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. 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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  • I really enjoyed my morning at King John's Castle. Much of the castle is well-preserved, and there is a lot of information about the history. In the courtyard, there are activities for both children.....  more
    I really enjoyed my morning at King John's Castle. Much of the castle is well-preserved, and there is a lot of information about the history. In the courtyard, there are activities for both children.....  more »
  • I do wish they would update their website, we along with others arrived at 10am as that is opening time advertised, but sadly our morning was wasted as they now don't open until 12noon. 
    I do wish they would update their website, we along with others arrived at 10am as that is opening time advertised, but sadly our morning was wasted as they now don't open until 12noon.  more »
  • Really good museum with modern technic to give details about the castel and the time it was build in. Really enjoyed the time there and learned many new things! 
    Really good museum with modern technic to give details about the castel and the time it was build in. Really enjoyed the time there and learned many new things!  more »
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  • I found the history of the castle and Limerick to be extensive and very interesting. There's visual guides and cool interactive things for adults and children. Some dress ups and such things inside and outside you can sword fight and learn the old games they used to play. The views on top of the castle was grand and I recommend someone stay below to take a photo of you from above. Overall I recommend visiting king John's castle, was well worth the money you pay for the tour.
  • It is great fun and full of interactive history. The towers have fantastic views from the top of Limerick. It has a lovely gift shop and a fine cafe. You could easily spend half a day there.
  • It’s been the best part of 10 years since I visited. The castle, the self-guided tour and in particular the living history people are excellent. There is much to read about the history or the castle and there are some interactive parts for children including dressing up clothes and toy cannons. You can access a lot of the castle and can see views from the original towers: I visited with children aged 6 and 9 and I thought that the living history characters were fantastic. They were able to deliver the content to both children and adults in a fun and interesting approach. This part of the visit was my favourite, be sure to check ahead of time to see if they are there as it helps you imagine what life was like in times past.
  • Good museum that presents history in an interesting way. Some parts need maintenance and cleaning (dead pigeons in tower). A good bit of reading texts, I wouldn't recommend it for younger children.
  • A nicely restored Castle with an interactive self guided tour. Kids are definitely taken into consideration here with a lot of the displays. It's a picturesque River valley in the middle of town. The castle has a nice coffee shop and good store and doesn't cost a lot. It's a great place to tour an old Castle and when better to bring children. They really let you walk about the place.

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