King John's Castle
King John's Castle
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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This newly renovated 13th-century castle is open for tours.
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  • eva-diva1029
    105 contributions
    Super educational AND fun
    This was one of the most informative tours on my list of castles. The videos and interactive stations were awesome in telling the history of this castle. You can even walk under the renovations and into the actual ruins underneath! The view from the top was gorgeous and even though there were a lot of people there it didnt seem packed at all. The gift shop and cafe at the end however only accepted cash which was a bummer as there were numerous things I wanted to purchase but only had my card.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 8 February 2023
  • ann c
    6 contributions
    King John's Castle- Limerick
    This is a castle that is not "restored" but rather kept up for historical and educational purposes. The displays and presentations are self-paced and very interesting and educational. I learned a lot about the history of Ireland in about 1.5 hours. This is not a "glamour" castle or one to romanticize about with fancy stuff. The cathedral next door is interesting as well, especially in light of the wars and lives lost over the centuries. Little kids would be bored.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Pam M
    Epping, United Kingdom34 contributions
    Super interactive castle.
    Learned more about the history of Ireland in this trip than elsewhere. Informative, well laid out, interactive, family friendly. Good exhibitions. Lots to touch, see, listen and explore. Very well preserved. Great to explore the castle top positions for views over Limerick. Games in the Courtyard. Highly recommend.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 April 2023
  • Alex F
    The Villages, Florida1,468 contributions
    If they will only clean after the pigeons!
    Nice visit, good facilities. A blower alone will do wonders with the interiors. Once in a while, cleaning of the pigeons waste all over the exhibits displays takes away from wanting to stay longer discovering around.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2023
  • lolly19692017
    Millbury, Massachusetts72 contributions
    Not worth it. Take pictures from the outside.
    This castle is not worth the price. I wasn’t impressed. We quickly walked through the castle. The smell in the first room was horrible. I cannot even describe it. It smelled liked something died. It was the worst smell! The courtyard was set up for a concert of sorts the day we went. The staff that were dressed up in medieval costume were aloof and not interactive with the tourists. There are much better castle to explore in Ireland.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Andydjp
    Stotfold, United Kingdom637 contributions
    Very good museum and castle
    We found a free car park just five minutes walk from the castle. The entry price was slightly high in my view but the museum and castle self tour was interesting and enjoyable. Plenty of history to take in so we took our time walking through the museum before going out into the courtyard. You can walk up one of the towers and get a great view across the river and city. We had a great visit - recommended.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Shauna A
    6 contributions
    Worth a visit
    Despite being in the area several times I had never visited King John's, I parked in the adjacent car park, it was a bit rough looking but there was a friendly security guy on duty. There were a lot of dodgy looking characters hanging around outside the castle but I guess that's just like anywhere these days. Very interesting to see inside the castle and it's courtyard but as a major attraction the castle itself could do with a tidy up! The information boards were very well done and interesting , the cafe and gift shop were tidy and the staff were friendly , toilets were clean. Worth a visit for the presentation about the history of the castle alone, fascinating!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Kennedy R
    32 contributions
    OK castle experience
    The castle itself was pretty cool, I climbed to the top and the view was great! It was also really cool to see the old ruins of certain areas/rooms. The museum was ok and the place had an overall touristy-gimmick feel. I think there may be other castles that feel more authentic but we did not make it to many others for comparison.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Alexis B
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin119 contributions
    Excellent History Lesson
    A lot of thought went into how to tell the very complicated history of this castle. The displays are dynamic - you won’t be bored by the amount of detail. Also great views from the top of a portion of the castle. This is a great way for both adults and kids to spend a couple of hours In Limerick.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • WaJello
    1,307 contributions
    Lots to See Lots to Read
    Tip 1: Go to the bathroom at the entrance because it will not be available again until the gift shop. There are lots of models, interactive games and AI people to teach you about the history of the castle, all the way from the Vikings on. If you are t a reader it can be confusing because there is a lot to read. It would be nice to have a cliff notes time line to go with it. I enjoyed the castle the most, there are great photo ops and a knight in the yards who will teach you how to fight. I was disappointed that the games and things in the yard were not fully set up when we arrived even though we got a later start to the day.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2023
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hoben57
Houston, TX36 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
My expectations were low since I didn't see much advertising on this place but I found it to be one of the more enjoyable day trips. There is a nice exhibit on the history of the castle with some videos. Then you walk below the castle to some areas showing where they are doing some excavating and where some undermining occurred during sieges. Then the fun begins outside with some interactive exhibits where you can pick up a sword and shield and go find some dragons. The self-guided tour continues through the castle rooms, stairs and passageways leading up to the top of the ramparts yielding stunning views of the area. This was a fun visit which I recommend to anyone who is spending time in Limerick.
Written 15 November 2023
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Simon O Treasaigh
County Clare, Ireland23 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
King Johns castle is a real part of Limerick history. If you want to learn some interesting facts about life in the past this is the place to go. And it has some excellent views of the city from the top of the towers. Of special note is the staff, every single one is friendly and knowledgeable. The animators are a brilliant team. They do sword fighting, tell stories, play board games and music. Each one knows their stuff and they're a delight to talk to. The Sheriff is a very handsome man and I could listen to him for hours, he sounds so smart and cultured.
Written 12 November 2023
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Emma H
Stafford, UK13 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We had a great trip here, would recommend at least 2 hours.
Lots of information to read and look at, amazing views and lots of activities for the kids who loved it
Written 4 November 2023
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ianbeavis
Los Angeles, CA665 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Peaceful and well preserved, there is so much to see at King John's Castle, on the river, St Marys, various significant buildings on the circuit walk
Written 15 October 2023
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Lois A
Fredericksburg, VA182 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Definitely worth seeing if you are in Limerick. If you are not going to Limerick, it's not worth going out of your way to see. Too many other great places, and Limerick is pretty dumpy.
Written 8 October 2023
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Jake
6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Was not worth the money (would recommend bunratty instead). it was more like. brief maryn of Limerick’s history that happened to be inside of a very small portion of the remaining castle. In addition, there had been a concert the night before so none of the normal courtyard activities were actually setup - should’ve been a discount given you couldn’t get the full experience.
Written 27 August 2023
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Inspire30209510205
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Very disappointing. John's Castle in Limerick presents no Gaelic history, just Viking and Norman (what castle refers to as English). Absolutely no references to the impact of Gaelic culture, laws, rule and interactions with the castle. All castle staff seemed to be from England. What's that all about. I was unable to find out much information about who manages or owns the castle. My impression is that it's part of some business franchise headquartered in England. Disappointing and overpriced. Not to mention, the castle could be moved to England, based on its distorted impression of Irish history, and nobody would much notice. I hope Irish taxpayers money is supporting this shockingly poor tourist trap.
Written 24 August 2023
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Tim P
6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
What you get
* A museum exhibition giving a history of Limerick from earliest times to the present. The early parts are easy to understand with a strong narrative thread. Into the 16th century the narrative of the three sieges and the wider political situation surrounding them becomes less clear as the exhibition focuses on the story of the castle.
* Really excellent models and drawings showing how the castle and town would have been at different times.
* An archeological exhibit with labelled diagrams linking what is in front of the visitor to a reconstruction picture of the past. Would have been easier to follow with button-spotlights highlighting what is being pointed out.
* A castle courtyard with a number of activities led by very good volunteers, including medieval (and ancient) board games and lute playing demos. If you come with children you might escape cries of "I'm bored" for up to half an hour (if you are very lucky). If you have geeky children you may struggle to extract them from this area. You can see this area from the coffee shop.
* Exhibitions in the castle towers. Many of these contained "interviews" with actors playing documented medieval citizens of Limerick. Unfortunately a number of these were broken when we visited.
* The chance to take a funny video of yourself playing catch with huge rocks which turn out to be fake.

What you don't get
* To negotiate a pointless treaty.
* To lower small children from the walls to set fire to neighboring houses.
Written 16 August 2023
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rachellynn99
Conway, AR235 contributions
Aug 2023
We stopped here on our trip and had a great time. It was a combination of museum information, with some short videos, displays, readings etc. and then a portion of the actual castle you could explore. They also had some folks dressed up walking around, playing some traditional music etc. which added to the ambiance. The walk to the top towers were not that bad at all, not too many steps and not as narrow as some castles. My family of five, including kids aged 17,16 and 11 all enjoyed it. They have a small cafe and gift shop at the end as well.
Written 7 August 2023
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jan h
Stevenage, UK80 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
You have had 3 years to sort out the castle and activities, so they are all in working order. Upset that both a 9 year old and her auntie came back from this saying they paid over 13 euros each and most interactive activities and the history recordings were inop.
Written 6 August 2023
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