King John’s Castle


Welcome to King John’s Castle, on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City. The stunning new exhibition at King John’s Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history.

This 13th century Castle reopened on Friday June 28th 2013, following a multi million euro investment. Explore the brand new visitor centre with state of the art interpretive activities and exhibitions. Relax afterwards in our café – the perfect place to unwind while enjoying terrifc views onto the castle courtyard and the Shannon river.

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.  

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.  

Read more about the King John’s Castle Visitor Experience. If you would like to book a ticket for this attraction please go to our online booking system.

Opening Hours:


  • Jan - Feb: 9.30am - 5.00pm (last admission 4.00pm)
  • March -April are 09.30 to 5.30pm (last entrance is at 4.30pm). 
  • May 09.30-6pm (last admission at 5pm)
  • June/July/August – 09.30- 6.30pm (last admission at 5.30pm)
  • September- 09.30 -6pm (last admission at 5pm)
  • October- December: 9.30am - 5.00pm (last admission 4.00pm)

For more details see the Book Now page.


PLEASE NOTE, there will be a corporate event taking place in the castle courtyard from 12noon on Saturday 5th August 2017. The visitor experience is open to the public on this date however activities in the courtyard are only available to members of this private group. There will also be disruption in the Courtyard from Wednesday August 9th 2017 until Saturday August 12th 2017 due to set up for a concert


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