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“History of Irish rulers and wars”
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King John's Castle
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Ranked #9 of 79 things to do in Limerick
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Owner description: This newly renovated 13th-century castle is open for tours.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

I understand that this attraction just recently opened (re-opened?) and they have done a very good job with it. You start out going through an adjacent building, in which each room in sequence provides a chronology of Irish history, in particular rulers and wars. Since I am from the U.S. without Irish roots and only knew about St. Patrick and leprechauns before this visit, I was very absorbed in learning about all this history. One could easily spend an hour in this section if you wanted to read everything. After this history lesson one then goes into the fort itself (I wouldn't call this a castle, it functioned more as a fort). first you go underground to view excavations of the various foundations and tunnels that were dug by sieging troops to undermine the fort walls. Then you get to go above ground and see reproductions of various activities undertaken by residents of the fort (smithy, coinage, etc) and climb the narrow spiral stairs to reach the tops of several towers for a panoramic view of Limerick and the Shannon river. All in all we spent almost 2 hours touring this attraction and I can recommend it to anyone interested in learning Irish history.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We had a weekend in Limerick and we really enjoyed our visit to this castle. After seeing so many castles in not very good repair, it was nice to see what one may have actually looked like in all its glory.

King John's Castle has been lovingly preserved and refurbished. Everything is well-organised and the staff are very professional.

Lots of modern technology here allow you to experience life in the castle as it was 800 years ago. There are associations with Richard the Lionheart, the brother of King John, and also connections with Robin Hood and the Knights’ of the Round Table.

And just one other thing, as you walk down Patrick Street to the Castle from the City Centre, be sure not to miss the wonderful Quay Books bookstall/kiosk in the Arthur's Quay Shopping Centre. I found a fascinating 1933 printing of a Joseph Conrad book here and (very surprisingly) a beautiful edition of "And Dreams are Dreams" by the Greek writer Vassilis Vassilikos.

Thank Jimmy M
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Recently reopened. Very well done. We were glad to learn some history of Limerick as it is seldom included in tour guides. Well worth the visit.

Thank golfgran
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

St Johns Castle was terrific just opened a new section which is user friendly especially for kids. Hands on activities dress ups. Armory where you can try on chainmail armour. Very nice cafe food was

Thank Karen K
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Clever high tech computer facilities to get you in the mood, then the old castle to investigate. Just re-done, and well done!

Thank maxgalway
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