Things to do
Ideally located for touring South and West of Ireland.
Day Trips from Glenview Lodge
Ideally located for touring the South and West of Ireland. A great base for day trips.
Discover the “Wild Atlantic Way” where 2500kms of spectacular coastline with white sands and glittering waves await you.
Uncover “Ireland’s Ancient East” where vibrant history and modern life meet.
Experience “Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands” a beautiful unspoilt part of Ireland. Life moves at its own pace.
(1 hour from Glenview Lodge)
Read the storyboard in front of the church and learn about the Ashford village history. This is the starting point for 4 of the Broadford Ashford Walking Trails. Walk the short 1.3km.Ashford Woodland Loop or venture further and complete some of the longer walks. The perfect family holiday activity.
St. Mary’s Cathedral Limerick City
Explore this extraordinary building. One of the most important medieval buildings still intact in Ireland and still performing its original functions.
King John’s Castle
This brings to life 800 years of dramatic local history. Discover the stories of ruthless King John, the noble knights and rebellious locals with its state of the art interpretive centre. https://www.kingjohnscastle.com/
The Hunt Museum
See the important collection of original works of art and antiquity. Explore one of Ireland’s greatest private collections dating from Neolithic times to the 20th century. Art works in the collection include Picasso, Renoir, Roderic O’Connor and Jack B. Yeats.
Milk Market Limerick
Visit Saturday morning’s all weather farmer’s market and street food. Probably Ireland’s finest outdoor food market. A great morning out for the family while on holiday in the South West of Ireland. https://www.milkmarketlimerick.ie/
Thomond Park Rugby Museum
Experience the proud heritage of Munster Rugby at Thomond Park Stadium with its excellent interactive museum. http://thomondpark.ie/museum-meeting-rooms-in-munster/information-irish-event-facility/
Limerick City Gallery of Art
The gallery invites you to see the best of contemporary art through its temporary exhibitions programme and enjoy the permanent collection of 19th and 20th century Irish art. http://www.gallery.limerick.ie/
Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum (40mins from Glenview Lodge)
Discover the era of transatlantic passenger flights, the invention of Irish Coffee and the maritime history of the majestic River Shannon situated in the Wild Atlantic Way. https://www.flyingboatmuseum.com/
Adare (30mins from Glenview Lodge)
Visit Adare with its picture postcard main street of thatched cottages and medieval buildings. Adare is a very popular tourist destination. Take a guided tour of the Adare Desmond Castle. Dine in one of Adare’s many renowned restaurants which include Limerick’s first Michelin Star restaurant at Adare Manor and Michelin Gourmand Bib at 1826. Adare Manor Golf Club is hosting the Ryder Cup in 2027.
Lough Gur Visitor Centre Lough Gur (45mins from Glenview Lodge)
Experience Lough Gur. Hear the story of Pre Celtic settlers who farmed and lived in this peaceful valley of Lough Gur in County Limerick. View the Lough Gur Horseshoe lake in this tranquil location and visit the largest pre historic stone circle in Ireland. Part of ‘Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands’ https://loughgur.com/
Irish Palatine Centre, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick (25mins from Glenview Lodge)
In 1709 several families of German origin settled in Ireland. Known as Palatines they established roots mainly in County Limerick. This exhibition tells their story. http://www.irishpalatines.org/
De Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage Centre, Bruree, Co.Limerick (30mins from Glenview Lodge)
Dedicated to Eamon De Valera 1882-1975 former President of Ireland. The National School he attended houses this museum. The cottage where he lived is also preserved.
Terra Nova Fairy Gardens (near Kilmallock, County Limerick 30mins from Glenview Lodge)
One of Ireland’s best known private gardens enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Here you have a plant lovers garden and a magical fairy garden to enchant children and adults alike. A perfect day out for all the family while on your vacation in County Limerick. https://www.terranovagarden.com/cms/
The Thomas Fitzgerald Centre (Bruff Co. Limerick 40mins from Glenview Lodge)
Thomas Fitzgerald, great grand-father to John Fitzgerald Kennedy the 35th President of the USA emigrated from Bruff in 1852. This centre is a tribute to this world famous family.
Old Irish Ways Museum (near Bruff, Co. Limerick 40mins from Glenview Lodge)
Take a step back through various periods of Irish Life. This is a private collection of various artifacts and collectables which were used as part of everyday life through the years in Ireland’s past.
Stonehall Wildlife Park Curachase (35mins from Glenview Lodge)
Enjoy a wide variety of animals, the nature trail and the pets corner play area for children in this private owned park. https://www.stonehallvisitorfarm.com/
Askeaton (35mins from Glenview Lodge)
The town of Askeaton is rich in archaeological remains. The castle and friary is one of the most complete ruins of a medieval abbey in Ireland.
(1 hour 15 mins from Glenview Lodge)
Contemporary art in historic buildings, chic cocktails in the Victorian quarter, people of all ages revelling in the atmosphere.
The English Market
Visit this fabulous covered Irish food market. Drop into the Farmgate cafe for delicious dishes made from the market’s wares.
Cork Gaol Heritage Centre
Tour the gloomy cells and corridors to be transferred back to the tough and turbulent times to experience day to day life of prisoners and gaolers. https://corkcitygaol.com/
Cork Crawford Municipal Art Gallery
Tour this welcoming gallery to view a fine collection of Irish and European Art from the 18th century to the present day. https://crawfordartgallery.ie/
Cork Butter Museum
Discover the history of butter making in this unique museum. http://thebuttermuseum.com/
UCC University College Cork
Visit the UCC visitor centre. View the Ogham stones, a replica of a famine cabin and view artwork at the Gluckson Gallery.
Blarney Castle and Gardens (1hr from Glenview Lodge)
A world landmark and one of Irelands greatest treasures. Explore the castle and its extensive gardens. Home of the Blarney Stone. Located in ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ https://www.blarneycastle.ie/
Kinsale (1 hour 40 mins. From Glenview Lodge)
Spend some time in this vibrant Irish coastal town famous for its colourful streetscapes, great food and rich history.
Spike Island (ferry from Cobh) Cobh is 1hr.30mins from Glenview Lodge
Discover a remote monastery in the Celtic sea, a fortress to defend an empire, an island prison and centuries of Irish Life. Explore the museums and exhibitions and scenic island walks. The optional tour is recommended. https://www.spikeislandcork.ie/
Jameson Distillery Midleton County Cork (1hr 25mins from Glenview Lodge)
Take a guided tour around the distillery’s heritage grounds and discover exactly what makes this world famous whiskey so famous.
The Cobh Heritage Centre and the Queenstown Story (1hr.30 mins. from Glenview Lodge)
This is the story of Irish emigration. Learn about the ill fated Titanic and Lusitania.
Blackrock Castle Observatory (5kms from Cork City and 1hr 20mins. from Glenview Lodge)
Visit and include a guided tour of the castle, planetarium shows and interactive exhibits. Delve into space science and much more.
Killarney (part of the Ring of Kerry)
Enjoy the scenic beauty of the stunning lakes, mountains and woods. Call to Muckross House and visit its traditional Irish farm. Tour the 15th century Ross Castle. Walk or cycle the various scenic trails. Admire Torc Waterfall and Killarney House not forgetting Muckross Friary. Wander down the street, grab a tasty meal and relax in a comfortable pub.
Ring of Kerry
Make an early start begin your journey at Killarney, travel on to Killorglin and Caherciveen. Take amazing photos. Navigate the curving roads and jagged coastlines in this section of ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’. Enjoy the fabulous scenery. If you have time visit the Skellig Islands known for the well preserved Christian monastery, An UNESCO world heritage site and film location for Star Wars.
Dingle (2 hours from Glenview Lodge)
Dingle town is the hub of the beautiful Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry in the province of Munster. Sit and take in the busy marina. Travel the peninsula, the film location for Star Wars Episode V11 The Last Jedi. The peninsula is dominated by a range of mountains. The magnificent coastline consists of steep sea cliffs and sandy beaches. Our native Gaelic (Irish language) prospers. Savour the local food and archaeology, meet the people and listen to the music.
Crag Caves (Near Castleisland) (40 mins from Glenview Lodge)
See the magical stalagmites and stalactites. Children’s activities include the indoor games area. Visit the café and gift shop. https://cragcave.com/website2/
Ballybunion (In north Kerry 1 hour from Glenview Lodge)
Our favourite beach in Ireland with miles of white sand. Also known for its world famous links golf course with its natural sand dunes. Enjoy the beautiful cliff walk and why not try a seaweed bath.
Cliffs of Moher (2hrs. from Glenview Lodge)
This area of outstanding natural beauty is one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions. Cliffs rise to 214 m at their highest point and continue for 8km over the Atlantic Ocean. Walk the fabulous trails and enjoy the ocean views.
Experience the beauty of The Burren with its limestone pavements, curious rock formations and its unique ecosystem. This UNESCO recognised geopark is not to be missed while on your Irish holiday.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park (1 hr 10 mins from Glenview Lodge)
Visit one of Ireland’s premier tourist attractions. The 15th century Bunratty Castle with medieval banquets, folk park and village street where 19th century life is vividly recreated. https://www.bunrattycastle.ie/
Rock of Cashel (1hr 30mins from Glenview Lodge)
This is an iconic ecclesiastical site. The group of medieval buildings are located near the centre of Cashel Town and also offers stunning vistas of the surrounding countryside. https://heritageireland.ie/visit/places-to-visit/rock-of-cashel/
Dublin is Ireland’s capital city and is only a 2 hour train journey from Charleville which is 30 mins. from Glenview Lodge Early morning trains daily, check Irish Rail. https://www.irishrail.ie/