King John's Castle
King John's Castle
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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This newly renovated 13th-century castle is open for tours.
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  • Andydjp
    Stotfold, United Kingdom638 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good museum and castle
    We found a free car park just five minutes walk from the castle. The entry price was slightly high in my view but the museum and castle self tour was interesting and enjoyable. Plenty of history to take in so we took our time walking through the museum before going out into the courtyard. You can walk up one of the towers and get a great view across the river and city. We had a great visit - recommended.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Alexis B
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent History Lesson
    A lot of thought went into how to tell the very complicated history of this castle. The displays are dynamic - you won’t be bored by the amount of detail. Also great views from the top of a portion of the castle. This is a great way for both adults and kids to spend a couple of hours In Limerick.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • WaJello
    1,477 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to See Lots to Read
    Tip 1: Go to the bathroom at the entrance because it will not be available again until the gift shop. There are lots of models, interactive games and AI people to teach you about the history of the castle, all the way from the Vikings on. If you are t a reader it can be confusing because there is a lot to read. It would be nice to have a cliff notes time line to go with it. I enjoyed the castle the most, there are great photo ops and a knight in the yards who will teach you how to fight. I was disappointed that the games and things in the yard were not fully set up when we arrived even though we got a later start to the day.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 3, 2023
  • likestotravel529
    Limerick, Ireland239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gig at the Castle
    I attended the castle on a summers evening to watch a band live. It is held in the castle courtyard and was a positive experience. Everything held up well and the venue was perfect. It was not overcrowded on the night, and I believe for this event tickets did not sell quick, and still some remaining. .
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Andre F
    Brossard, Canada145 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I preferred Bunratty Castle
    Kids might appreciated the Museum portion but if like us you are not museum fans, the Castle itself is more interesting, even if Bunratty is far more elaborate. I could have done without this detour. Still got a few nice pictures though.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • ProctorParquette
    Manchester, New Hampshire117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great historical story presented
    This castle had the most extensive historical/museum displays of any we visited in Ireland. It seems like they have active excavations of mines that were dug during the castle siege, and perhaps that's what drives the heavy focus on history. Really cool story of the seige, encompassing the entire history of the region. Lots of construction happening in the courtyard when we visited which made for some noise and ruined the picture-taking a bit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • rachellynn99
    Conway, Arkansas245 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting castle
    We stopped here on our trip and had a great time. It was a combination of museum information, with some short videos, displays, readings etc. and then a portion of the actual castle you could explore. They also had some folks dressed up walking around, playing some traditional music etc. which added to the ambiance. The walk to the top towers were not that bad at all, not too many steps and not as narrow as some castles. My family of five, including kids aged 17,16 and 11 all enjoyed it. They have a small cafe and gift shop at the end as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • hoben57
    Houston, Texas89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Fun Castle
    My expectations were low since I didn't see much advertising on this place but I found it to be one of the more enjoyable day trips. There is a nice exhibit on the history of the castle with some videos. Then you walk below the castle to some areas showing where they are doing some excavating and where some undermining occurred during sieges. Then the fun begins outside with some interactive exhibits where you can pick up a sword and shield and go find some dragons. The self-guided tour continues through the castle rooms, stairs and passageways leading up to the top of the ramparts yielding stunning views of the area. This was a fun visit which I recommend to anyone who is spending time in Limerick.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 15, 2023
  • TFlynn61
    County Dublin, Ireland42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent place to visit and terrific guided tour.
    Michael gave us an excellent guided tour all the way up and down, under and through the castle, the grounds, and its exhibition. It's a fascinating place, especially brought to life by the information and stories Michael gave us. I'd highly recommend it. Great views from the high towers. Nice cafe, too.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 31, 2024
  • Stevie The Traveller
    County Armagh, United Kingdom61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic views
    The tour of King John’s Castle is self-guided. There are lots of things to see and read, lots of information to be taken in and a number of videos of different characters giving their story. It is all done in chronological order, giving the story of the castle against the backdrop of the Irish/English/European history of the time. There are lots of things for kids to see, interact with and enjoy on the way around and especially in the courtyard. The views from the top are superb and well worth the effort of climbing the narrow, uneven original stone steps. Highly recommend.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 12, 2024
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Boyle
Trim, Ireland2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We had booked online and arrived to a packed reception area with no social distancing and were told to wait with the crowd. We were not given any information on the tour castle or layout just told to wait. We felt very uneasy with the setup and it appeared there was no covid 19 controls in place.There was no one way arrows around indoor exhibition spaces and no one to guide people safely around. There was no 2 metres stickers on the ground to remind people of restrictions in the indoor exhibition. It's such a shame I really feel management at the castle have let the staff and visitors down as it doesn't appear to be set up for the covid 19 restrictions. As for the exhibitions the castle is quite impressive but again not well managed such a shame. We have spent the last few days visiting other attractions in the Burren area including the ailwee caves and to be honest I felt safer in the caves it was so well managed and they are working in a much smaller space.
Written July 29, 2020
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Yvonnetcronin
Cork, Ireland55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We visited here on a recent trip to limerick. It is good and geared for Children, however it is expensive at €35.50 for two adults and one child. You would complete it in approximately an hour. A lot of steep steps to get to the top of the castle also, so be aware of that before visiting.
Written January 3, 2020
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Alan C
Kildare, Ireland190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Absolutely spectacular and worth every penny you pay in! A must visit if you are near / in limerick. 13th-century castle located on King's Island in Limerick, Ireland, next to the River Shannon.[1] Although the site dates back to 922 when the Vikings lived on the Island, the castle itself was built on the orders of King John in 1200. One of the best preserved Norman castles in Europe. You won’t be disappointed!
Written February 16, 2020
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Yorkiemom19
Wyoming1,465 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
After enjoying the excellent view from the towers you can walk at your own pace around restored portions of the castle, as well as works in progress. Staff/actors around the courtyard show what it may have been like living during this time.You can feel the history in the underground ruins that are being worked on.
Written February 20, 2020
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dashing_pilot
Seattle, WA81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
When in limerick, you have to see this place. Not as complete as in expected, but they do a great job with what they have. They have a very in depth display and actors giving you a feel for what jobs around the castle were like. Excellent views from the towers. The staff is great as well.
Written February 6, 2020
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eva-diva1029
Marysville, CA136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This was one of the most informative tours on my list of castles. The videos and interactive stations were awesome in telling the history of this castle. You can even walk under the renovations and into the actual ruins underneath! The view from the top was gorgeous and even though there were a lot of people there it didnt seem packed at all. The gift shop and cafe at the end however only accepted cash which was a bummer as there were numerous things I wanted to purchase but only had my card.
Written February 8, 2023
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phantasmus
United States502 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
An absolutely lovely place, and a great museum! While it was a pity that some of the interactive features weren't available due to the pandemic, it was still so nice to visit a museum once again.

The castle is a lovely and well organized place, with a very informative and interesting museum to match. The whole visit was so fun and exciting, and all at a fair price. I really recommend King John's castle, and I look forward to re-visiting it next time I'm in Limerick again!
Written August 4, 2020
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ARose
Charlotte, NC886 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I enjoyed walking through museum portion and then into the castle ruins and up a long the walls. You can walk the entire area yourself with an info brochure, a guided tour is not necessary. The history is interesting as most of us are familiar with King John but may not realize it. Mostly kid friendly exhibits.

There is a parking lot up the street across from the castle, but they will try to lock up at closing time of the castle.
Written March 16, 2020
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NicolaC
Galway, Ireland40 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
The price was reasonable to go into the castle. At the start we were impressed, the inside museum area was well designed, plenty to read and to understand the history. When you go outside and visit the castle grounds we were not quiet as impressed. Everything on display was in bad condition. There was nothing to make it Wow or relatable to castle life. In all areas in the outside ground there was very little to see in the displays. There was a video of a character doing a certain role. All rooms basically consisted of wooden boxes. Very basic and not much to see. Did the whole tour in 45 minutes but it was not expensive so was worth trying.
Written August 22, 2020
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Gary H
Limerick, Ireland13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Well presented attraction with lots of historical information available, including plenty of reading. Many audio/visual presentations and some of them for the younger audience. The self guided tour takes you through the museum rooms, castle areas including the basement to see some of the archaeology and up to the top of the turret to get fine views over the river and the town.
Well worth a visit, not matter what age you are!
Written September 8, 2020
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