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Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin
"Your Cliffs of Moher day trip will head out of Dublin in the early morning making best use of the quiet roads.Passing through rural County Dublin you will see the rolling hills shimmering lakes and medieval castles that typify the Irish midland countryside. On arrival in County Clare your guide will take you on a leisurely walk over to the Cliffs of Moher where you can enjoy unlimited photo opportunities. The cliffs are 702 feet (214 meters) high at their highest point and span more than 5 miles (8 km) of the coastline
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Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin
"Your Cliffs of Moher day trip will head out of Dublin in the early morning making best use of the quiet roads.Passing through rural County Dublin you will see the rolling hills shimmering lakes and medieval castles that typify the Irish midland countryside. On arrival in County Clare your guide will take you on a leisurely walk over to the Cliffs of Moher where you can enjoy unlimited photo opportunities. The cliffs are 702 feet (214 meters) high at their highest point and span more than 5 miles (8 km) of the coastline
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Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin
"Your Cliffs of Moher day trip will head out of Dublin in the early morning making best use of the quiet roads.Passing through rural County Dublin you will see the rolling hills shimmering lakes and medieval castles that typify the Irish midland countryside. On arrival in County Clare your guide will take you on a leisurely walk over to the Cliffs of Moher where you can enjoy unlimited photo opportunities. The cliffs are 702 feet (214 meters) high at their highest point and span more than 5 miles (8 km) of the coastline
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King John's Castle

Built in the 1200's on King John's orders, the castle is well preserved. Right on the banks of the Shannon, it was designed to defend the river crossing, and the views of Limerick and the river from the ramparts make it worth the visit. A museum is attached and several archaeological digs are underway in main courtyard. The museum and the castle won't take more than a few hours to explore and then you can take the 5 minute walk over to St Mary's Cathedral, the other must see sight in Limerick.

I had a personal connection I wasn't aware of until recently. My grandfather was housed in the temporary city built within the courtyard during the potato famine.

Note: A cousin just emailed me that I have been calling the castle St. John's rather than King John's. Talk about Ugly Americans! Sorry Seamus - never my intent to deify anyone, especially old King John!

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RickinDutch
Mar 31, 2006

King John's Castle

King John's Castle was built in the 1200s to guard the bridge over the River Shannon and town of Limerick, but was heavily damaged during the Great Siege of 1642. It has been extensively rebuilt and is now a museum and interpretive center. There are numerous historical reinactors in the castle demonstrating trades and traditions from the 1500s.

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Ewingjr98
Apr 04, 2011

King John's Castle

This was my first castle. Ever! Yes, till I came to Limerick, I've never been to a real castle before, the hodgepodge that Dublin Castle is today nonewithstanding. I was surprised by how small it really was, for some reason I always expected a castle to be bigger. I was still enthralled by it. Just walking around it, and realizing that people walked, ate, slept, and died on these very same stones 800 years prior is mind-boggling.

The castle was originally built around 1210, on orders from England's King John. While some of it has deteriorated over the years, a large portion of the castle and its walls still remains and is open for tours. There are also several archaeological digs that are ongoing and can be visited, unearthing huts that actually predate the castle that were buried when it was being built.

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dracko
Apr 21, 2003

King John's Castle

Before 1200 there were large earthen defences erected on high ground to defend the river crossing. Between 1200 – 1212 King John’s Castle was planned and built. It was repaired and extended many times in the following centuries. In 1642 the Great Siege devastated Limerick and the castle. Siege mines weakened the front wall (East curtain wall) of the castle and countersiege mines carried out during the later and subsequent sieges. To date over 1,000 objects have been excavated including skeletal remains of the siege period. On show are pieces of jewellery, pottery cannon and musket balls dating to the period. A replica of a 750 year old gold stirrup ring, (the original of which will be on display in the neighbouring Civic Museum and is in mint condition) is also on display.

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Jun 03, 2004
 
 
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King John's Castle - the lower level?

These passageways were apparently located beneath the castle's courtyard. In the back you can barely see a partially collapsed passageway that supposedly led to the hidden back door at the water's edge - the river Shannon is just outside the right wall in this photo.

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dracko
Apr 30, 2003

King's Island & King John's Castle

King's Island is the original Viking settlement, it used to be known as Englishtown. King Johns Castle and St Mary's Cathedral is located on this little island in the Shannon in the heart of Limerick.
Trust me, they are so into rugby in that part of town!! :) You can follow the Medieval walks signposted around the Island. The Island isnt big but it's an integral part of Limerick city and it's history. Thomond Bridge is the bridge you see in the photo, connecting the Island to the north side of the city

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orlikins
Mar 18, 2003

King John's Castle was built...

King John's Castle was built in 1200-1212. The visitor's center sort of sticks out like a sore thumb from this magnificent site, but it is interesting to hear of the history of the area, and the role the castle played in it. The views from the castle walls are magnificent.

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kathycollins
Sep 12, 2002

this was great

I've never actually been to King John's Castle but I'm here in my Technology class and I happened to stumble across this website so I decided to write something on it. I live in Limerick and King John's Castle is located there, so anything in Limerick will be the best.

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King Johns Castle

Entry is through the Visitors Centre. First you walk though a static display explaining about the castle's history, then a slide show and up to the second floor to hear a story and see some wooden carved figures (with cracks in them). Then onto a 5 min film where actors are placed in front of drawings and act out certain parts of the war against the Jacobites. Unfortunately when we watched it the picture kept sticking and the voiceover kept going.
Out to the courtyard where there are the obligitory stocks for photos and several other 'props'. Other than the brochure we were given, there were no signs to say what was what. We entered one area where a dusty figure of the king was being interviewed re the Magnacarta. Best not to look too closely as the feature was tired and cobwebby. Next we went down to the mint where similar old, tired and cobwebby props were placed. A voice recording was tripped when we entered. Sadly, this was stuck like a broken record and just stuttered over the same word, over and over and over....until we left before we went mad. We saw the diggings at the end of the courtyard, where the archiologists had been. We were so disgusted that we didn't bother with the last part. We reported the audio to the front desk, but they didn't seem very interested. Would we go again? No. Would we recommend it? No. Is it worth the 9 Euro each? NO.

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Jul 23, 2011

Things to Do Near King John's Castle

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St.Mary's Cathedral

By the time I arrived at St. Marys, the church was closed. Therfore the graveyard was nice. Their is also a bench in front of the entrance in case you need to rest your legs after a long walk. The...
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St Mary's Cathedral

St Mary's Cathedral was built in 1168 on the site of a palace given to Limerick by the King of Munster. The palace was built on the Viking Meeting House that used to be the seat of power for the...
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Treaty Stone

It's over the Thomondbridge off the Ennis road, facing King Johns Castle. Yes its just a big old stone with a chipped corner. But it means a lot to local history & has come to symbolise Limerick in...
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Hunt Musuem

The Hunt Museum was surprisingly impressive. Located in the Old Customs House, their permanent collection is quite extensive including 2000 peices from the Hunt Collection with works of art by Yeats,...
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University of Limerick

The Univeristy of Limerick is fairly new - but it is rapidly growing in status and size. An influx of European Union funding in the early 90's is apparent in the new buildings and vibrant energy....
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Mitchelstown Caves

Mitchelstown Cave is considered one of the most spectacular caves in Europe. A guided tour takes you through nearly 1/2 mile of caves. There are three massive caverns, in which you are surrounded by...
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