Explore 800 years of history brought to life at King John’s Castle - with an imaginative historical exhibition, excavated pre-Norman houses and battlement walks.

The Castle, situated on 'King's Island' in the heart of medieval Limerick City, overlooks the majestic river Shannon and was built between 1200 and 1210. It has since been repaired and extended many times and now houses an interpretative centre containing an imaginative historical exhibition, telling the story of the Castle.

The courtyard and the Castle display some of the trades and traditions of the 16th Century and visitors can enjoy panoramic views of Limerick City and the surrounding countryside. Archaeological excavations have revealed pre-Norman settlements and evidence from the traumatic siege of 1642. The sights, scenes and sounds of the Castle and its environs all combine to recreate the atmosphere of the era.

King John’s Castle is ideal for all ages and is a fantastic destination for school tours.

Highlights include:
  • 800 years of history brought to life
  • Genuine 13th Century Castle
  • Excavated pre-Norman settlements
  • Interpretative Centre with historical exhibition
  • Panoramic views of beautiful Limerick City and the River Shannon

Visitor Information

Open Year Round

April - September
Daily 09:30 - 17:30

October - March
Daily 09:30 - 16:30 

Contact Details

King John's Castle Visitor Experience
Kings Island, Nicholas Street, Limerick City

Closed: December 24 to 26

Last admission:  One hour before closing time

Approx. visit duration: 1 hour minimum


Admission Prices 2015/2016

Adult: €10.00
Child (6-16): €5.25
Child (aged 0-5): Free
Family (2 adults & 2 children): €22.00
Family (2 adults & up to 6 children): €25.00


Other Useful Information

Audio-visual presentation available in English only. Leaflets are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish.

The Castle Café serves tea, coffee, soup, sandwiches and freshly made desserts.

Gift Shop selling souvenirs, crafts and books.  

Free car parking opposite the castle. Two free coach parking spaces on street outside. 

The exhibition and interpretative areas are wheelchair accessible but assistance would be required for courtyard access. Accessible toilet.  


Map Location

Located in the heart of Limerick’s Medieval quarter on King’s Island. 

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