13th century King John’s Castle, on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City, features a stunning exhibition bringing to life over 800 years of dramatic local history. Have fun exploring the castle, enjoy magnificent views and imagine a Norman soldier’s life in this medieval fortress.
Explore the visitor centre with state of the art interpretive activities and exhibitions. 21st century touch screen technology, 3D models and discovery drawer are among the exciting techniques that will connect you to tales of siege and warfare.
Children will love the dazzling array of computer generated animations and ghostly projections as they travel back through time. The Education and Activity Room is bustling with tasks to stimulate curious minds.
We visited @kingjohnscastle on The Holiday Show a few years ago so immediately put it on the list for our road trip to @limerick_ie with the kids. They LOVED it and had so much fun running wild through 800 years of history. With its stunning views of Limerick from the towers it was a win-win for the adults too. To check out more of our visit, the latest installment of Ciara & Jons Road Trip Reality is over on our Facebook page. Enjoy! #kingjohnscastle #limerick #thisislimerlick #limerickcity #ireland #shinyday
Visitors can try on historic costumes - 18th century dresses or chainmail tunics.
There is something here for everyone to enjoy! On your journey through the exhibition, you will meet Nicholas the Master Mason, a lively character who may even share some of the valuable secrets of his trade or indeed set you to work! You will also meet an array of colourful characters like Willem the cheerful Moneyer, the grim Constable Roger De Lees and more.
In the busy courtyard, you will discover a medieval campaign tent, a blacksmiths forge and scenes from a seventeenth century siege. The sights, scenes and sounds of King John’s Castle and its environs all combine to recreate the atmosphere of the era.
Coffey shares, “Hi everyone! This place is called King John’s Castle in Limerick, Ireland. (Sometimes Deaf people will say: place- where at...) This begun building in 1212, over 800 years ago. This place has seen a lot (experienced) many wars where England (the British) has taken over & the Irish fought back, and many other different “happenings”. There are tunnels & towers at this castle. What’s amazing (sign Y on nose- can mean amazing, wow, whoa, words that mean something amazing- other word choices here?) is that even with all the happenings, the castle still stands after over 800 years. #whereintheworldiswhyisign #whyisign #askmewhyisign #deafkidsrock #asl #americansignlanguage #signlanguage #kingjohnscastle #limerick #ireland
The view from the top of the castle is incredible and boasts some of the best selfie spots Limerick has to offer!
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King John's Castle, King’s Island, Limerick
October - March: 9.30am - 5pm
April - September: 9.30am - 6pm
Last admission 1 hour before closing.