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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  • For everyone who loves history, this place is really cool! I recommend avoiding days that are very rainy or windy, as it is difficult to access the towers.  more »
  • Stopped in Limerick for lunch and to tour this great castle. Had enjoyable time. Has terrific views of the city.  more »
  • Have been here about 5 times now through college and taking friends. Amazing since theyve it done up. Great for all the family and couples also  more »
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  • This has some great views and is a very large location. I found that out of all the castles in Ireland, this would be the most likely best one to visit with children. The views from the towers are very good, especially on a beautiful day. The gift shop was very nicr and a good selection available. The self guided tour was pretty good and lots of interesting history.
  • A very pleasing experience. The castle is suitable for long or short tours, whatever suits the visitor. The view at the top of the towers is enjoyable. There should be more benches outside though, because the cafe is basically the only place where one can sit and rest. Overall, I recommend it as a must, if you enjoy sightseeing. Or even if you don't :-).
  • Outdoors activities great for kids of all ages, interactive castle exploration. The museum area prior to the actual castle visit gave a thorough background on the history of the castle and surrounding area, but was not really geared to children (most of the interactive activities there were out of service). It's set up so that you need to walk through the museum before you can get to the castle. Very interesting, but a bit boring (and a bit bloody) for kids, even with several animated video areas. Most of the castle activities were outdoors. We got a bit wet from afternoon rains, but still thoroughly enjoyed the archery, pretend dueling, stockades and interactive exhibits on life in the castle. Walking the ramparts and taking in the views from various levels of the castle was a highlight. Just watch your step as it can get a little bit slippery when raining!
  • One of the best narrative museums I've been too. Very compelling storytelling if not slightly aged. The Castle has great views of Limerick and the cafe has a good selection of food options.
  • Interesting Irish history, museum but not a particularity amazing site. Worth a visit if you have a day or two in Limerick, or if you are interested in 17/18th century Ireland.

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