different museums, with the Flying Boat (Aviation) museum containing numerous attractions. The museum is home to the world's only replica of the B314 flying boat, which can be boarded by guests. A flight simulator for the B314 is also available to participate in, allowing guests to see what it was like to pilot this behemoth of an aircraft. Pioneers of aviation such as Charles Lindbergh, Arthur Brown and John Arlock are also available for guests to meet. This will allow guests to gain fascinating knowledge about early experiments in transatlantic flights. The museum contains even more aviation exhibits along with a 1940 era cinema where the award-winning film "Atlantic Conquest" can be viewed. The maritime museum, on the other hand, is centered around the history of the section of the River Shannon that runs towards Loop Head. The Maritime Museum contains attractions such as the Spring Rice and Montage Room, where guests can learn about famous people from Foynes. The ghost ship "Windsor Castle" and its mysterious tale is also available for viewing. There's even a restored Control Tower with a breath-taking 360 degree view of the area. Along with all of this, the famous 1911 silent film "The Colleen Bawn" is available for viewing. The museum also contains various displays from US civil war uniforms to boat displays. The museum is open 7 days a week from March 15th to Mid-November from 9.30am - 5.00pm. There are many different payment options available for admisssion. Each option can be found at If you're looking for something a bit more heart pounding, then why not try the limerick Racecourse. The racecourse is located at Greenmount Park in Patrickswell. The racecourse is home to horse racing activities set on over 200 acres of green land. The area offers hours of horse racing action with an exuberant atmosphere, along with private suites and a panoramic restaurant overlooking the racecourse. Different entry prices are available at with numerous fixtures being listed at