King John's Castle, Limerick

4.2
Walk to the west bank of the Shannon River to see King John's Castle in its full glory. The imposing castle, built in the 13th century by King John of England, stands on the site of an old Viking fortification. Inside its walls you can see medieval weapons and Viking artifacts, along with multimedia exhibits designed to make the rich history of this location accessible to visitors of all ages. The castle's courtyard contains scenes from a 17th century siege, including a campaign tent and a blacksmith's forge. Take advantage of online ticket rates by booking your visit well in advance. To visit King John's Castle and get the most from your holiday in Limerick, create itinerary details personal to you using our Limerick trip site.
Create an itinerary including King John's Castle
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

King John's Castle reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
2,512 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • 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...  more »
  • Good value for money and lots to see and hear, great few hours spent walking around inside and enjoyed the harpist outside in the Court Yard who was also very knowledgeable about music of the time...  more »
Google
  • I found the history of the castle and Limerick to be extensive and very interesting. There's visual guides and cool interactive things for adults and children. Some dress ups and such things inside and outside you can sword fight and learn the old games they used to play. The views on top of the castle was grand and I recommend someone stay below to take a photo of you from above. Overall I recommend visiting king John's castle, was well worth the money you pay for the tour.
  • It is great fun and full of interactive history. The towers have fantastic views from the top of Limerick. It has a lovely gift shop and a fine cafe. You could easily spend half a day there.

Plan your trip to Limerick

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Limerick

See all ›
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
3.6
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Limerick

4.4
Duration: 3h 30 min
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
4.6
Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Limerick

4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Limerick

See all ›
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Limerick

5.0
Duration: 2 hours
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes

Nearby attractions in Limerick

4.1
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min