Things to Do in Limerick for Teenagers and Older Kids

Jennifer Buttner


April 7, 2014

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Are you looking for activities for teenagers? Need some ideas for tweens? Here’s our Mykidstime pick of Things to do in Limerick for Teenagers and Older Kids.

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Outdoor Activities

Limerick Kayak Club

Limerick Kayak Club is a Kayak & Canoe club with paddlers from across the region. The club offers whitewater river trips, freestyle and kayak surfing, canoe polo, sea kayaking and long distance races. Club membership is open to anyone with Canoe Ireland Level 2 skills or higher. They have a Junior section for children aged 9-17 where no previous experience is required and membership costs €25 per child.

Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails

ballyhouraThe Ballyhoura Trailriders Mountain Bike Trails are the largest trail network of its kind in Ireland and provide many options for off-road cycling in the mountains.

Forest road climbs lead you into tight twisty singletrack with loads of ups and downs, tight turns and technical rocky bits. The trails range from a moderate 6 kilometre Greenwood loop to the demanding Castlepook loop, over 50 kilometres in length! It has trails – suitable for everyone from the novice to the gnarly.

You can rent many different varieties of mountain bikes for the day including their new electric bikes. They have a 6 hour ‘Getting Started’ course for €60 for people who are new to mountain biking to learn the basics and undertake the course with people at the same level as you.

Curraghchase Forest Park

curraghchaseWe’re lucky to have a Coillte Forest Park on our doorstep.

Curraghchase Forest Park is located 22km west of Limerick on the N69 coast road close to Kilcornan and Askeaton. 

There are a number of looped way marked trails in the park to suit all visitors. They vary from the multi-access trails suitable for wheelchair users and family walkers to the longer Curragh and Glenisca trails suitable for those looking for more demanding walking and cycling.

Amenities include Public toilet, Picnic Site, Playground, Barbecue, Boat launch, Walking Trails, Cycling Trails, Arboreta/Gardens. There is also a  permanent orienteering course in Curragh Chase. Entry costs €5 per car.

Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre

Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre has Teen Adventure Programmes suitable for 13-17 years old offering a real taste of outdoor adventure giving participants the chance to develop skills and have great fun with like minded friends.

Their programmes include a full day of one sport e.g. the Canoeing River Trip, Hillwalking and Mountaineering, Rockclimbing & Abseiling and Raftbuilding, as well as half day courses focusing on one sport and five day multi-activity programmes including a night camping out.

Karting in Limerick

We are spoiled for choice on the Karting front in Limerick with these great places to go karting!

Delta Karting

Delta Karting has two spectacular rally inspired tracks with banked corners, tunnels, flyovers and hills at 55 Km/h! Prices range from €20 for 15 minutes to €30 for 25 minutes.

National Kart Centre

The National Kart Centre, Limerick, located in Old Burlington Estate on Corbally Road has a track that is almost 1,500 metres in length with bridges, tunnels and underpasses. They have 15, 20 & 30 minute slots available.


Castletroy Park

Castletroy Park has a brilliant skatepark which is perfect for teens, as well as many other amenities including 1.2 km of pedestrian pathways with a circular cycle route and central performance/exhibition area and a children’s playground.

Mount Kennett Skateboard Park

Located on Steamboat Quay, overlooking the River Shannon, Mount Kennett Skate Park is an outdoor, concrete skate park in Limerick city.

Indoor Activities

Limerick Youth Cafes

There are 3 Youth Cafes in Limerick:

  • Lava Javas Youth Cafe open on Thursday, 16:30-20:00hrs, Friday, 16:00-21:00hrs, Saturday, 15:00-20:00hrs to all young people aged 14-19 years of age.
  • Northside Youth Cafe open Wednesday, 15:00-18:00hrs Girls Only Group, Thursday, 16:00-20:00hrs Open Access Drop In, Friday, 16:00-19:00hrs Open Access Drop In for young people aged 14-19 and
  • Laff Caff open Friday, 17:00-20:00 Saturday, 14:00-17:00 for ages 14-21.

You can find locations of Limerick Youth Clubs on the Limerick Youth Service website.

Climbing Wall at Kilfenane

Why not have a go at the climbing wall at Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre? Introductory sessions take place on their Indoor Rockwall, designed for all abilities and includes bouldering roped climbs of varying difficulty, over-hanging climbs and lead climbs. Outdoor Rockclimbing and Abseiling are based nearby at local crags.

The Rockwall is open to climbers of all levels including beginners. Experienced climbers need to complete a belay test before first use and there is a simple training session for complete beginners.

History & Culture

King John’s Castle

King Johns CastleKing John’s Castle is a brilliant attraction where you can explore 800 years of history brought to life in the imaginative historical exhibition, excavated pre Norman houses, fortifications, siege mines and the battlement walks. The sights, scenes and sounds of the castle and its environs all recreate the atmosphere of the era through the incredibly interactive exhibitions. Book online and save 10% on day admission.

Thomond Park Museum

The Munster Experience at Thomond Park Museum gives you an insight into the history of Munster Rugby and Thomond Park Stadium, from the Junior and Senior clubs within the 6 counties of Munster to the Heineken cup trophies and medals won.

From the visitors’ signatures including the New Zealand All Blacks and Australian Wallabies to the games room where you can try your hand at throwing a line-out with authentic Munster match balls and testing your reactions in the interactive game zone. Museum only costs €5.00 for adults and €3.00 for children, or a combined museum and stadium tour ticket is €10.00 for adults and €8.00 for children.

Limerick City Walking Tours

Limerick City Walking Tours take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays 11.30 and 2.30 and run for approximately 60 to 90 minutes, given by the Limerick Civic Trust.

Their Tour of Medieval English Town explores the oldest parts of Limerick City from Viking times to our present day. Stories from our past are revisited on foot including The Bard of Thomond, St Munchin and the Story of the Bishops’ Lady. The tour starts at the Bishop’s Palace and includes Thomond Bridge, The Treaty Stone, The Toll House, Villiars Alms House, St Munchin’s Church and Graveyard, to end up in front of the Bishop’s Palace again. The historical interior of the Bishops’ Palace and curio wall are also included on this tour.

Meeting Point: Bishop’s Palace on Church Street (old building across the road from King John’s Castle). Adults €10, and a family ticket (including two adults and two children) costs €18.00.

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