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King John's Castle, Limerick

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Walk to the west bank of the Shannon River to see King John's Castle in its full glory. The imposing castle, built in the 13th century by King John of England, stands on the site of an old Viking fortification. Inside its walls you can see medieval weapons and Viking artifacts, along with multimedia exhibits designed to make the rich history of this location accessible to visitors of all ages. The castle's courtyard contains scenes from a 17th century siege, including a campaign tent and a blacksmith's forge. Take advantage of online ticket rates by booking your visit well in advance. To visit King John's Castle and get the most from your holiday in Limerick, create itinerary details personal to you using our Limerick trip site.
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  • Very mid-evil looking castle . King John was the English king that was in the movie and story of Robin Hood . This castle reminded me of both Warwick Castle in England and Kronbrg Castle in... 
    Very mid-evil looking castle . King John was the English king that was in the movie and story of Robin Hood . This castle reminded me of both Warwick Castle in England and Kronbrg Castle in...  more »
  • We didn't go inside the castle, we just enjoyed the view. On the other side of the bridge the view of it is wonderful, as well as the photos. 
    We didn't go inside the castle, we just enjoyed the view. On the other side of the bridge the view of it is wonderful, as well as the photos.  more »
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  • This is one of my favorite castles to tour. It's a legit castle, complete with "murder holes" around the perimeter and all the tremendous history to go along with the heavy exterior... whilst being right there in the middle of this sweet town of Limerick! The view from the top is stellar; don't miss it! I've visited the castle several times. The first was for myself! I was curious about it and was so surprised to find such a well-organized museum inside! I've returned several times to take others who had never toured the castle and will likely go again for the same reason! But I enjoy it so much, so I don't mind at all. If they offered a season pass, I'd likely get one! Most recently, I attended a Van Morrison concert at King John's Castle and was just amazed at the intimacy of this venue and the majesty of the space! It was a dreamy experience!
  • Excellent place to spend a sunny day, beautiful views from the tower, lots of interesting history and interactive exhibits inside the different areas of the castle. You could easily wander for a few hours especially with 6-12 year old children. The inside of the museum has some fun and educational exhibits like a cannon ball that you can hold to see how heavy it is and a model of the battle that was fought here. Outside you can walk into several different areas but the best parts are climbing up the stair wells to see the views.

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