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:

  •  Autumn/ Winter Times - Jan/Feb/March/ October/November/December 2018 - 09.30- 5pm (last entrance at 4pm)
  • Spring/Summer Times - April/May/June/July/August/September 2018- 09.30-6pm (Last entrance at 5pm)

PLEASE NOTE, There will be disruption in our Courtyard 2 days prior and 1 day after the following dates to facilitate set up for events - May 6th, June 3rd, June 16th & 17th, July 20th & Wed 1st, Thurs 2nd, Mon 6th Aug to facilitate set up of events.


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