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Walk to the west bank of the Shannon River to see King John's Castle in its full glory. The imposing castle, built in the 13th century by King John of England, stands on the site of an old Viking fortification. Inside its walls you can see medieval weapons and Viking artifacts, along with multimedia exhibits designed to make the rich history of this location accessible to visitors of all ages. The castle's courtyard contains scenes from a 17th century siege, including a campaign tent and a blacksmith's forge. Take advantage of online ticket rates by booking your visit well in advance. To visit King John's Castle and get the most from your holiday in Limerick, create itinerary details personal to you using our Limerick trip site.
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King John's Castle reviews
This is a castle that is not "restored" but rather kept up for historical and educational purposes. The displays and presentations are self-paced and very interesting and educational. I learned a lot.... more
This is a castle that is not "restored" but rather kept up for historical and educational purposes. The displays and presentations are self-paced and very interesting and educational. I learned a lot.... more »
Not much left of this castle except the exterior wall and towers and as we were there out of season none of the activities were happening inside. Good view of the town and the river from the...
Not much left of this castle except the exterior wall and towers and as we were there out of season none of the activities were happening inside. Good view of the town and the river from the... more »
This was one of the most informative tours on my list of castles. The videos and interactive stations were awesome in telling the history of this castle. You can even walk under the renovations and...
This was one of the most informative tours on my list of castles. The videos and interactive stations were awesome in telling the history of this castle. You can even walk under the renovations and... more »
This is one of my favorite castles to tour. It's a legit castle, complete with "murder holes" around the perimeter and all the tremendous history to go along with the heavy exterior... whilst being right there in the middle of this sweet town of Limerick! The view from the top is stellar; don't miss it! I've visited the castle several times. The first was for myself! I was curious about it and was so surprised to find such a well-organized museum inside! I've returned several times to take others who had never toured the castle and will likely go again for the same reason! But I enjoy it so much, so I don't mind at all. If they offered a season pass, I'd likely get one! Most recently, I attended a Van Morrison concert at King John's Castle and was just amazed at the intimacy of this venue and the majesty of the space! It was a dreamy experience!
Excellent place to spend a sunny day, beautiful views from the tower, lots of interesting history and interactive exhibits inside the different areas of the castle. You could easily wander for a few hours especially with 6-12 year old children. The inside of the museum has some fun and educational exhibits like a cannon ball that you can hold to see how heavy it is and a model of the battle that was fought here. Outside you can walk into several different areas but the best parts are climbing up the stair wells to see the views.
What a great museum and castle! We’ve been to a few castle tours here in Ireland and this one has to be one of the best. The museum portion is very informative for those of us who might not know the local history and does a great job explaining the importance of the castle. We were able to walk up one of the towers which was quite exciting! The tour section that takes you underneath the castle walls is also fascinating. I’ve never seen something like this at a castle and it put into perspective a lot of what was talked about during the museum portion about the siege! Overall wonderful castle!
Very well maintained. Has lots of history associated with it. It has been shared in parts divided into periods of history and one has to travel to different part of the route to witness them. The stories are told very nicely and use of audiovisual and historical objects with descriptions does helps to understand the adversity that Irish citizens had to go through to reach to this stage. You do feel sympathy for those who bravely fought for the independence.. Coming back to Castle, it has a nice cosy cafe also and various memorabilia to buy.. Best part for me was the gorgeous views of Shannon River and Limerick city from the top.. splendid and itself worth of the ticket price.. Only issue, a minor one is parking.. it is not very clear on the ticket. The parking is around 3-4 min walk ahead from the castle itself.. although I found it by using Google, but it would make sense to mention it in the ticket itself to avoid any confusion to someone visiting first time.. Overall completely worth it!! And definitely recommend..
The whole family loved this place. Free car park about 2 minutes walk. Tickets are reasonably priced. Staff are very friendly. The whole place, toilets included, was spotless. Nice cafe and gift shop at the end of the tour. Really informative, interactive self-guided tour. Nice panoramic views from the top of the castle walls and towers.
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