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Athenry Castle

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Address: Athenry, Ireland
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+353 91 844 797

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The town of Athenry with its castle, walled town and abbey is a great spot off the main tourist trail for history lovers. Easily accessible by train from Galway, it's an... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2017
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

The town of Athenry with its castle, walled town and abbey is a great spot off the main tourist trail for history lovers. Easily accessible by train from Galway, it's an interesting area to explore especially for those who don't come from countries with such an ancient and rich history.

1 Thank 470SamH
Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 11 November 2016

This is a very nice restored castle. The style is typical of the kind of castles that you see in Ireland. There is a charge for entering, but it really is worth it because you can get a fairly good idea of what a castle of that time looked like. New steps, so your not climbing up old stone steps.

Thank Townhaven
Rye, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

I enjoyed walking around this Norman-Irish castle as much as I enjoyed walking around the market town. It wasn't open because I was there early in the morning, but it was lovely to look at.

Thank NHjo
Tustin, California
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

I really enjoyed my visit. Yes, I am a history buff so it was a real treat for me. Even my wife (who is not a history buff) could appreciate it. It's an old castle, built during the 1200. There isn't much to it, but you get a good feel for the time period. At the time I was there,... More 

Thank Dutcher c
Galway, Ireland
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Never really crowded and history buffs will enjoy. The castle itself is nicely restored but is quite bare inside. If you can invest in the experience by using your imagination to fill in some gaps. Reading up on the castle's history it makes the visit a lot more meaningful

Thank AthenryRunner
Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

It's a really great example of a Norman-Irish castle and the surrounding buildings are also well worth a look. You can walk around and see the footprint of the ancient city still clearly defined. The video they have upstairs is about 20 minutes and well worth a look...provides good history on Athenry and the area.

Thank Dan_in_Tampa
Street, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

We really enjoyed our visit to Athenry Castle today. We were greeted by such a friendly and knowlegeable member of staff who took time to give a personal tour as we were early visitors. The film show was excellent and further supported the historical context. An added bonus was that admission was free for us as we are English Heritage... More 

1 Thank pdwillis
Inverness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

Disappointing in comparison to likes of Donegal Castle. Athenry Castle is just an empty sheel - no attempt at making it interesting with a bit of local history or artefacts.

1 Thank Jim M
Mayo, Ireland
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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Nice castle to see. Very well restored, just there is not much to see inside no furniture or anything. My son loved the Garderobe though.

Thank Shattered_mom
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

We travelled by train from Galway to Athenry to explore the town and Castle (partly because of the song title, "Athenry" (sung by "The Dubliners" and others). The journey took around 20 minutes - but also around 15 minutes waiting for the train. The town itself(as we had been warned by the Rail Station "Guard" at Galway) was a big... More 

Thank Robert W

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