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Athlone Castle

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Address: Athlone Castle Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 90 644 2130
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Sun 11:30 - 17:30
Tue - Sat 10:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is situated in the heart of the Midlands, on...

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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An iconic castle in a great location

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... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Gerard O
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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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great stop on the river. The exhibitions are really well put together, making it interesting and interactive. We had a great volunteer working who explained more of the local history and had some great photo opportunities while walking around outside. This was a great learning experience, to find out the history of the town while not being... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting place with fantastic views over the river Shannon as it flows through Athlone town. Has been improved greatly in the last 4 years and the layout of the various displays is really well done. Good use of audio-visual displays and loads of interesting reading. The displays of the figures were incredible - look like genuine old military uniforms... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a very reasonably priced place to visit lots of interesting stories and artifacts from irelands history some interactive displays and some fun old costumes to dress up in and take some pictures lovely views over the city from top of the castle..good value....

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here on our way from Galway to Belfast. It is a small town where you can have a cup of coffee or eat to rest from your road trip. There is this small old castle. It is free to see it but if you want to go into the museum you must pay. There are some things for... More 

Thank MariaESpain
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was only 8 euro and self done. Many oral presentations and interactive displays. Great history of castle and area.

Thank Jesse V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The men enjoyed the high tech wizards and the touch and feel of the ancient weapons.Enjoyed the afternoon

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyable afternoon spent here in the castle. Athlone Castle would appeal to those interested in artefacts and history. There is an exhibition to walk through and you can see for yourself old weapons, you can lift canonballs and fire cross bows. There are animated segments explaining the history of the battles fought around Athlone. Worth a look, plus you get... More 

Thank Anna Marie G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I ordered chicken and dumplings and it was surprisingly good not too soft not too hard it was just right i give this place a 110/10

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On a sunny day is the place to visit , impressive build , great restoration and the most beautiful pictures taken !

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