King John's Castle

King John's Castle information

Limerick City , Ireland
Nicholas St
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adult/child €10/5.25
Opening hours
9.30am-7.30pm May-Sep, to 6pm Apr & Oct, to 5pm Nov & Dec, closed Jan-Mar
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An obdurate and brooding Norman mass over the River Shannon, the vast curtain walls and towers of Limerick's showpiece castle are best viewed from the west bank of the water. Built on the orders of King John of England between 1200 and 1212 on the site of an earlier fortification, the castle served as the military and administrative centre of the wealthy Shannon region, and recently reopened after extensive renovations.

Inside await recreations of brutal medieval weapons such as the trebuchet, as well as excavated Viking sites, reconstructed Norman features, further artefacts, multimedia displays and 'discovery drawers' for kids. Book online for discounts.