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King John's Castle
Limerick CityCo. Limerick
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Visit King John's Castle, over 800 years old and in the heart of Limerick City on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. This renowned castle has a state-of-the-art interpretative centre.

Discover King John's Castle and learn about Limerick's fascinating medieval past. Pre-book to nab a space inside this renowned castle. Spanning hundreds of years, come see the exhibition where the retelling of the city's dramatic history from siege to warfare is told through touch-screens.

A dazzling display of CGI animations and ghostly projections unfold as you explore the visitor centre which brings together the castle’s remarkable archaeology with 21st-century technology allowing people to fully appreciate this historical venue.

Admire the majestic River Shannon from the castle and spot excavated pre-Norman houses, fortifications, siege mines, and the battlement walks. At this family-friendly place, enjoy the company of costumed characters, including stonemasons, blacksmiths, soldiers, and siege women, who tell stories and interact with visitors further bringing the history of the castle to life.

Relax with a tasty refreshment at the café after your tour.

Why we like it
  • Experience a castle with over 800 years' worth of history.
  • Enjoy the enthusiasm of in-character reenactors.
  • Take a break at the café on site.
  • Pre-book your medieval adventure to King John's Castle.
Tips from locals

Don't forget your camera. The best views and the perfect selfie spot in the city are from the top of the castle tower, overlooking the River Shannon.

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