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Athlone Castle Visitor Centre & Museum

Athlone Castle Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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I went here as part of a wider package not expecting much. Well how wrong could I have been. This... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Drogheda, Ireland
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Fairly interesting place to visit

It's ok but have seen other similar places done better. Needs more attention to detail, but saying... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vivienne N
Clogheen, Ireland
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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
Athlone Castle Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went here as part of a wider package not expecting much. Well how wrong could I have been. This is a very modern interactive interpretive Center that is really entertaining and very informative. Caters for young, old, history buffs and sight see'rs. Some great...More

Thank fbi33
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's ok but have seen other similar places done better. Needs more attention to detail, but saying that there was not a lot of space to add more information.

Thank Vivienne N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well done for children. A history buff will be disappointed. Such limited access to the Castle is provided.

Thank RCPO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to learn history of Athlone and early Ireland history. Interactive stations for kids. Does cost to tour.

Thank Northerlyte
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the castle on the sunday evening near closing.I was visiting with a relation in a wheelchair.I wasn't charged but we didn't try to access all of the castle as their were steps.We went into the centre tower which was interesting and the view...More

Thank patrick l
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Athlone is a combination of electronic presentations and manicured displays. The history at the castle is amazing but the feeling of being in a castle ruin is lost in a fantasy presentation. Trim Castle and the ruins around Athlone are, to me more interesting. Yes...More

1  Thank 24thIDTraveller
Reviewed 13 October 2017

If you are in Athlone call and see this lovely castle. There are excellent views of the town from it.

Thank Kieransaga1
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Kids can dress up in ancient garb. Walk around a see/read about the history of Ireland and the importance of the river Shannon.

Thank sftravel-dg
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We were driving close to Athlone so thought we stop off at the castle to see what it was like. It didn't take long as quite small and sadly the dog was not allowed in. We were not sure why to be honest as felt...More

Thank Sean M
Reviewed 7 October 2017

We visited Athlone Castle as we were driving west. Definitely a stop you should make, especially if you have children travelling with you. There were interactive displays, and outfits to dress up in for photo ops. The castle itself has a self guided tour that...More

Thank Erik K
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Phyl F
26 October 2017|
Response from CynthiaClarke | Reviewed this property |
We were charged 20 euro for 3 children and 2 adults. A family in Ireland is often inclusive of 2 adults and 3 children due to larger family sizes, and to be honest this is a reasonable price as the museum is interesting but... More
Phyl F
26 October 2017|
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Response from Colin M | Property representative |
Admission to the visitor centre is €8 for adults, €6 for Seniors and students and €4 for under 15's. Under 4 are free admission. Hope this helps Colin, Athlone Castle
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