Adare, County Limerick

Explore Adare, West Limerick and the South West Region

Situated in the south west of Ireland, Adare is regarded  Ireland's prettiest and most picturesque village, and is a haven for those wishing to escape and unwind taking in its medieval surroundings. Situated on the river Maigue, a tributary of the river Shannon, Adare is steeped in history dating back to 1200AD. Adare has been the subject of many rebellions, wars and conquests, leaving behind a legacy of historical monuments.

There are many activities in Adare, West Limerick and beyond to keep you entertained throughout your stay. See below for details.


Aspen House is only a few minutes from some of the finest restaurants in the region. The award winning 1826 and The Wild Geese are located just a few minutes walk from our door. The Arches and the Blue Door are also great restaurants right on the Main Street. The Mustard Seed in Ballingarry is also sure to impress your taste buds!

The local pubs also serve lovely traditional food in a more informal setting.

pubs in adare

With four pubs on the main street of Adare, there's always some "craic agus ceol" to be had! Aunty Lena's, Pat Collins Bar, Bill Chawkes and Sean Collins & Sons have weekly trad nights with some great local musicians on show.

There's also great traditional food served in these pubs.


The streets of Adare are a hotspot for ladies boutiques with shoppers coming from far and wide. From Aisling Maher's world famous hat designs to the elegance and style of the Isobel boutique.

Munster rugby

Enjoy the atmosphere and excitement of a Munster Rugby game in the spiritual home of Irish Rugby - Thomond Park.

Gaelic Games

The ancient game of hurling is one of our national sports in Ireland with both Adare and Limerick having a very strong tradition. Throughout the summer, there are games on most weekends.

river maigue walk

The River Maigue runs through Adare and has a beautiful river bank walk which runs from one end of the village to the other - enough to stretch one's legs but it won't leave you breathless.  See the many flora and fauna which grace the banks of this majestic river.

curraghchase & other walking trails

The beautiful Curraghchase Forest Park is not far away. It comprises a number of marked trails, a lake and the ruins of Curraghchase House, the former home of poet Aubrey de Vere which was accidently destroyed by fire in 1941.

If you are interested in local famine history, a walk up Knockfierna Mountain, close to the village of Ballingarry, will take you past a number of reconstructed cottages which were abandoned during the famine, as well as a memorial.

Adare Heritage Centre, Local History & Ruins

Adare is steeped in history dating back to 1200AD. Adare has been the subject of many rebellions, wars and conquests, leaving behind a legacy of historical monuments. The Desmond Castle lies on the banks of the river Maigue with more churches and a friary ruin dotted within a short walk. The Adare Manor is an old estate and the former seat of the Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl. The present house was built in the early 19th-century, though retaining some of the walls of the 17th-century structure. It is now the Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, a luxury resort hotel. There are many more local treasures to be uncovered through the tours which run from the Heritage Centre as well as their comprehensive exhibition. Please see link below for further info.

Local & Regional Golf

There are two 18-hole parkland championship golf courses situated in the village of Adare.

The oldest is The Adare Manor Golf Club which was established in 1902. Situated by the river Maigue, the ruins of Desmond Castle, the Franciscan Friary and the Wesley Stone provide a unique and picturesque backdrop.

The Golf Course at Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort was opened in 1995, as part of the facilities of the exclusive Adare Manor Hotel. This is one of Ireland's premier championship golf courses which was designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr. It is set on 230 acres of lush countryside with the River Maigue flowing through it.

There are many more fine golf courses in the south west of Ireland within an hours drive Adare. For more info see link below.

Pitch & Putt

Adare Pitch & Putt course is located in the heart of the village of Adare just 5 minutes walk from the village hall. The course is 18 holes and is kept in excellent condition all year round. It's always a fun and challenging day out. Bring your own clubs or rent ours at very reasonable rates.


The Adare and wider West Limerick region is popular among game and coarse fishing enthusiasts. The River Maigue which flows through Adare is one of Ireland’s most notable trout fishing spots and the Rivers Deel and Feale as well as the Shannon Estuary offer excellent fishing opportunities.

Polocrosse, Horse Riding & Horse Racing

Polocrosse is an excellent way for any person to learn to ride, advance their riding skills to a higher level, or simply to try something new on horseback. The Limerick Polocrosse clubs provides riding lessons for the complete beginner, right up to the most advanced adrenaline junkies. See link for details.

Clonshire Equestrian Centre is set on 120 acres of rolling parkland just outside Adare.  Whether you are a child or an adult, a beginner wanting to start your journey as a rider ora rider with years of riding experience, you are guaranteed to find a lesson or programme or holiday to suit you here in Clonshire

Limerick Racecourse is located just a 5 minute drive from Adare with regular race meets and festivals.

Lough Gur Heritage Centre

An Archaeological gem of international significance. Includes the remains of stone circles and standing stones, ancient burial chambers and Cairns. Artefacts have been found dating back to the Bronze Age.

(Driving from Aspen House- 30 minutes)

Stonehall visitor Farm

Stonehall Visitor Farm & Wildlife Park is located in a tranquil & beautiful rural setting in Co. Limerick running parallel to Curraghchase Forest Park and 6 miles from Adare. The farm allows the visitors to experience first hand, the enjoyment & fun of a wide variety of animals in a secure and pleasant setting.

(Driving from Aspen House- 10 minutes)

King JOHN'S Castle

Located just 10 miles away, this 13th century castle is superbly situated on a volcanic rock with a marvellous view overlooking the whole Shannon estuary. The castle remains a most impressive Anglo-Norman fortress. It retains many of its pioneering features which make its construction unique for its day. Its massive gatehouse, battlements and corner towers await exploration.

(Driving from Aspen House- 20 minutes)

Hunt Museum

Located just 10 miles away, the Hunt Museum exhibits one of Ireland's greatest private collections of art and antiques. You can view art by Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, Renoir and Yeats, and stunning work from medieval times. Examine weapon and tools from the Celtic Past and visit the jewellery gallery, where the gold cross anecdotally linked to Mary Queen of Scots is displayed. 

(Driving from Aspen House- 20 minutes)

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. The famous flying boats were frequent visitors, carrying on board a diverse range of people from celebrities to refugees. The museum recalls the era with exhibits and graphic illustrations. You can see original footage of the flying boats. The museum is situated in the original terminal building with its Radio and Weather Room. 

(Driving from Aspen House- 25 minutes)

Cliffs of moher

Just over an hour's drive away, the Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year.

Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years. 

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is the starting point for visitors. It comprises a state-of-the-art visitor centre, pathways, steps and viewing platforms.  

(Driving from Aspen House- 1 hour 15 minutes)


Just over an hour's drive away is the world famous town of Killarney - a wonderland full of activities to suit all tastes! Ireland’s adventure capital is sure to satisfy thrill seekers, while Killarney National Park, Lakes and Mountains mirror a playground for boat trips, walking, hiking, horse riding, fishing, cycling, exploring the history and heritage & lots of family fun.

(Driving from Aspen House- 1 hour 10 minutes)

Rock of cashel

The Rock of Cashel also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock, is a historic site located at Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland. Visited by thousands of tourists every year, it is one of the most popular attractions in the south west of Ireland. 

(Driving from Aspen House- 1 hour 10 minutes)