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King John’s Castle

One of the best preserved Norman castles in Europe, King John’s Castle stands as a fascinating and impressive monument to the turbulent history of Ireland in general, and Limerick in particular.

The castle stands on King’s Island in the heart of medieval Limerick city. The castle was completed in 1210 and bears the name of its Anglo-Norman founder, King John, Lord of Ireland and brother of Richard the Lionheart. King John ordered the castle built in order to protect Limerick from Gaelic kingdoms to the west and from rebellion by Norman lords to the east and south.

As trade flourished, Limerick prospered. The city’s fortunes changed, however, when the castle was occupied by Protestants fleeing the Irish Rebellion of 1641. The castle and city came under siege by an Irish Confederate force that undermined the castle walls and caused major structural damage.

Today, King John’s Castle is an imposing sight, and sure to fire the imagination of anyone with an interest in history. After a multimillion euro investment, it reopened in June 2013 with a host of attractions that bring 800 years of history vividly to life.

At the brand new Visitors’ Centre you can reach out and connect with the past through a wide range of multimedia exhibits that use touchscreen technology, computer-generated animations and ghostly projections to recreate bygone eras.

The bustling courtyard is filled with evocative sights and sounds: a medieval campaign tent, a blacksmith’s forge, re-enactments of scenes from the Great Siege and costumed guides who reveal the secrets and scandals of castle life.

King John’s Castle is a magnificent fortress at the heart of a magnificent city, a place where you can take a trip into the past you won’t soon forget.


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Wildwood Lodge £82
Wildwood Lodge

Wildwood Lodge

Omeath Road, Dundalk, Louth
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Dundalk, this lodge is within a 15-minute walk of King John's Castle and Carlingford Heritage Centre. Cooley Mountains is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

    Wildwood Apartment £596
    Wildwood Apartment

    Wildwood Apartment

    2 Tholsel Street, Dundalk
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Dundalk, this apartment building is steps away from Carlingford Heritage Centre and King John's Castle. Cooley Mountains is 1 mi (1.7 km) away.

      Mc Kevitts Village Hotel £100
      Mc Kevitts Village Hotel

      Mc Kevitts Village Hotel

      Market Square, Dundalk, Louth (county)
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Dundalk, this hotel is steps away from King John's Castle and Carlingford Heritage Centre. Cooley Mountains is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

        Carlingford Sea Cottage
        Carlingford Sea Cottage

        Carlingford Sea Cottage

        North Commons, Dundalk
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Dundalk, this luxury cottage is steps away from King John's Castle and Carlingford Heritage Centre. Cooley Mountains is 1 mi (1.7 km) away.

          Ghan House Carlingford £155
          Ghan House Carlingford

          Ghan House Carlingford

          Ghan House Carlingford, Dundalk, County Louth
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the mountains, this guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Carlingford Heritage Centre and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Cooley Mountains. Narrow Water Castle and Dundalk Golf Club are also within 20 mi (32 km).

            N. 9 Cuchulainn Heights
            N. 9 Cuchulainn Heights

            N. 9 Cuchulainn Heights

            N.9 Cuchullainn, Dundalk
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Dundalk, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Carlingford Heritage Centre, King John's Castle and Cooley Mountains. Proleek Dolmen is 10.6 mi (17.1 km) away.

              Heritage Cottage
              Heritage Cottage

              Heritage Cottage

              1 Greenore Road, Dundalk
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Dundalk, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Carlingford Heritage Centre and King John's Castle. Cooley Mountains is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.

                Grove House £101
                Grove House

                Grove House

                Grove House, Grove Road, Dundalk, Louth
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Dundalk, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Carlingford Heritage Centre and King John's Castle. Cooley Mountains is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.