The Shannon region is home to some beautiful countryside, taking in the Atlantic coastline, a gently wandering river and numerous valleys and lush green fields. Its a great place to go for outdoor activities like hiking, golf, boating and angling.
From artisan chocolates to pints of Guinness
In the evening, there are plenty of pubs and restaurants to keep you entertained and the region prides itself on its food. From traditional plates of Irish bacon and cabbage or black pudding to artisan chocolates and ice creams and hand-roasted coffees, there are plenty of tasty treats on offer.
Top 5 historical Shannon attractions
- Bunratty Castle and Folk Park - Rural and urban life in 19th-century Ireland is recreated here. Actors dressed in period costume demonstrate what daily life was like in the cottages, school, post office, shops and pub. The 15th-century castle, meanwhile, has one of Irelands finest collections of medieval furniture
- King Johns Castle, Limerick - This 13th-century castle reopened in June 2013 following a multi-million- euro refurbishment. The new visitor centre has interactive exhibitions and animations to take you back in time
- Craggaunowen - This award-winning prehistoric park shows what life was like in the Bronze Age. Actors demonstrate how the Celts did everything from hunting to cooking
- Dungaire Castle - This restored 16th-century tower house sits on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Galway Bay and is just 300 yards from the pretty village of Kinvara
- Brian Boru Heritage Centre - The exhibition tells the story of the Irish king whose army defeated the invading Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014
Top 5 modern Shannon attractions
- Ballycasey Craft and Design Centre - Gifts are handmade and sold here: theres a goldsmith, a framer and a flower shop, plus a heraldic centre where you can research your family crest
- Knappogue Castle and Walled Garden - The gardens of this 15th-century tower house have been restored to their Victorian appearance. Climbing roses, grapevines and clematis adorn the walls
- Killaloe - This pretty little town has narrow streets, old shops and a 13th-century cathedral
- Atlantic AirVenture - This aviation education and flight simulation centre runs a range of activities and events
- Shannon Golf Club - Home to a former pro-am course and a clubhouse with views over the Shannon Estuary