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Athlone Castle

Athlone Castle Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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There is a good exhibition in the castle of past events particularly covering the civil war battles... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2017
Dublin, Ireland
Small, informative and visually stunning

We visited this site on a SNOWY late March afternoon. Not many tourists were there, which I like... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2017
Spanaway, Washington
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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 27 March 2017

There is a good exhibition in the castle of past events particularly covering the civil war battles at Athlone after the Battle of the Boyne. There is little of the interior of the castle to see but a good view from the battlements of the...More

Thank marielco
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We visited this site on a SNOWY late March afternoon. Not many tourists were there, which I like, but it was open, warm and inviting. The audio presentations are well-done and engaging and the items on display are impressive. A museum is a success to...More

Thank TheCoopers0826
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Worth a trip to Athlone! Situated on the River Shannon, this fortress has a lovely visitor's center and close to shopping and pubs.

Thank chobbsey
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Athlone is a surprisingly interesting town. examples of architecture old and modern blend together to to create a very interesting environment

Thank O6500VCtom
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We visited the castle one day as we were staying in the Hodson Bay hotel nearby. We had six children with us ranging form the ages of 4 and 14 and they all really enjoyed the experience - as well as learning a thing or...More

1  Thank louloubellehall
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Wonderful historic place to visit ---- staff very helpful in telling us where to go inside the castle and what to look out for just wished we had more time -- definitely a must visit with good amenities and delightful staff

Thank elizhyde
Reviewed 25 February 2017

If you wonder around Athlone, definitely come to Athlone castle. If you don't want to pay fee to walk inside, then go for free-bee - outside. There are great views and something to do - to play a chess, for example, or check out the...More

1  Thank 309ilonam
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

lovely bit of local history for a couple of hours . really enjoyable for couples or families to visit

Thank Karen S
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I called in for a visit and we were pleased with the surroundings, information and displays presented to us ... Interesting indeed and we enjoyed trying on some of the costumes provided throughout the self guided tour. Definitely worth a visit !!!

Thank David J
Reviewed 18 February 2017

In Athlone recently as the weather wasn't really great we decided to visit the castle. Good decision. We spent about an hour and a half listening and observing a really interesting and engaging historical tour. Time well spent as we weren't aware there was so...More

Thank Des D
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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