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Kings Johns Castle

Adare & King John’s Castle

This trip is unique to O’Connor Coaches of Kerry. We will be leaving Killarney and heading straight to the charming village of Adare in Co. Limerick. Journey time around 90 minutes.


With its picture-postcard main street of thatched cottages and medieval buildings, the village is rich in ancient and archaeological remains. Adare dates back to 1200AD and enjoys a unique beauty. Adare manages to maintain it’s charms even though it is very popular with tourists.

From the east, the entrance to the village gives way to views of ancient buildings. Such building include the Norman built Desmond Castle on the banks of the Maigue. You will also see the 19th century neo-gothic Adare Manor, set in 840 acres of parkland, nestled among tall oak trees. Adare Manor was occupied by the Dunraven family until 1982.

adare manor aerial photo

An hour is just enough time in Adare and then it’s onwards to Limerick. Only a 20-minute drive.

Limerick City

Limerick city doesn’t get as many tourists as it deserves. There have been really interesting changes taking place in the city for the last decade or more. Limerick is a real working city with very friendly locals. Lots of money has been spent in recent years renovating the main shopping and business areas and it’s starting to show with Limerick people finding a misplaced sense of real pride in the city.

 A great place to have lunch or dinner, the city is bustling with very good pop up restaurants alongside more established eateries. The famous Milk Market in the city centre is really worth finding and exploring.

Limerick city and county are about as historically significant as it’s possible to be in Ireland.

King John’s Castle, Limerick

King John’s Castle is a 13th-century castle located on King’s Island in the city, next to the river Shannon. Although the site dates back to 922 when the Vikings lived on the Island, the castle itself was built on the orders of King John in 1200. One of the best preserved Norman castles in Europe, the walls, towers, and fortifications remain today and are visitor attractions. The remains of a Viking settlement were uncovered during archaeological excavations at the site in 1900. The visitor aspects of the Castle were redone and a state of the art visitor centre was built alongside the Castle in 2016.

Price is dependent on group size. Please contact us to enquire about our special group rates.


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Entrance fees

Additional information

CoachFull coach (27-50 Seats), Medium coach (17-26 Seats), Mini coach (4-16 Seats)

Time: 8:40 AM

Coach is open and driver is available to meet participants and check people in.

Time: 9:00 AM

Coach will leave the main coach park on the Lewis road in Killarney or from the hotel of participants choosing.

Time: 10:30 AM

Coach will park in the Adare visitor centre car park where guests will depart for some free time in the historic and scenic village of Adare.

Time: 12:00 PM

Coach departs adare.

Time: 12:30 PM

the Coach will do a guided tour of Limerick city following that will park beside king johns castle where the group will be able to enter the best castle kept Medieval Strategic riverside Castle ruins in Ireland.

Time: 3:00 PM

Coach will depart Limerick for the journey home to Killarney.

Time: 5:00 PM

Return to Killarney Coach park or pre decided hotel after a very good day out.
Taking a photo of Falconry in front of Adare Manor Limerick With Secret Ireland EscapesTaking a photo of Falconry in front of Adare Manor Limerick With Secret Ireland Escapes
Adare Village Cottages
Afternoon tea Lunch in Adare Manor Limerick
Cycling in front of Adare Manor Limerick
Picnic in front of Adare Manor Limerick
Room Service in Adare Manor Limerick
Taking a photo of Falconry in front of Adare Manor Limerick With Secret Ireland EscapesTaking a photo of Falconry in front of Adare Manor Limerick With Secret Ireland Escapes
Vintage Car Adare Manor Limerick with Secret Ireland Escapes
King John's Castle Limerick City at sunset
King John's Castle Limerick City
King Johns Castle
King Johns Castle
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