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Skip the Line: King John's Castle Admission Ticket

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Limerick, Ireland

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Experience 800 years of history with this admission ticket to King John’s Castle in Limerick. Explore this 13th-century fortress at your own pace, discovering its past through the working displays, costumed guides, and interactive Visitor Centre, complete with sophisticated computer animations, 3D models, and touchscreens. Take in views from the tower, see the replica medieval scenes in the courtyard, and relax at the scenic café.
  • Admission ticket to King John’s Castle in Limerick
  • Explore the shell of the 13th-century Norman castle as you wish
  • Chart the castle’s story via the animations and touchscreens at the Visitor Centre
  • See a replica medieval tent and weaponry and coinage displays
  • Climb the tower for stellar views over Limerick and the River Shannon
  • Enjoy the family-friendly Activity Room and café
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King John's Castle, Nicholas Street King's Island, Limerick Ireland

Departure Time

9/1/2020 - 8/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
9/1/2021 - 8/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Travel independently to King John’s Castle and head inside using your admission ticket.

This 13th-century castle stands on King’s Island beside the River Shannon in medieval Limerick, and underwent a multi-million euro revamp in 2013, including the building of a state-of-the-art Visitor Centre.

Once inside, explore the fortress and Visitor Centre at your own pace, enjoying the historical atmosphere, battlements, and interactive exhibitions.

Wander around the ruined banqueting hall, learn about the carpentry, weaponry, masonry and coinage displays from the costumed actor-guides, and explore the replica medieval tent, blacksmiths’ forge, and siege recreations in the courtyard. Plus, ascend the tower to admire the 360-degree views over Limerick and the riverside.

Journey back in time at the Visitor Centre, charting the story of King John, the brother of Richard the Lionheart, and the fortress’ history via interactive touchscreens, 3D models, and interpretive displays. Immerse yourself in the computer generated animations and holographic projections, and watch the children enjoy the fun audio-visual tasks in the Education and Activity Room.

Perhaps cap your visit at the café, relaxing over snacks (own expense) while enjoying the castle and river views.

Your experience ends when you take your leave of the castle.
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King John's Castle
King John’s Castle is on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City. The stunning new exhibition at King John’s Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history. This 13th century Castle reopened on Friday June 28th 2013, following a multi million euro investment. Explore the brand new visitor centre with state of the art interpretive activities and exhibitions. Relax afterwards in our café – the perfect place to unwind while enjoying terrifc views onto the castle courtyard and the Shannon river. 21st century touch screen technology, 3D models and discovery drawer are among the exciting techniques that will connect you to tales of siege and warfare. Children will love the dazzling array of computer generated animations and ghostly projections as they travel back through time. The Education and Activity Room is bustling with tasks to stimulate curious minds. In the busy courtyard, you will discover a medieval campaign tent, a blacksmiths forge and scenes from a seventeenth century siege. The sights, scenes and sounds of King John’s Castle and its environs all combine to recreate the atmosphere of the era.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Audio-visual presentation available in English only. Leaflets are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish.
  • The Castle Café serves tea, coffee, soup, sandwiches and freshly made desserts.
  • Gift Shop sells souvenirs, crafts and books.
  • Free car parking available opposite the castle. Two free coach parking spaces on street outside.
  • The exhibition and interpretative areas are wheelchair accessible but assistance would be required for courtyard access. Accessible toilet is available.
  • Subject to additional charges on dates that special events are running.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Shannon Heritage

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line: King John's Castle Admission Ticket?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: King John's Castle Admission Ticket.
What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: King John's Castle Admission Ticket?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: King John's Castle Admission Ticket.

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Very well done! Worth a visit for sure...
Swing J
, Aug 2017
Very well done! Worth a visit for sure, but not overwhelmingly exciting!
Agreed, this was one of the most...
, Jun 2017
Agreed, this was one of the most interesting of the Castles that we visited while in Ireland. There were interactive exhibits for kids and period-dressed folks to have a go at sword play etc. The history was excellent, the excavations below the castle were very interesting, and the setting on the river breathtaking. One word of caution, as is often the case in Europe, coming from the center of the city, signage is not great!

Product code: 42978P2

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