Best Outdoor Places in Limerick for Families


May 23, 2019

Clancy Strand, Limerick

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If you’re looking for fun places to take the kids for a day out or a family walk in Limerick, here are some of the best outdoor places in Limerick for families to enjoy.

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There are lots of fun places to head out with the kids in Limerick and surrounds, here are some of our favourite outdoor places in Limerick:

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Best Outdoor Places in Limerick for Families

Curragh Chase Forest Park

Curraghchase Forest Park

Curragh Chase is a fantastic outdoor amenity with seating areas and BBQ areas, two kids playgrounds to enjoy, as well as walks or cycling on flat trails into the forest. You can also enjoy watching the swans on the lake. This outdoor place really suits all age groups.

A permanent orienteering course has been laid out in Curragh Chase throughout the park which can be fun to follow.

NB The car park requires €5 fee in coins on entry.

Clare Glens

clare glens limerick

The Clare Glens is a wooded area along the banks of the Clare River, which separates counties Limerick and Tipperary. The scenery is breathtaking, with wild dense forest combined with the calm rushing of the crystal clear waters.

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Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail

Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail is one of the largest areas of its kind in Western Europe. It has trails suitable from novices to serious thrill seekers. Facilities at the trailhead include map boards, car parking, toilets, showers and bike wash facilities. There are also snacks and teas and coffees available along with bike hire.

Lough Gur

Lough Gur Limerick

Lough Gur has a picnic area beside the lake, with flat areas to run around. You can fish at the edge of the lake and take some time to visit the historical sites such as Lough Gur Heritage Centre. You can also climb Knockadoon hill and easily spend a day here with plenty to do.

The Southern Trail

The Southern Trail is the route taken by the Limerick – Tralee railway line and it has been developed for walking and cycling. You can join the trail at 7 different places and cycle for routes of various lengths.

Clancy’s Strand

Clancy Strand, Limerick

Image: © Shannon Development

Clancy’s Strand is situated on the banks of the River Shannon, near Thomond Bridge. You’ll find a long board walk with great views of King John’s Castle and the Curragour falls. You can also see the historic Limerick Treaty Stone, where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691, marking the surrender of the city to William of Orange.

On this walk along you will see where the Abbey River diverges off from the Shannon River creating the island called King’s Island that King John’s Castle sits on. Legends say that the Abbey River was created by Viking invaders whose ships could not cross the Curraghgower falls on the Shannon River.

Glin Pier

Fancy a dip? Head to Glin Pier, a Life Guard will be on Glin Pier during July and August for 3 hours before and after high tide. And for a lazy slow day grab your rod as there are plenty of places to go fishing!

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Castletroy Playground and Park

Castletroy playground

Castletroy has a playground and skateboard park beside it and also a lovely laid out park to walk around which will keep all age groups happy.

Castle Demesne Park and Playground

Head to Castle Demesne Park to enjoy the fabulous outdoor space, within walking distance of Newcastle West town centre. At the entrance to the Desmesne is a lovely open playground and it’s a very nice spot for picnics. Stroll or cycle throughout the 100 acres of mature parkland.

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Have your say! Do you have any favourite outdoor places in Limerick to take the kids? Tell us in the comments below.

Best Outdoor Places in Limerick for Families

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