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King John's Castle

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Address: Nicholas Street | King's Island, Limerick, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 61 360 788
09:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:00

This newly renovated 13th-century castle is open for tours.

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Interesting History of Ireland!

I didnt think it was terribly expensive considering other attractions but it is chocked full of hands on history of Ireland and Limerick. Well preserved and great views!! We... read more

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Tracey W
Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I didnt think it was terribly expensive considering other attractions but it is chocked full of hands on history of Ireland and Limerick. Well preserved and great views!! We loved climbing all over the place and taking pictures. I am terrified of heights but I'll brave them to see the sights and you just have to see a well preserved... More 

Thank Tracey W
Jamshedpur, India
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a castle worth a visit. Apart from the usual turrets and walls, there is a fascinating interactive exhibition which you pass through before entering the castle, per se. The exhibition, which takes an hour to take in gives a very interesting glimpse into the history of Limerick, the castle itself, the relationship between England and Ireland, the drive... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

King John's Castle offers quite a bit for adults and children. The exhibits are very well done. The scavenger hunt for children was a lot of fun for our granddaughter. There are hidden clues/brass plates throughout the castle that children find and make rubbings of to earn a prize at the end. She was delighted with the hunt! There were... More 

Thank NH G G
Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Arrived bright and early on a Wednesday morning during the Easter Holidays. Free car park near the castle. Reasonable entry fee, which included a map and activity booklet for the children. This included a treasure hunt which totally involved the children and they loved it. It took about 2 hours to complete and we got lots of info and had... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If in Limerick definately add it to your things to do. Well explained with loads of history. Plenty of displays and enough hands in for children as well as adults. A good venue. Needs a reasonable amount of time to take it all in. Free car park opposite.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I didn't expect so many interactive lessons and stations. This castle tour is self-guided but packed full of information and is very kid-friendly. Expect to spend at least an hour here; you'll want to see everything. Just wandering around the exterior will take over 1/2 an hour and the tour inside, with the videos and interactive stations, will take even... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to KJC on Easter Sunday, and the set-up was spectacular. Rock climbing and games for the kids, a newly interactive museum and virtual guides, and amazing information on the history of the site. A can't-miss if you're visiting Limerick.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

King John's Castle is a fantastic experience for all the family, I was impressed by how interactive it was and lost 2 hours there on a rainy Saturday. The views from the castle are lovely too!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here on Easter Sunday with kids. They loved the interactive start. There was lots to learn and they loved the kids pack. It kept them interested and entertained the whole time. This meant we could explore at our leisure. The experience is very well done with the right balance of text, videos and displays. Outside in the courtyard... More 

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Walthamstow London
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It wasnt intended plan for day but having found free car park nearby we found it difficult to resist high walls, gates lure of Limerick castle. Allow 2-3 hours we had daughters 8,13,15 just about enough to hold their interest for that long. Great views across city, foundations interesting and attempted mining . Well stocked gift shop and café, could... More 

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