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Athlone Castle

Athlone Castle Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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Great tour. Definitely worth checking out.

We had a great tour of the castle. It's an easy walk from the town of Athlone. The castle was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Athlone Castle

Don't miss the Athlone Castle if you are near by. There is a very informative presentation on the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is situated in the heart of the Midlands, on the west bank of the river Shannon adjacent to St Peter and Pauls Church and the Luan Gallery. It was reopened in November 2012 following extensive renovations. The 13th century Norman castle now boasts 8 new exhibition spaces that tell the story of the castle, Athlone town, its people and the surrounding area. The spaces have been designed to be very interactive visitor's are encouraged to get hands on and engage with the rooms as they move through them. First built in the 12th century as a timber fort, Athlone Castle evolved into a bold, defensive building. Its most significant architectural features, such as the keep, have now been harnessed to act as a dramatic backdrop to its diverse and fascinating story. The newly designed exhibition spaces pursue both a chronological and thematic sequence combining hands-on and fun experiences such as games and dress-up activities. Learn about the rich history of Athlone from pre-historic settlement right through to the modern town. Athlone was the setting for many battles down through the centuries. The most famous is the siege of Athlone in 1690 and 1691. The story of the siege and the fighting that was ongoing is brought to life at Athlone Castle through illustrations by renowned illustrator Victor Ambrus. During a spectacular 360 degree audio visual presentation, a re-enactment of the siege of Athlone is experienced. Bold sculptural forms help to convey human figures and historical milestones. 3D maps, audio-visual installations and original artifacts combine to bring the stories and characters of Athlone to life. The newest addition to the visitor centre is the display dedicated to the memory of Athlone's famous son, John Count McCormack. Here the world-renowned tenor is honored with artefacts from both his social life and musical career. At Athlone Castle you can sit down and enjoy some refreshments in the café area located in the reception. There is seating for 16 with extra seating outside. The Failte Ireland tourist office is also located in the castle courtyard. Take the opportunity to visit our sister property Luan Gallery, located just across the road. It is a modern art gallery that showcases local and national artists in a modern impressive gallery overlooking the river Shannon. Athlone hosts a number of fairs and festivals throughout the year that offer fun-filled activities for all. If you are looking for somewhere central to travel with a lot to offer, from museums and galleries to shopping, then come to Athlone, the heart of the Midlands. This renovated tourist attraction is the perfect stop off point in the heart of the Lakeland's Region of Ireland enroute to the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way and along the exciting and culturally interesting route of Ireland's Ancient East. Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is waiting for you to explore, engage and enjoy!
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Athlone Castle Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a great tour of the castle. It's an easy walk from the town of Athlone. The castle was beautiful.

Thank msmcelligott
Reviewed 4 days ago

Don't miss the Athlone Castle if you are near by. There is a very informative presentation on the second floor about the early days of this defensive location. The staff was very helpful and there are nice views of the surrounding areas.

Thank NLPW
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived when annual Medieval fair in swing unfortunately it was also raining but plenty to see inside. Only once in and walking around seen signs that there might be a audio guide - am sure could have checked then if desperate but didnt. What...More

Thank Edelpauley
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great effort showed by the staff, interesting historical facts and artifacts, however, it is not a castle, but rather a fort.

Thank Oleh L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

myself and 2 friends went to visit the castle the other day and had great craic so much to see and do between history, interactive games and cinemas and more importantly dress up!! The girl at reception named mary was ace, she was so upbeat...More

Thank Caoimhe C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A castle with a varied history which is explained on boards as you walk around, so this venue could take you 1 -2 hours. It costs nothing to enter the into the outer part of the castle as just inside is the Torist Information Office,...More

Thank cmajor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located on the Shannon river this quaint city is worth a visit! The Castle is in the centre of town and worth a visit! Tourist information is also in the castle and a great place to plan your next stop! This is one of the...More

1  Thank Carolyn M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Athlone Castle is rather small, but its story is much bigger. The modern exhibition tells the story well and it's well worth spending an hour or two there.

Thank Canoe_Mark
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its was an interesting tour. Everything was very well presented . Very Clean inside and on the outside and not overcrowded.

Thank Olga D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Athlone Castle is very imposing and in very good condition standing overlooking the river and some of the main parts of the town if you come to Athlone- then this is a real must- it dates back to the year 1220

Thank Gerard O
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Megan C
Hello! This is one of the places that my fiance and I are looking at visiting while in Ireland- any idea how long we should set aside for a visit here? Would a couple of hours suffice, or is it a longer visit type of place? Thank you!
20 August 2015|
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Response from urseylynch | Reviewed this property |
two hours is more than enough,you'll do it in less-a castle with a very interesting history-you'll enjoy it