Open House Tours

Distinguished Villas


Self-guided Walking Tour

Disabled Access


Starting Point: Salesians School, Fernbank, North Circular Road, Limerick


This self-guided walking tour focuses on the high number of surviving nineteenth-century villas along the North Circular Road. These large houses were built for the merchant and professional classes and reflect the prosperous economy of Limerick in the nineteenth century.

Please note: 
• All premises are private, and there is NO permission to enter the grounds or the buildings. 
• Please wear weather appropriate clothing. 

You can print the PDF below; or you can follow the tour using the Google map with further links to photographs of each building, notes on the architectural style, and a historical vignette about the context of the previous occupants. These clippings offer an overview of the history of each house - a more comprehensive account will be included in the upcoming book that Paul is co-writing with Randel Hodkinson.

A link to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) will be included for each entry on the map, thereby encouraging you to further explore and engage in the architectural heritage of Limerick. 

Download the PDF with information and map

View the route and information on Google Maps

Do you know something?

This community-led project will continue to develop as more information becomes available. You are invited to add to the body of knowledge of each house through emailing

This project is led by Dr Paul O'Brien a lecturer at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. He has published in the area of social and economic history. Paul is currently researching a book based on the nineteenth century suburban villas of Limerick city.

This project has been funded by the Heritage Council.