King John's Castle - Countyclare
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Visitors of all ages will find something to inspire and excite them at the brand new visitor experience at King John's Castle. Enjoy the sights and sounds of medieval Limerick and let touch screen technology connect you to tales of siege and warfare.
King John's Castle reopened in June 2013 after a €5.7 million redevelopment programme. The brand new tourist attraction at King John's Castle is designed to deliver a modern visitor experience with a dramatic history of over 800 years of stories within its walls, all brought to life in a stunning new exhibition. Touch-screen technology will connect visitors to tales of siege and warfare. A dazzling array of CGI animations and ghostly projections are all part of the experience. Visitors can try on historic costumes - eighteenth century dresses or chainmail tunics. 3D models, discovery drawers and audio visuals help the visitor to delve into the castle's history. The busy castle courtyard is home to a medieval campaign tent, a blacksmith's forge and scenes from a seventeenth century siege. Costumed guides reveal the secrets and scandals of castle life.
Located on 'King's Island' in the centre of Limerick City, King John's Castle is a 13th century medieval castle. Overlooking the River Shannon, it has fantastic views of Limerick City.
The castle was built at the beginning of the 13th Century, but has been repaired and extended several times since. The 'Great Siege' of the mid-17th century had a massive impact on the city and the castle, weakening the castle walls considerably. Archaeological investigations have found numerous objects from this period.
Further sieges at the end of the 17th century led to the signing of the Treaty of Limerick. The Treaty Stone is clearly visible from the castle battlements. Visitors to the castle can tour its battlements, gate house and corner towers, getting a glimpse into its turbulent and lengthy history.
The Mint is another area of historical interest within the castle. King John minted his own coins within the castle mint. Special souvenir coins are available as a reminder of your castle visit.
King John's Castle is open from 10am-5.30pm year round.
Student/ OAP: €6.65
Family Ticket (2 Adults+2 Children) €20.60
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