King John’s Castle
Nicolas Street, King’s Island, Limerick City.
Located at the heart of Limerick’s medieval quarter, no visit to Limerick is complete without stepping inside the walls of the city’s most iconic landmark! Discover the stories of ruthless King John, the noble knights, and rebellious natives.
The stunning exhibition at King John’s Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history.21st century touch-screen technology, 3D models and discovery drawers are among the exciting techniques that will connect visitors to tales of siege and warfare. Visitors can experience a dazzling array of computer generated animations and ghostly projections as they travel back through time.
On your journey through the exhibition, you will meet Nicholas the Master Mason, a lively character who may even share some of the valuable secrets of his trade or indeed set you to work! You will also meet an array of colourful characters like Willem the cheerful Moneyer, the grim Constable Roger De Lees and many more as they recount life in the castle and Limerick city over 800 years ago.
In the busy courtyard you’ll get a sense of the bustling activity that took place here. From the blacksmith’s workshop complete with tools and weapons to the thriving portal entrance at the watergate and to the north the gatehouse where goods and supplies were delivered.
Explore the siege shelters and the walkway in the remains of the Great Hall of the castle built circa 1280. Step into the sanctuary of the chapel to take a quiet moment.
The highlight of any visit to King John’s Castle is undoubtedly the stunning views visitors can enjoy from the top of the castle’s iconic towers. Offering breath-taking views across Limerick City, the River Shannon and the Clare Hills, this is a view not to be missed.
OUR COMMITMENT TO HEALTH AND SAFETY
Fáilte Ireland Covid-19 Safety Charter Accreditation
King John’s Castle have received Fáilte Ireland Covid-19 Safety Charter Accreditation. The COVID-19 Safety Charter is a Government-endorsed initiative that seeks to recognise businesses that are compliant. To be approved for the Safety Charter accreditation, King John’s Castle committed to following the guidelines, terms and conditions of the charter throughout the business. Our customers health and safety is always our number one priority and we hope this acknowledgment offers comfort to our visitors at this time.
King John’s Castle is open 10am-5pm, with last admission at 4pm.
PRE-BOOK FOR VISIT
In line with government Covid 19 guidelines, it is recommended that you pre-book your visit to King John’s Castle.