Thomond Park is the home of Munster Rugby, Shannon RFC and UL Bohemian RFC.
It’s finely located in Limerick City and you can have a nosey around both the stadium and the museum on an immersive tour.
Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about visiting Thomond Park, from tickets to the stadiums history.
Some quick need-to-knows about Thomond Park Museum
Although a visit to Thomond Park is fairly straightforward, there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit that bit more enjoyable.
Thomond Stadium is located in the northwest of Limerick City along Cratloe Road, a 30-minute walk from Limerick train station.
2. Opening hours
The stadium is open for tours from Monday to Friday from 09:30 and on Saturdays and Sundays for groups of 6+ (note: it’s advised that you book tickets in advance).
Tickets for Thomond Stadium tours vary depending on tour type. Here’s an overview (note: prices may change):
- Museum & Stadium Tour: Adult: €10, children: €8, OAP: €7
- Stadium Tours: Adult: €8 and children €5
- Museum Only (match days): Adult €5 and children €3
4. The stadium
Thomond Park Stadium is home to Munster Rugby, Shannon RFC and UL Bohemian RFC. It was redeveloped in 2007/2008 and now has a capacity of 25,600.
About Thomond Park
Thomond Park Stadium opened in 1934. In the early days, the stadium had 2 pitches; a training pitch and the main match-day pitch.
Like many stadiums at the time, it had terracing, which are a series of concrete steps, that surrounded the main pitch.
Several redevelopments took place over the years. The first was between 1998 and 1999 when several million pounds were spent to introduce a new pitch, medical facilities, floodlighting and more to the grounds.
A second, much larger redevelopment took place not long after, in 2007. This took the grounds seating capacity to 25,630.
Thomond Park reopened in 2008 and this milestone event was marked with a match between Munster and the All Blacks.
In 2013, the stadium won the illustrious title of ‘Best Rugby Stadium in the World’, after a vote by rugby fans across the world.
What to expect from the Thomond Park Museum Tour
The Thomond Park Tour should appeal to domestic and internation rugby fans looking to get an insight into one of Ireland’s more notable rugby grounds.
Here’a a quick overview of what you can expect from the tour (again, make sure to book tickets in advance):
1. It kicks off with a guided tour of the Thomond Park Stadium
Your visit will begin with a guided tour of Thomond Park Stadium. Throughout the tour, you’ll follow in the footsteps of those that take to the pitch here each week.
A guide will lead you to the dressing room and the tunnel that players walk through to reach the pitch, along with sections of the stadium only accessible to players and staff.
2. Before moving into the interactive museum
After your tour of the stadium, you’ll move into the interactive museum that immerses you in the stadiums past.
This state of the art museum includes a screening of the specially commissioned movie ‘We Are Munster’, which tells the story of the club and the bond it shares with its supporters.
Things to do near Thomond Park Museum
One of the beauties of the Thomond Park tour is that, when you’ve finished, you’re a short walk from some of the best things to do in Limerick.
Below, you’ll find a handful of things to see and do a stone’s throw from Thomond Park (plus places to eat and where to grab a post-adventure pint!).
1. The Treaty Stone (15-minute walk)
The Treaty Stone is a historical landmark on the bankS of the River Shannon next to Thomond Bridge. In 1691, the Treaty of Limerick was signed on this stone, bringing to an end of the Williamite-Jacobite War.
2. King John’s Castle (20-minute walk)
King John’s Castle is one of the main attractions in Limerick and is located in the very heart of the city on Nicholas Street. This Norman castle dates back to the late 12th-century it’s well worth exploring.
3. St Mary’s Cathedral (20-minute walk)
St Mary’s Cathedral is the oldest building in Limerick still in use to this day. It was founded in 1168 by the last King of Munster, Domnall Mór Ua Briain it’s home to the only surviving pre-Elizabethan carved misericords in the whole of Ireland.
4. Lots more attractions in the city (5-minute +)
After your visit to Thomond Village, head towards the Milk Market for a bit of grub before nipping into the People’s Park for a ramble. If it’s raining, you have the Hunt Museum, St John’s Cathedral and the Limerick City Gallery of Art.
FAQs about the Thomond Stadium Tour
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘How much is it?’ to ‘Is it worth doing?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
How many seats does Thomond Park have?
Thomond Park Stadium has 25,600 seats after its redevelopment in 2007/2008.
Is the Thomond Park tour worth doing?
If you’re a sports fan visiting Limerick, yes – it’s worth doing the tour as it offers an immersive view into the stadium’s past.
I was born in a quiet corner of a Gaeltacht on the Dingle Peninsula. Over the years, I’ve explored Ireland far and wide, from the wilds of West Clare to the shores of Sherkin. Particularly fond of heritage, history and hikes (and words beginning with ‘H’, apparently…).