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King John's Castle
Limerick City, Co. Limerick
Free car parking
Family friendly
Rainy days
Step inside the walls of one of Limerick’s most iconic landmarks, King John’s Castle. From the castle’s interactive exhibition and magnificent views, to trying your skills at the series of medieval courtyard games, a visit to this medieval fortress is a must when visiting Limerick City.

Located in the heart of Limerick City’s medieval quarter, visitors have the unique opportunity to discover the stories of ruthless King John, the noble knights and rebellious natives.

Experience 800 years of dramatic local history come to life. 21st century touch screen technology, 3D models and discovery drawers are among the exciting techniques that will connect you to tales of siege and warfare.

In King John's Castle's spacious outdoor courtyard, visitors can try their hand at a series of Medieval Courtyard Games including medieval archery, hopscotch, noughts and crosses, horseshoe throwing and tug of war. This gives you a sense of the bustling activity that once took place in this vast courtyard during medieval times.

Meet some of King John's Castle medieval characters and climb the ancient towers for spectacular surrounding views across the roaring River Shannon and the rooftops of Limerick City.

Why we like it
  • Experience a castle with over 800 years’ worth of dramatic history.
  • Enjoy the enthusiasm of courtyard animators and reenactors.
  • Participate in a series of Medieval Courtyard Games including archery, tug of war and horseshoe throwing.
  • Take a break at the Siege Café or browse the gift store on site.
Tips from locals

Don't forget your camera. Some of the best views over Limerick City and the perfect selfie spot are from the top of the castle tower, overlooking the River Shannon.

Tips from locals

King John’s Castle, in association with Nevsail Watersports & Adventures now offer a unique abseiling experience. Abseil from the castle's gatehouse turret and enjoy the views while descending the historic walls.

Contact details
Nicholas St, Englishtown, Limerick, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 2 hours here.

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