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King John's Castle

King John's Castle

Nicholas Street, Limerick City

Contact: Ivan Tuouhy (General Manager),
Fiona Kilderry (Operations Manager)
[email protected]
+353 61 370500

  • Private Group Tours
  • Coach Drop Off Area
  • Coach Pick Up Area
  • Car Parking
  • Self Guided Interpretation
  • Shop
  • Cafe
  • Viewing Point
  • Corporate Meeting Facilities
  • Incentive Venue

    Self Guiding maps in various languages.

    Audio Guides in:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Explore 800 years of history brought to life at King John’s Castle - with an imaginative historical exhibition, excavated pre-Norman houses and battlement walks.

The Castle, situated on 'King's Island' in the heart of medieval Limerick City, overlooks the majestic river Shannon and was built between 1200 and 1210. It has since been repaired and extended many times and now houses an interpretative centre containing an imaginative historical exhibition, telling the story of the Castle. The courtyard and the Castle display some of the trades and traditions of the 16th Century and visitors can enjoy panoramic views of Limerick City and the surrounding countryside. Archaeological excavations have revealed pre-Norman settlements and evidence from the traumatic siege of 1642. The sights, scenes and sounds of the Castle and its environs all combine to recreate the atmosphere of the era.
King John’s Castle is ideal for all ages and is a fantastic destination for school tours.