2. A reconstruction of a medieval courtyard displaying some of the trades and traditions of the 16th century.
3. Cylindrical towers fortified the corners of the castle, covering any attack on the walls. This is the north-east tower and is well worth a visit to hear what King John has to say about himself.
4. Any attacker who got over the moat and drawbridge as far as the main gate was confronted by this strong portcullis which further protected the main door.
5. The wall along the battlements still connects the gatehouse to the corner towers, but today it is a pleasurable walk, with not an enemy in sight.
6. The tops of the corner towers give panoramic views of Limerick City and the surrounding countryside. This ‘fayre city’, sighted along its majestic river, is a splendid spectacle.
7. The window seats in the north-west tower shows signs of domesticity. Here was the constable’s residence. As the strongest room it also housed all valuables. The mint is located in this tower.
8. This wall is part of the 18th century Castle Barracks.
9. Archaeological excavations were carried here from 1993-1995. This area will be open to visitors when all the walls, doorways and paths have been restored.
10. Also revealed and exposed is the sallyport, or side entrance, in the castle wall, ready for a quick getaway or a secret entrance.
11. The south-west tower now details 17th century events of sieges, treaties and prominent personalities of the time.
12. The archaeological excavations and the evidence there from, are presented in situ underneath the interpretative building. The stairs in the area lead up to the shop and exit.
13. Next door, outside the Castle Walls, the buildings are clad with bricks or stone salvaged from buildings demolished in Limerick city. These buildings provide retailing, restaurant and pub facilities for the modern traveller.
14. Tavern at the Castle is a unique bar themed in the 18th century style.