Adjacent to St Mary’s Cathedral and just a short walk from Limerick’s Hunt Museum lies the historic King John’s Castle, Limerick which today accommodates an interpretative centre where visitors can learn about more than 700 years of Limerick’s history and enjoy an audio visual experience based around the famous Siege of Limerick.
It is worth taking a stroll around the exterior of the castle either before or after your visit to admire the impressive main entrance. In fact, if you’re lucky enough to visit on a sunny day, there is nice little coffee shop called Jack Monday’s just beyond the castle on the right hand side of the road where you can sit out and enjoy excellent views of the Shannon while you enjoy your coffee.
Once you get over the surprisingly modern entrance to the interpretative centre, King John’s Castle is quite impressive inside. In particular, history oozes from the castle courtyard and towers and there are excellent views to be had if you have the energy for climbing stone steps.
Archaeology lovers will enjoy the archaeological site at King John’s castle and there is, of course, a gift shop to visit before you leave.
For more information on King John’s Castle in Limerick see Shannon Heritage.