King John’s Castle, on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick city, brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history. Following a multi million euro investment in 2013, the visitor centre is designed to deliver a modern visitor experience within its walls, all brought to life in a stunning new exhibition.
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.
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.
Relax afterwards in the café – the perfect place to unwind while enjoying terrific views onto the castle courtyard and the Shannon river.
Open Daily Year Round
Jan, February, November, December: 09:30–17:00
April & October: 09:30–18:00
May to September: 09:30–19:30
Last admission: 1 hour before closing
Closed: Dec 24, 25, 26
Admission Prices 2018
Senior (aged 65+): €9.50
Child (aged 5-16): €9.50
Child (aged 0-3): free
Family (2 adults + 2 children): €40.50
Family (2 adults + upto 6 children): €49.00
Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.
LANGUAGES: An audio guide is available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian and lasts 15 minutes. Leaflets are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS: The Castle Café serves tea, coffee, soup, sandwiches and freshly made desserts.
SHOPPING: Gift Shop with souvenirs, crafts and books.
PARKING: Free car parking opposite the castle. Two free coach parking spaces on street outside.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Partially wheelchair accessible (the exhibition and interpretative areas are accessible; assistance would be required for castle courtyard access). Accessible toilet.
King John’s Castle is situated on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City. It is just a few minutes walk from the city centre and very close to St. Mary’s Cathedral. The Castle overlooks the majestic River Shannon which flows through the City.
Nicholas Street, King’s Island, limerick City, Ireland
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