King John's Castle

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

King John’s Castle is now open. Book online now for a 10% discount. Walk ins welcome* 
*Please note that should we reach our maximum capacity, online bookings will be prioritised over walk in entry. 

Located at the heart of Limerick’s medieval quarter, this summer we are asking locals and visitors alike to 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. 

Open Daily: 10.00am - 17:00pm - (Last Admission 4pm)

Bookings Are Now Open - We Look Forward To Welcoming You Back!

Relax afterwards in our café – the perfect place to unwind while enjoying terrific views onto the castle courtyard and the Shannon river.

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: Summer Times - July & August 2020

10:00am -17:00pm (last entrance at 4pm)


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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