King John's Castle

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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.


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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.


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.

The view from the top of the castle is incredible and boasts some of the best selfie spots Limerick has to offer!

You can book a ticket for this attraction using this online booking system.

Limerick City

King John's Castle, King’s Island, Limerick

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Opening Hours

October - March: 9.30am - 5pm
April - September: 9.30am - 6pm
Last admission 1 hour before closing.