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King John's Castle

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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This newly renovated 13th-century castle is open for tours.
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Nicholas Street | King's Island, Limerick, Ireland
+353 61 360 788
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This exhibition is one of the best we've ever been. It uses modern technology to educate its visitors and makes it very engaging! There's video and audio installations, interactive tables, detailed models of the city and castle, as well as an open excavation site right...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Manuzorr
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful old castle with lots of fascinating history. If you go up to the towers you can see a panoramic view of the entire city and tge gorgeous Clare Hills along the River, absolutely stunning. Perfect for people of all ages and tge guide makes...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Presenting ancient monuments that don’t actually contain very much is always a challenge. King John’s Castle does a great job. There is a lot of history to convey and they do it well, reminding us that Ireland’s tragedy is that the English don’t know enough...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank PeterHaydon50
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We saw lots of castles during our time in Ireland, but none of them were as well put together and appropriately curated at King John's Castle. The educational interaction was SO WELL DONE. Nothing about it felt cheesy or campy. We really enjoyed the educational...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Judy and I enjoyed our visit to King John's Castle, even though the rain kept us from hitting the top of all the available towers. The exhibits in the museum are very well done, and the idea of breaking up the historical information into several...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank CamdenJim
Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister and I walked the historical self-walking tour that led us to King John's Castle. We were very impressed by the interactive displays, filled with the history of the Castle and the Limerick area. This led you out into the Castle itself. Very big...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Trish L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We expected more from our tour. The advertisement said they had a bustling courtyard with people dressed in period costumes so you could experience what life at that time was like. There was one man in the courtyard blacksmith shop sitting in a chair. He...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank IWannaSeeItAll1968
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I really enjoyed the castle tour. We had just taken the walking tour from the historical society and gotten a lot of information before the castle tour. Tour was unbelievable. It was a rainy day but with an umbrella, no problem. The...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank azfunseekers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a lot of historical information on offer and interactive displays. My husband and I enjoyed the self tour but because we are retirees it was difficult for us to get around some of the ramparts. For a family or younger people a nice...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank jbarton
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a castle recently made ready to accept visitors. Displays give a great background to Irish/Norman/Viking/English history in Ireland. So much detail to take in. This castle tour surpasses all before and is a must to visit.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Beth W
July 8, 2019|
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Response from NorwichCarrow | Reviewed this property |
As stated by the other reviewers. 1.5 to 2 hours should suffice.
jackie w
June 5, 2019|
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Response from imhosa52 | Reviewed this property |
We walked right in and went at our own pace
February 20, 2019|
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Response from Maureen D | Reviewed this property |
No idea, but I guess it's concerts and the like, we went at the end of January and they were just taking down the Christmas / Father Christmas marquees in the main yard. Staff are very helpful if you rang, they might explain.