King John’s Castle

13th Century Norman Castle and State of the Art Interpretive Visitor Centre overlooking the majestic River Shannon right in the heart of Limerick’s Medieval Quarter.

The imposing King John’s Castle is one of Europe’s best preserved Norman Castles and its fortress is a signature to the landscape of Limerick. With a story that spans more than 800 years, the castle has witnessed signature events that have shaped both modern Ireland and Limerick City. During the 1990’s this rich history was unearthed as extensive archaeological digs revealed foundations of the lost wall, evidence of pre-Norman houses and earlier features dating back to the 9th century.

These discoveries can be visited and explored along with the history of Ireland in a beautifully appointed exhibition and visitor centre space with state-of-the-art interpretation activities ranging from 21st century touch screen technology to 3D models that put you right into the heart of fascinating tales about sieges and warfare. On this must-do experience in Limerick City experience, there is even an opportunity to climb the turrets and absorb the imposing views of the entire county.

Highlights include:

  • King John’s Castle | one of Europe’s best preserved Norman castles | Twin Towered Gatehouse
  • Must-see Limerick City Visit | veritable treasure trove of Irish history | +110,000 annual visitors
  • Exhibition |21st century touch screen technology | 3D models | reaching the heart of history
  • History | Gaelic society | Normans | reformation| sieges | warfare
  • Archaeology | evidence revealed dating back to the 9th century
  • Undercroft | Remains of Ostman Houses | Bastion wall and Sallyport
  • Views | Limerick’s rooftop | Atlantic Gateway Tidal River | Three bridges
  • Retail | Irish Craft and gift store | relax and explore the wide range of quality Irish gifts
  • Siege Café | barista coffee | traditional favourites | courtyard views

Nicholas Street
V94 FX25

Open 7 days per week
09:30am – 18:00pm (last entrance at 17:00pm)

Phone: +353 (0) 61 – 370500

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