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Tickets for King John’s Castle

Amazing archaeology, 800 years of history and 21st-century technology

 
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience castle life in the 13th century and beyond with 21st-century touchscreen technology, 3D models and more
  • Take in the excellent views once enjoyed by Norman soldiers from the medieval fortress
  • Interact with knowledgable costumed guides for more info on the castle's 800-year history

Description

Sieges, warfare, cannons, and conspiracies - this 13th-century castle has seen it all! Head to King John's Castle in Limerick, see where King John once lived, and explore the Castle's interactive, modern visitor center.

King John was Richard the Lionheart's brother, and you might have also heard him associated with Robin Hood and the Knights of the Round Table. Hear what he and other historical figures have to say at the modern visitor center, which boasts state-of-the-art technology to boggle your mind and transport you back to the past. Listen to tales of siege and warfare via touchscreens, 3D models, and videos. Got a question? Talk to one of the costumed guides - they're full of fun facts.

Kids will love the Education and Activity Room, crammed with puzzles and tasks. And out in the courtyard, see a medieval campaign tent, a blacksmith's forge, and scenes from a 17th-century siege!

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Venue

Opening hours

Tuesday 09:30 - 18:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 18:30
Thursday 09:30 - 18:30
Friday 09:30 - 18:30
Saturday 09:30 - 18:30
Sunday 09:30 - 18:30
Monday 09:30 - 18:30

How to get there

King John's Castle
Nicholas Street, V94 FX25, Limerick
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Ratings & reviews

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C
Jun 26, 2019
Excellent
We took the guided tour it was worth it. The lad who took us around was a wealth of information on Ireland’s history
D
Oct 29, 2018
Excellent
I brought my 3 kids and my mother. All enjoyed the interactive part of the tour and discovery of the castle. The tour and education are very well woven together. Nice coffee place at the end too!
J
Feb 10, 2018
Good
King Johns castle is a centerpiece of Irish and European history being part of the Norman interest in Ireland , and the whole period is on exhibition with the latest techniques . Later we have...
King Johns castle is a centerpiece of Irish and European history being part of the Norman interest in Ireland , and the whole period is on exhibition with the latest techniques . Later we have the Cromwelian campaign which had such a profound effect on the country in 1649-51 . Later the war of William and James in 1690 ending with the Treaty Stone with Patrick Sarsfield one of Ireland's great heroes and later dying in Belgium fighting for the successful Sun King Louis 14 . So this international link is shown clearly and in a memorable way and should be part of all schools history class. It could be linked to the poetry of those who wrote of these events . It is spacious and has many great views from the battlements which I enjoyed a lot . I think anyone with an interest in history would enjoy it .

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