Ireland's Pretties Village
Located only a 25-minute drive from the Absolute Hotel Limerick you will find the picturesque village of Adare, situated on the
River Maigue a tributary of the River Shannon.
Renowned for being one of Irelands prettiest villages as well as a designated Heritage Town, Adare offers picture-perfect scenes of the main street with thatched cottages and medieval buildings. And with over 20 exciting visitor attractions, Adare is the ideal place for those who love to walk, explore and relax.
The local Adare Heritage Centre gives insight into the history of the village with interesting exhibitions and also hosts a number of craft shops and a restaurant. Adare is a major golf destination hosting the Irish Open at the Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort and it will be the host of the Ryder Cup I 2026. The church on the main street is the only Trinitarian Monastery in Ireland; which was founded in 1230 and restored by
the local Earl of Dunraven in the 1800’s.
The Desmond Castle
The Desmond Castle is located on the edge of Adare. The Castle was erected with an ancient ring-fort around the 13th Century. It was the property of the Earls of Kildare for nearly 300 years until the rebellion in 1536 when it was forfeited and granted to the Earls of Desmond,
who gave the castle its present name.
The Franciscan Friary
Founded in 1464 and situated on the Adare Manor Golf Course it is one of the most structurally complete Franciscan foundations in Ireland. In the nineteenth century, the friary was incorporated into the redesign of the estate of the Earl of Dunraven and remains within the grounds of Adare Manor today.
Restaurants, Cafés & Bars
Adare is often referred to as the "gourmet village" of the Mid-West. and offers award-winning restaurants serving delicious food all year round. Adare's bars also offer great entertainment including live Irish music while you enjoy a pint of creamy Guinness or a bottle of your favourite wine with your meal.