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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