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Athlone Castle Visitor Centre & Museum

Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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More Disneyland than a Castle Ruin

Athlone is a combination of electronic presentations and manicured displays. The history at the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Easthampton MA
Great views from this Castle.

If you are in Athlone call and see this lovely castle. There are excellent views of the town from... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dublin, Ireland
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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 cafe area located in the reception. There is seating for 16 with extra seating outside. Visitors can also avail of audio-guides in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. 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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Hours Today: 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Athlone is a combination of electronic presentations and manicured displays. The history at the castle is amazing but the feeling of being in a castle ruin is lost in a fantasy presentation. Trim Castle and the ruins around Athlone are, to me more interesting. Yes...More

Thank 24thIDTraveller
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are in Athlone call and see this lovely castle. There are excellent views of the town from it.

Thank Kieransaga1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Kids can dress up in ancient garb. Walk around a see/read about the history of Ireland and the importance of the river Shannon.

Thank sftravel-dg
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were driving close to Athlone so thought we stop off at the castle to see what it was like. It didn't take long as quite small and sadly the dog was not allowed in. We were not sure why to be honest as felt...More

Thank Sean M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Athlone Castle as we were driving west. Definitely a stop you should make, especially if you have children travelling with you. There were interactive displays, and outfits to dress up in for photo ops. The castle itself has a self guided tour that...More

Thank Erik K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. Has been renovated and improved recently. Great for kids. Lots to see and interact with. Super views over the river and town.

Thank Kieran W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interactive and very well laid out, disabled access, dressing up and characters added to interest of museum. Small castle but with a huge history.

Thank CynthiaClarke
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Athlones castle and visitors center on Sunday with my Husband and I found the visit very good. There was plenty of history here and I loved the historical items shown.

Thank Jacqueline Rita S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Plenty to see, plenty to do, ideal for families, great photos with props of old style clothes. Well worth the admission price

Thank skinner b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we had great tour guide last wednesday. she had great passion for history pity its more a musaem than an original castle

Thank maysmillions
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Megan C
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