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King John’s Castle

Welcome to King John’s Castle in the heart of medieval Limerick City.

King John's Castle is located in the heart of Limerick City's Medieval Quarter.
We invite you to step inside Limerick City's most iconic landmark. Explore the interactive exhibitions, which bring to life over 800 years of local history.

Through the use of  21st century technology, 3D models, computer generated animations and much more, travel back in time to an era of soliders, sagas and sieges on the banks of the roaring River Shannon.
Explore the bustling courtyard and try your hand at a series of medieval games from Archery, Noughts and Crosses,Horseshoe Throwing, Medieval Seasaw, Tug O War and more. Climb the ancient towers for dramatic views over Limerick City.


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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.

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

Re-opening June 29th

We are delighted to announce that in line with Government guidelines, King John's Castle will now open on June 29th.  We will keep you updated on our Social Media channels & online bookings will open soon.  
We look forward to welcoming you back! 

King John's Castle


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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