Stepping Back in Time at King John’s Castle, Limerick

Stepping Back in Time at King John’s Castle, Limerick

King John’s castle was built in #Limerick, fast forward to 800 years later the #castle stands still but with its doors open to the public. We paid a visit to this historic landmark and was surprised to see various activities for kids and adults alike. It’s adventure filled, tourist friendly and historically entertaining.


Fresh from a major facelift launched in June 2013, this iconic landmark in Limerick, Ireland has been turning heads (for all the right reasons). So we had to find out what was going on and had the opportunity to visit this popular destination on our Irish road trip. And I’m glad we did!

From the moment we walked through the doors fun and adventure awaited around every corner, starting with an irresistible stand-behind-the-board style funny photo op.

Discovering the history of King John's castle
Discovering the history of King John's castle

At King John's

The visitor’s centre weaves a rich story about the events that unfolded around the region. Built over 800 years ago, this castle has gone through development, sieges, wars and turbulence, and has stood the test of time. The exhibits provided a fun and interactive way to learn about the history of the castle and incredible stories that unfolded here in Limerick.

The exhibits provided a fun and interactive way to learn about the history of the castle and incredible stories
Map of the earlier settlements 
Map of the earlier settlements 

The organisers have done a really outstanding job in balancing education and entertainment, connecting with toddlers, children, teens and adults alike.

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King John's Castle Tour

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 King John's Castle, Nicholas Street, Ireland
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Some of the kids favourite exhibits (if you could call them that), were build-a-block archways, costume dress-up and arcade-style canon shooting blocks.

Being the cannoneer
Being the cannoneer

Of course, it wasn’t all fun and games. An informative video featuring 3D animation and re-enactments told the stories of King John’s Castle in a relevant way.

3D re-enactments telling the true story
3D re-enactments telling the true story

Twists and Turns

The indoor exhibits finished by passing through the excavated tunnels below the castle and out into the central courtyard. Exploring through the buildings around the edge of the courtyard, the kids discovered a 3D jigsaw of the castle as well as shields, helmets and other armour.

the kids discovered a 3D jigsaw of the castle as well as shields, helmets and other armour.
Outside King John's castle
Outside King John's castle

Climbing to the top of the tower provided unparalleled panoramic views of Limerick and River Shannon.

View over the town and river
View over the town and river

There was a gift shop and café conveniently located near the exit.

King John's famous gift shop and cafe! 
King John's famous gift shop and cafe! 

Handy tip: to save a few euros you can book your tickets online (kids under 5 are free). Perhaps you’d also like to add Bunratty Castle to the day to make a full day of Limerick castles.

Erin and I learned a lot about the tumultuous and fascinating history of King John’s Castle and the kids had an absolute blast. A win for everyone!

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