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Athlone Castle

Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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We loved this Irish castle! It is located on the river Shannon and is an excellent educational... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A TripAdvisor Member
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We enjoyed our visit to Athlone Castle and we would recommend it to anyone interested in history... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks 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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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this Irish castle! It is located on the river Shannon and is an excellent educational visit. There was a nice display concerning a medieval battle and great views of the town, river and bridge from the parapet . Right next to the castle...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to Athlone Castle and we would recommend it to anyone interested in history. The presentations were brilliant and it brought home to the viewer just how terrible war can be

Thank The Pottery Sho... A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit to this interactive display. Attractively presented and plenty of information, with very helpful staff to fill in details.

Thank jmatts
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with my family including 2 teens and we all found it interesting and very well presented . Worth a visit. Staff very helpful and friendly

Thank Helen w
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not much history to see in Athlone and the castle is a very good place to find out how the town has evolved and the many conflicts that it has seen over the years. Informative panels as you walk through the building and choice of...More

Thank ExpatKL88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautifully restored castle with interactive and audio visual displays. Dress up in period or military clothes a great family pic opportunity and superb views from its ramparts. Highly recommended and good value 20 Euro for 2 adults and 2 Children

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Apart from its setting and charm, it is an interactive experience for all ages.Getting to dress up in all the costumes and uniforms your imagination can run wild.

Thank Tallaghtmancu
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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

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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