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The Southwest Sights

King John's Castle

  • King's Island Map It
  • Limerick City
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Updated 04/10/2014

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First built by the Normans in the early 1200s, King John's Castle still bears traces on its north side of a 1691 bombardment. If you climb the drum towers (the oldest section), you'll have a good view of the city and the Shannon. Inside, a 22-minute audiovisual show illustrates the history of Limerick and Ireland; an archaeology center has three excavated, pre-Norman houses; and two exhibition centers display scale models of Limerick from its founding in AD 922.

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King's Island, Limerick City, Co. Limerick, Ireland

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Sight Details:

  • €8
  • Daily 10–4:30 (to 5 Mar.–Oct.)

Updated 04/10/2014


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