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King John's Castle

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Address: Nicholas St. | King's Island, Limerick, Ireland
Phone Number: (0)61 360788
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This newly renovated 13th-century castle is open for tours.
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Really Great Attraction, lots of information!

We really enjoyed the Castle as it has loads of info at the beginning and then you get the chance to roam the castle grounds and enjoy the different areas of the compound. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
curtiswaynejr
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County Durham, United Kingdom
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County Durham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the Castle as it has loads of info at the beginning and then you get the chance to roam the castle grounds and enjoy the different areas of the compound. The only reason I did not give it an excellent review is the fact that since it's free roaming on the grounds, there were school groups there... More 

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cork,ireland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I visited the castle recently with a friend.It was way beyond what we expected.Very good video clips explaining the history of the castle.Models of what the castle and the city looked like in former times.We especially enjoyed the castle yard and the battlements.There is a very good souvenir shop and café.Above the café is a display room containing old pottery... More 

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Danville, California
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Great Castle in a great location. We went early and were the only ones in the castle. Great views from on top of the castle.

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Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Liked the fort and hands on displays but too much like a museum rather than a fortress! Also don't like the idea that you have to pass through a novelty shop with no alternate exit. Parking is also an issue as only have some on street spots.

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Very modern and professional, plenty of interactive activities if travelling with kids, lots of information to take in and after you get through the first part, the actual castle rooms are fun and still interactive.

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Olomouc, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The castle has a museum that is great for both adults and kids. I found the history of Limerick and Ireland very interesting. My kids liked the interactive activities,

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Nashville, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

Hadn't been in the castle since my school tour days but really enjoyed the visit. Very interactive with games etc and interesting history. The view of limerick is amazing from the top of the castle. Worth a visit if you have an hour or two to kill.

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Oranmore, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Loved nearly everything about this place. Activity sheet and quiz with brass rubbings for the children, plenty of information about the castle and it's history and costumes to try on for the kids too :-) Some of the information boards repeated themselves and didn't always appear to make chronological sense, but that would be the only thing to be improved.... More 

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Cocolalla, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The actual exhibit itself was cool but talk about sensory overload. From the beginning you're hearing everything from the beginning of it to the end, counters counting, beeps...way to much noise...they also forgot to give us the audio piece at the beginning of the self tour...I would recommend it if you have kids, if not ..Take a pass.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

King John's Castle is a hulking 12th century Norman castle right on the banks of a river. The location is right on the edge of Limerick and very scenic! They've done a great job with their self-guided tour through the castle. You learn about life in the castle from real-life characters playing recorded loops on large LCD screens. This, along... More 

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