King John's Castle, in the heart of Medieval Limerick city

Boasting stunning views of Limerick City, the River Shannon and over onto the Clare hills, this majestic 13th century Castle is one of the top tourist attractions in the city and a worthy destination stop when visiting the Treaty City. A rich tapestry of medieval history awaits when you step inside this formidable fortress.

The interactive exhibition at King John’s Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history. 21st-century touch-screen technology and 3D models are among the exciting features that will enable visitors to unlock tales of the Castle’s turbulent history.

In the busy courtyard, you’ll get a sense of what life was like back in Norman times. Explore the blacksmith’s workshop and try your luck at the medieval courtyard games, such as tug-o-war, quoits (ring toss) and horseshoe throwing, there’s something for all age groups to keep them entertained.

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. Climb the turrets to reveal the panoramic views of Limerick City and its surrounds. Finish off with a trip to the Siege Café where you can relax with a coffee whilst reflecting on the wealth of historical insights King John’s Castle has to offer.

Interesting Fact: The Castle Courtyard also doubles as a live music venue, hosting popular artists such as Madness, The Coronas and Hermitage Green in the past. Further concerts are scheduled to take place in 2024, check online for more details. Other events such as Culture Night bring the Castle Courtyard to life, with events planned every September to coincide with this annual event.

  • Over 800 years of dramatic local history
  • Modern visitor experience within its walls, brought to life through a new exhibition
  • 21st century touch screen technology / 3D models
  • In our medieval playground, enjoy family-friendly courtyard games before exploring a blacksmith’s workshop, siege shelters, and the remains of the Great Hall of the castle, built around 1280.
  • Climb the winding steps of the ancient towers to enjoy panoramic views of Limerick City, the mighty River Shannon, and the Clare Hills

Open Daily Year Round

Winter Hours: 1st October to 27th March
9:30am – 5pm

Summer Hours: 28th March to 30th September
9.30am – 6pm

Last admission: 1 hour before closing
Closed: Dec 24, 25, 26, 27


Admission Rates Apply

Book online  here

Useful Information

Check out the range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: The Seige Café serves tea, coffee, soup, sandwiches and a selection of pastries and desserts.

SHOPPING: Gift Shop with souvenirs, crafts and books.

PARKING: Free car parking nearby. 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.

Getting There

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.

Map Location: 52.669760, -8.625590
Contact King John’s Castle

Nicholas Street, King’s Island, Limerick City, Ireland

Eircode: V94 FX25
T: +353 (0)61 370 501
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