King John’s Castle

Welcome to King John’s Castle, on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City.

The stunning exhibition at King John’s Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history.

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.


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King John was the brother of Richard the Lionheart, associated with legends such as Robin Hood and the Knights’ of the Round Table.

John, Lord of Ireland, though not as popular as his brother, was a formidable force in battle and when he set about claiming territory in Ireland, he certainly made his mark in Limerick.

Not only was the site used for defensive purposes, King John, as “Lord of Ireland” minted his own coins and the Royal moneyer would have struck the coins in the Castle mint.  Before 1200 there were large earthen defences erected on high ground to defend the river crossing. Between 1200 and 1212 King John’s Castle was planned and built. In the following centuries it was repaired and extended many times.


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Plan Your Visit

History in the Heart of
Limerick City.

Located 20 minutes from Shannon International Airport with scheduled services from North America, Europe & the UK on a daily basis with all the main international carriers.

When you arrive at King John's Castle
Located just off Thomond Bridge on King's Island in the Heart of Limerick City. Parking is available just across the road from the main entrance.

Opening Hours:
October - March: 09:30am - 5pm
April - September: 09:30am - 6pm
Last admission 1 hour before closing

Contact reservations on 00353 (0) 61 711222


Getting Here

Membership

Shannon Heritage is constantly looking at ways to enhance our customer experiences with value adding products and services.

We are delighted to offer our customers an Annual Membership programme that offers many benefits to users. 

Both cards offer special admission rates to all Shannon Heritage day visitor attractions and evening entertainments in Counties: Clare, Limerick, Galway and Dublin. 

Members can also avail of discounts on all purchases at Shannon Heritage operated Tea Rooms and Gift Shops.


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