Limerick Travel Guide: The Treaty Stone and King John’s Castle

When one thinks of Ireland and all the beautiful tourist attractions available, often the more well-known spots spring to mind, such as Killarney, Co. Kerry, Cobh in Co. Cork and even Dublin City with all it has to offer.

However, when Limerick Voice reporter Paige Foley moved to Limerick for college, she soon discovered all of the hidden gems that the Treaty County has to offer tourists.

The Treaty Stone

When visiting Limerick, one’s trip cannot be complete without going to see ‘The Treaty Stone’.

This monument is every history lover’s dream and one that cannot be surpassed for its sheer historical importance alone.

The Treaty Stone is located on Clancy Strand by the Robert Byrne Park just outside of Limerick City Centre.

The stone came about as it is where the ‘Treaty of Limerick’ was signed on October 3,1691, over 330 years ago.

This treaty was signed following the conclusion of a war between William the Third of England (also known as William of Orange) and his father-in-law King James the Second.

This treaty was originally signed on the site opposite where it now resides, at the County Clare end of the Thomond Bridge.

It was signed here as Limerick County held a key role in the accession of William of Orange during the period of war.

The Treaty Stone has remained unmoved since May 1865 where it was placed upon a pedestal by then-mayor John Richard Tinsley.

The monument still holds immense importance and pride for the residents of Limerick as it has over the past three centuries.

The Treaty Stone is a must-see spot for both people residing in Limerick, and those planning a trip to the county, as it unveils the unique spot that Limerick holds in history; aiding in the securing of religious freedom for Catholics.

Despite the Treaty of Limerick ultimately being disregarded, both the Treaty Stone as well as its legacy remain!

If a person wishes to visit the Treaty Stone, they may do so of their own volition as no prior booking is required. It is free and open to the public domain.

Nevertheless, if a tourist wishes to learn a more in-depth background about its historical significance to the county, and further afield, they may do so by booking a ‘walking tour’ of Limerick City.

These tours do require payment and must be prebooked on websites such as Viator by TripAdvisor.

King John’s Castle

Another historical spot worth ticking off of your bucket list whilst here is the thirteenth century King John’s Castle, located just under a kilometre from the Treaty Stone.

King Johns Castle is located in the heart of County Limericks medieval quarter, the castle encumbers over 800 years of local history, dating all the way back to Viking times including tales of King John, his knights as well as the unruly natives.

The castle originally laid its roots as a base for Viking leader Thormodu Helgason in the 900’s when he established a permanent base on King’s Island, where the castle now stands.

These base Longships began raiding up the Shannon into the heartland of Ireland, looting monasteries and conquering the local Irish chieftains.

Their settlement continued to thrive, soon becoming a significant trading port with links across the wide-flung Viking world.

Upon visiting the grounds, visitors can explore the courtyards as well as roam the vast castle grounds and examine artefacts dating back to when the castle was still in operation.

Attendees can also partake in a fun interactive experience, where they can explore the castle and its historical significance.

Due to limited capacity, it is advised to book tickets online so as not to avoid disappointment.

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