King John's Castle, Limerick

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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. Before you head to Limerick, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Limerick vacation generator, to make sure you see all that Limerick has to offer, including King John's Castle.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This castle has a very interedying museum that you first go through before entering the castle portion. Don't skip the museum, quite helpful. The ruins of the castle are cool, just don't expect to see...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Fascinating history and interesting exhibits. Climb the towers for incredible views of Limerick and the surrounding countryside.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Great museum and really get to explore the castle. Going up on the parapets is fun- it's very well preserved.  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    Fascinating castle, with high quality museum. Great staff in period attire to teach sword-fighting and archery. Good cafe on site in the gift shop, as well. Views from the tower of surrounding countryside were gorgeous on a clear June day.
  • June 12, 2017
    King John's castle is one of the most well preserved castles I have ever seen! Great museum inside, the museum is interesting and well suited for the whole family, so if you have kids you can take them here! If you're a photographer be prepared to take some breath-taking photos from the castle's towers, because the view up there is amazing. Visiting here is a MUST to anyone who visits Limerick.
  • June 26, 2017
    The displays are excellent, informative and entertaining... Didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. If you're in Limerick I would highly advise making time for this tour. The views on top of the tower are beautiful.
  • June 26, 2017
    They did a fantastic job of making the history & info of the castle come alive! Very interactive with lots of videos & hands on experiences. There's a lot of multimedia used throughout as well. The castle itself is amazing to look at & so is the surrounding area.
  • July 1, 2017
    Detailed history on the castle. Good size, nice shop attached. Wish the great Hall was still standing. That would have been a strong addition.

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Enjoy top attractions and vibrant nightlife by staying in a hotel or smaller accommodations in Limerick's city center. The central area is not only the most convenient option, but also the safest option for tourists. Here you'll find plenty of hotels, hostels, and other lodgings that work for any budget. If you like to steer clear of the constant buzz of the city, opt for a bed and breakfast or guesthouse in the countryside surrounding the city; avoid the town's outskirts.
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