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.
Limerick Kayak Club
Limerick Kayak Club is a Kayak & Canoe club with paddlers from across the region. The main activities of the club are river trips, freestyle and kayak surfing and club membership is open to anyone with ICU Level 2 skills or higher.
Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails
The Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails are the largest trail network of its kind in Ireland and provides 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.
Curragh Chase Forest Park
Curragh Chase 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, Orienteering Course, Walking Trails, Cycling Trails, Arboreta/Gardens.
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 Teen Adventure Days, a full day of one sport e.g. Canoeing River Trip, Mountain Biking, Galty Mountain Hillwalk, Rockclimbing & Abseiling, 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 some great places to go karting:
Skatepark at Castletroy Park
Castletroy Park has 1.2 km of pedestrian pathways with a skateboarding area, circular cycle route and central performance/exhibition area with covering structure, and a fully equipped children’s playground. It also features an array of natural habitats, including a lake, wetlands, wildflower grass areas and woodlands and parking area.
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 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 combine to recreate the atmosphere of the era.
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.
Limerick City Walking Tours
Limerick City Walking Tours take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays 11.30 and 2.30 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 €6, students €4, family ticket €12. Other walking tours available.
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