King John's Castle

County: Co. Limerick
Tel: 061-360 788
Fax: 061-361 020

King John's Castle is situated on 'King's Island' in the heart of medieval Limerick City. The Castle overlooks the majestic river Shannon. It was built between 1200 and 1210 and was repaired and extended many times in the following centuries. The interpretative centre at the Castle contains an imaginative historical exhibition which tells the story of the Castle. Archaeological excavations have revealed pre-Norman settlements and evidence from the traumatic siege of 1642.

The courtyard and the Castle display some of the trades and traditions of the 16th Century. The Castle offers panoramic views of Limerick City and the surrounding countryside. The sights, scenes and sounds of the Castle and its environs all combine to recreate the atmosphere of the era.

King John's Castle, Co. Limerick


King John's Castle, Co. Limerick


King John's Castle


General Information

Address: King’s Island, Nicholas Street, Limerick
Telephone; 061-360 788
Fax: 061-361 020
Location: Situated in Limerick City
Season: All Year (except Dec 24-26)
Open Times: Apr - Sept: 9:30-17.30 (Last entry 16:00)
Oct - Mar: 9:30- 16:30 (Last entry 15:15)
Tours: Self-guiding tour. Literature available in various European Languages
Booking Contact: Central Reservations (061-360 788)
Manager: Aodhagan Behan
Average Visit Length: 1 1/2 hours
Entrance Fees: Adult: €10.00
Child: €5.25
Family: €22.00 (2A + 2C)
Family: €25.00 (2A + 6C)
Audio Visual: Seating: 104, Duration: 15 minutes Languages: English
Picnic Area: No
Shop: Souvenirs, books & crafts
Information Guide: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish & Polish
Coach Parking: Yes
Group Booking Necessary: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Disabled Access/Parking: Yes
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Opening Times

April - September: 09:30 - 17:30  (last admission 14:00)

October - March: 09:30 - 16:30 (last admission 15:15)

Opening times may be subject to change


GAA Schools

King John’s Castle is ideal for educational visits. Worksheets based on the Primary and Junior Cert curriculum are available online at Explore 800 years of history brough to life in the imaginative historical exhibition, excavated pre-Norman houses, fortifications, siege mines and battlement walks. The sights, scences and sounds of the castle and its environs all combine to recreate the atmosphere of the era

Conference & Incentive

Croke Park Conference facilities

King John's Castle is a spectacular venue situated in the heart of Limericks Medieval quarter on King’s Island. The courtyard area is suitable for open air events and concerts/theatrical events. The courtyard can also be transformed with a marquee for more weather dependant events. The auditorium in the visitors centre seats 104 and is ideal for conferences and presentations (subject to availability)

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