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King John's Castle, Limerick
(4.1/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A bit of history and some fun for the kid. He really enjoyed himself running around the castle and maybe he learned something along the way. We did the Santa experience here but he was more into explo...  more »
  • We went to visit Santa here yesterday all I can say it was just excellent. The staff were so friendly my seven yr old son loved the magic show . The Grinch was our favourite he was hilarious. We also ...  more »
  • great place to take a few hours to explore. so much history! simple and easy signs to read to help understand the beginnings of the city 
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  • Absolutely superb experience. It's a self-guided tour following a defined path through the exhibits and the Castle. The tour begins with various indoor displays and interactive presentations. The history of the Castle is explained and various characters introduced. The second part of the tour takes you to some of the excavations of the foundations, the exhibits in the courtyard and the towers. The view of the Shannon River and the City of Limerick is superb. This is an absolute must-do if you visit Limerick. You need a good 90 minutes to two hours to take it all in. Of course, the exit is via the bookshop where you can find all sorts of souvenirs, guide books and history books. There's a restaurant available too. The Castle itself is deeply embedded in Irish history even though it was never visited by King John.
  • I don't get the other reviews. This is by fare the mist loveless tourist rip off castle (12€) I saw by fare. And I saw many castle's, temple's and palaces world wide. Do NOT visit this one and pay 12€ for that... The good reviews here are a lie or made by clueless reviewers who doesn't know what a beautiful castle or tour is.
  • The castle honestly isn't massive. What's amazing is the historical significance of this place. It's over 700 years old a preserved so good it's amazing! The tour around the castle can honestly be done within an hour so make sure to have more planned for your day.
  • Great castle. Definitely worth your time and money. Very steep steps so could be tricky if you not 100% mobile.
  • Well worth the entry fee. Fun and informative presentation of local history as well as interesting rooms to explore.