King John's Castle

Nicholas Street, King's Island, Limerick City

Located at the heart of Limerick’s medieval quarter, no visit to Limerick is complete without stepping inside the walls of the city’s most iconic landmark! Discover the stories of ruthless King John, the noble knights, and rebellious natives.

The stunning exhibition at King John’s Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history.

21st century touch-screen technology, 3D models and discovery drawers are among the exciting techniques that will connect visitors to tales of siege and warfare. Visitors can experience a dazzling array of computer generated animations and ghostly projections as they travel back through time.

On your journey through the exhibition, you will meet Nicholas the Master Mason, a lively character who may even share some of the valuable secrets of his trade or indeed set you to work! You will also meet an array of colourful characters like Willem the cheerful Moneyer, the grim Constable Roger De Lees and many more as they recount life in the castle and Limerick city over 800 years ago.

In the busy courtyard you’ll get a sense of the bustling activity that took place here. From the blacksmith’s workshop complete with tools and weapons to the thriving portal entrance at the watergate and to the north the gatehouse where goods and supplies were delivered.

Explore the siege shelters and the walkway in the remains of the Great Hall of the castle built circa 1280. Step into the sanctuary of the chapel to take a quiet moment.

The highlight of any visit to King John’s Castle is undoubtedly the stunning views visitors can enjoy from the top of the castle’s iconic towers. Offering breath-taking views across Limerick City, the River Shannon and the Clare Hills, this is a view not to be missed.


In line with World Health Organisation and Health Service Executive guidelines, we have put a number of measures in place to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and staff thereby facilitating a safe and enjoyable visit to our attraction. For more Information on these procedures and protocols please read our health and safety charter on    

  • Fáilte Ireland Covid-19 Safety Charter Accreditation

King John’s Castle have received Fáilte Ireland Covid-19 Safety Charter Accreditation. The COVID-19 Safety Charter is a Government-endorsed initiative that seeks to recognise businesses that are compliant.  To be approved for the Safety Charter accreditation, King John’s Castle committed to following the guidelines, terms and conditions of the charter throughout the business. Our customers health and safety is always our number one priority and we hope this acknowledgment offers comfort to our visitors at this time.


Book Online for a 10% Discount.

Visit before 12 noon Monday to Friday and receive a complimentary tea/coffee with every over 65's ticket purchased.

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King John's Castle
Fáilte Ireland Covid-19 Safety Charter
Admission Rates
- Over 65+: €9.50
- Adult: €13.00
- Child: €9.50
- Student: €9.50
- Family: 2 adults and 2 children – €29.99
- Family: 2 adults and 4 children – €39.99
- Family: 2 adults and 6 children - €48.99

Book online for a 10% Discount. Walk Ins Welcome.

Visit before 12noon Monday to Friday and receive complimentary tea/ coffee with every over 65s ticket purchased.
Nearby Attractions
- The Hunt Museum, Limerick
- St Marys Cathedral
- Limerick City Gallery of Art
- The Milk Market
- Treaty Stone
- The Peoples Museum of Limerick
- Limerick Museum
- Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
- 2019 National Heritage Award of Excellence from CIE.

- Fáilte Ireland Taste of Place Certification.

ITIC Best Leisure Tourism- King John’s Castle.

- Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence King John’s Castle.
- Free Car Parking
- Free Wi Fi
- Toilets
- Baby Changing Facilities
- Onsite Café
- Gift and Craft Shop
- Wheelchair accessible (with expectation of castle towers).
Opening Times
10am - 5pm.
Last entrance at 4pm.
Located just off Thomond Bridge on King's Island in the Heart of Limerick City.

Parking is available just across the road from the main entrance.

Located 20 minutes from Shannon International Airport .