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King John’s Castle

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

Located at the heart of Limerick’s medieval quarter, STEP INSIDE the walls of Limerick’s most iconic landmark! Discover the stories of ruthless King John, the noble knights, and rebellious natives.

King John's Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history. Explore the spacious outdoor courtyard where you’ll get a sense of the bustling activity that took place many years ago. On your journey, expect to see some lively characters.

Venture into our 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.  Visitors will love the dazzling array of computer generated animations and ghostly projections as they travel back through time. 

January to March 2022: Open Thursday to Sunday 10.00am - 17:00pm - (Last Admission 4pm)

Open 7 days per week April 2022 onwards

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Welcome to King John's Castle, Limerick's most iconic building & best loved visitor attraction.

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.

Getting Here