Local attractions

Plan your stay in Adare with a host of activities for all the family

Adare Castle Tours

The Adare Desmond Castle is located on the edge of the village of Adare, just off the N21 on the main Limerick to Kerry road. The castle was erected with an ancient ring-fort around the early part of the 13th century. It became a strategic fortress during the following turbulent years.

Carrigogunnell Castle

The castle is superbly situated on a volcanic rock with a marvellous view overlooking the whole Shannon estuary. It consists of a multi-sided enclosure, fortified by a strong wall probably of 15th century date.8km from Adare, and to the west of Limerick.

Curraghchase Forest Park

Curraghchase Forest Park and caravan park is located approximately 4km from the village of Adare. This unspoiled and natural forest land is an ideal spot to relax in County Limerick's finest parkland.

De Valera Museum

The De Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage Centre is dedicated to Eamon de Valera [1882-1975], former president of Ireland and one of the country’s most famous statesmen.

Foynes Flying Boat Museum

The museum recalls the 1930's and 40's when the port of Foynes was the fulcrum point for air traffic between the US and Europe.

Frank McCourt Museum

The museum showcases a classroom of the 1930’s and the McCourt home, as described in “Angela’s Ashes” and a bronze bust of Dr.Frank McCourt is displayed on a plinth at the entrance.


The historic town of Askeaton  is situated approximately 15 kilometres from Adare, about 20 minutes by car. It is situated on the  N69, the road between Limerick and Tralee, and is built on the banks of the  River Deel, 3 km upstream from  River Shannon estuary. Among the historic sites in the town there is a castle founded in 1199 and a Franciscan friary dating from 1389.

Historical Exhibition

Step back in time and take a journey through the historical exhibition, a reconstruction of Adare's unique past from the arrival of the Norman's to the ancient abbeys of the Middle Ages.

Irish Palatine Heritage Centre

In 1709 several hundred families of German origin settled in Ireland. Known as the Palatines they established roots mainly in Rathkeale. A greatly extended display of artefacts, photographs, graphics etc.

King Johns Castle

At the Castle you can join in the living interpretation and re-enactment with costumed guides who reveal the secrets and scandals of castle life. Experience 800 years of history with dramatic stories brought to life. Exhibitions, 3D models, discovery drawers and audio visuals.

Limerick City

Limerick City is just a 20 minute drive from Adare and 20 a minute drive from Shannon Airport. The city is a must-visit location for visitors to Adare. It is the  third most populous  urban area in the state, and the fourth most populous  city on the island of Ireland. Limerick is a city steeped in history.

Limerick Hunt Museum

Located in the heart of Limerick City, The Hunt Museum is home to the eclectic collection generously donated by John and Gertrude Hunt to the people of Ireland.

Lough Gur Heritage Centre

Lough Gur is an archaeological gem of international significance. The site includes the remains of stone circles and standing stones, ancient burial chambers and Cairns.

Shannon Ferry

Shannon Ferry will take you and your vehicle on a memorable 20 minute journey across the Shannon from Tarbert in County Kerry to Killimer in County Clare.

Stonehall Visitor Farm

Suitable for all ages, view and experience a wide range of animals and birds on the farm trail which covers 45 acres. Sheep, red deer, rare Soay sheep, ostrich, emu, ducks, geese, rabbits, guinea pigs and many more. Located beside curraghchase forest park, 4 km from Adare.

Desmond Castle Newcastlewest

The ruins of the Castle and the Banqueting Hall are located off the town square and are very well maintained. The banqueting hall of the Desmond Castle, seat of the Earl of Desmond, parts of which date from the 13th century, is the most notable historical feature of the town.

Bunratty Castle & Folk Village

Welcome to Bunratty Castle, the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. At evening time  Medieval Banquets are held in the castle and are open to the public to enjoy.