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Athlone Castle

Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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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 yesterday

The best part of visiting this beautiful landmark is that you encompass some pretty amazing view at no charge! We had some time to kill on a Sunday while waiting for our Viking Cruise and we decided to visit the Castle. What a great visit...More

Thank Deborah-AnnB
Reviewed 2 days ago

Surprisingly interesting museum. Has games and full dress manicans with comprehensive history's. So pleased we went !

Thank gilley16
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an interesting history lesson delivered in a good way with good interaction pieces. I didn’t really get the feel of the castle itself, more of a piece of one event in the history of the castle and I felt it was a little...More

Thank Nigel M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful old castle with all the usual climbs, please don't attempt this if you have bad legs as there are many steps and it is all uphill to get into the castle from the town. Having said that if you do attempt the walk...More

Thank Nanaparker64
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overlooks the river and town with great views. Optional exhibition on history of the castle and town, but would only recommend buying ticket if this is of interest. Otherwise, just explore the castle grounds.

Thank Allan L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit, man at ticket desk couldn't have been more helpful. Be prepared to spend a lot of time reading & we didn't think with three kids aged 9, 6 & 4 we would be allowed by them to spend the time but...More

Thank Prefect2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The athlone castle is a great location to visit. If you value history i would definetly reccomend visiting here. They Offer tours around the castle and provide a detailed history of the castle throughout. There are entertainments and dress ups in costumes for children and...More

Thank Ben Q
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cobblestones can be slippy on a wet day, and is quite steep for anyone with a walking aid. The talk was very interesting, and there were a lot of old items to view, eg old time kitchen equipment. The tourist information office on site was...More

Thank Elizabeth S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth a visit if you are passing Athlone. Reconstruction of the castle and articles on display are very good and the cost of entry is value for money. This can easily take 90 minutes or longer if you are interested in spending time during...More

Thank David K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I passed by here for years as a child en-route to Galway with my dad telling me stories about the castle so it was great to finally get in to see the castle and history. Super self guided tour, layout and info is excellent and...More

Thank fgj420
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Megan C
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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