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Athlone Castle

Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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A must see when in Athlone

Good interpretative centre (admission charged) but it is also possible to walk around the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
County Dublin, Ireland
Beautifully preserved Castle on the Shannon

Took a work trip to the castle today and was pleasantly surprised. Lovely staff and beautifully... read more

Reviewed 2 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 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Good interpretative centre (admission charged) but it is also possible to walk around the battlements and get a fine view of the town and the river.

Thank 359frank
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Took a work trip to the castle today and was pleasantly surprised. Lovely staff and beautifully decorated with interactive exhibits and a lovely outdoor area for photos as well as a little coffee area and shop/ visitor centre! We even got to dress up in...More

Thank Mollywog
Reviewed 3 days ago

We recently went to Athlone and visited the Castle, from the outside it looked like a pretty good castle to tour, but once you got inside, you didn't even feel like you were in a Castle. Some of the Exehibits were interesting, but if your...More

Thank donegal52
Reviewed 4 days ago

We stopped here just on a whim and found a treasure trove of information for this area and surrounding areas. The castle also was very nice and worth stopping. Fascinating about Henry the Vlll.

Thank jscoops
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Athlone Castle is a great place to visit for all ages with historical information and costumes for both adults and children to enjoy. There's a really interesting short video on the bloody history of both the castle and its place in Irish history. The staff...More

Thank lifestravel
Reviewed 6 days ago

Looks like a castle from the outside but just tells about the history of Athlone in the inside. I wouldn't be rushing back.

Thank SasiaDublin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good historical site! If you like old castles and history it's a good one! It looks like kids will love this, and you might enjoy a game of chess.

Thank Holly B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The centre of Athlone is dominated by the castle there on the banks of the river and provides fantastic views of the city and surrounding countryside. Small entrance fee and a self guided tour but we had the pleasure of meeting a guide who had...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited athlone castle on Monday with my girlfriend. Went in expecting to see more of a castle bit turns out it's more of visitor centre for everything that has happened in athlone. Wouldn't be in to big a panic to return or recommend to anyone...More

Thank matthew m
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was fun to play dress up too even for the adults! The history here goes back about 5,000 years! We did a self guided tour. Lots of information.

Thank Ashlee T
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Megan C
21 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