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Five MUST-SEE Places On The Road From Limerick to Waterford

Five MUST-SEE Places On The Road From Limerick to Waterford

It has to be said that the road between Limerick and Waterford isn’t great and over the past decades’ many regional authorities have been calling for a motorway to be developed but to no avail.

This is a pity really as the Port of Rosslare (close to Waterford) is the entry/exit point not only for tourist availing of ferries but also for Irish people travelling to Europe.

But if you have time on your
hands the lack of a motorway can be used to your advantage and provides an
ideal chance to get in some serious sightseeing as you travel between the two cities.

In this feature we look at five must-see attractions you could visit along the road between Limerick and Waterford.

1 – Tipperary Racecourse

Just forty-nine kilometres
from Limerick on the N24 and just a few miles
on the Limerick side of Tipperary Town
is the village of
Limerick Junction — also
known for its rail interchange station.

This village boasts a superb racetrack which dates back to 1848.

Racing at Tipperary Racecourse (formerly called Limerick Junction Race Track) takes place over the summer months with about two meetings a month from April through to October.

Events include a family Summer
Sunday and a BBQ meeting in August which are well worth visiting.

So if you can manage to organise your trip on a date that fits in with a race day, all the better.

Address: Ballykisteen, Tipperary, Ireland

2 – Cahir Castle

The town of Cahir is 61 kilometres from Limerick
on the N24 and its principle attraction — one in my opinion well worth a visit
is Cahir Castle.

The Castle built on an Island on the River Suir which runs through the town was
built in 1142 by the then Prince of Thomond Conor O’Brien.

The Castle now owned and
managed by the Office of Public Works hosts a fantastic audio-visual display
where the fascinating history of the castle can be learned.

Apart from entering and
visiting the castle, a simple walk along the adjoining river banks to take in
the splendour of the surroundings — which by the way have been used in many
film and historical television productions including the blockbuster The Tudors
can be an exceptional experience.

The complex history of the castle is far too extensive to go into here but frequent guided tours are held and for those with even a passing interest in history should not be missed.

Address: Castle St, Townparks, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

3 – Clonmel

Clonmel is the largest town in County Tipperary and as such contains the usual range of shops, pubs and amenities.

But what makes Clonmel worth visiting are the various attractions which can be seen by simply taking a short and leisurely stroll around the town.

These attractions include but
are not limited to the 17th-century building called the Main Guard which was
built by the first Duke of Ormond in 1673.

Now convert into shops the
building still retains an exterior which showcases a beautiful and unique
architectural design.

Clonmel’s town centre also
contains a rare historical feature known as the West Gate.

The West Gate is a building
originally intended to guard and defend the then Norman
town from invasion by from the Irish natives who were not permitted to live
within the town walls.

Clonmel, of course, is famous
for the making of cider. One of Europe’s
premier cider manufacturing plants, Bulmers is situated just a few miles
outside the town.

This heritage is echoed at
Dowd’s lane in the Bulmer’s Vat House in the heart of the town.

A short stop-off in Clonmel and even a simple stroll around the town centre is well worth the effort, and it is also advisable to check out and try to coordinate your visit with one of the many cultural events which take place throughout the year, especially during the summer months.

Province: Munster

4 – Carrick on Suir

To be honest Carrick on Suir is a sleepy little town between Clonmel and Waterford city but it does have one particular tourist attraction which makes stopping here worthwhile, and that is the Elizabethan style manor house originally constructed during the 16th century by Thomas Butler the 3rd Earl of Ormond.

During the 17th century, the
house was the residence of James Butler a first cousin of Anne Boleyn. Butler who spent many
years at the court of Queen Elizabeth was greatly influenced by the Architecture
of that period when he built Ireland’s
first Tudor style house adjoining the Castle.

The castle and house are now
controlled by the Office of Public Works and open to the public.

5 – The House of Waterford Crystal Waterford

Once you’ve reached Waterford City, you will be simply spoiled for choice
with interesting attractions to satisfy your sightseeing curiosity. Far too
many to go into here but one suggestion for this Ireland’s oldest city would be the
well laid out Viking Triangle.

This includes the Medieval Museum, Reginald’s Tower and the
Bishop’s Palace which makes up a trinity of must-see first-class museums.

Waterford, of
course, is synonymous with exquisite crystal, and although the original factory
has long since closed, there is a beautifully designed House of Waterford
Crystal centre situated in the heart of the city.

Here you can interpret the history and skills involved in the manufacture of this rare crystal, definitely well worth the visit.    

Address: 28 The Mall, Waterford, Ireland

Well, there you have it four
interesting stops to make on a drive along the N24 between Limerick
and Waterford
cities with of course a few suggestions as to do when you reach your
destination in Waterford.

If driving continuously the journey should take about two-hours however hopeful you might just decide to take in the above attractions and make a nice day of it. Enjoy!