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Athlone Castle

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Address: Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 90 644 2130
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12:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Historic Site with great museum.

Set beside the Shannon River in the middle of Athlone is the Castle and museum. Great display and informative interactive exhibits. Really worth the few Euro to get in.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Set beside the Shannon River in the middle of Athlone is the Castle and museum. Great display and informative interactive exhibits. Really worth the few Euro to get in.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

very historical and the giant chess set was a blast ! plenty of interest in knowing the historical info about the area

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

We did the Tour & enjoyed it. Met a nice lady there who gave a lot of information beyond her duties. It was very interesting. The John Count MacCormack was good also.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

This was more than just a trip to the castle, it was almost like a museum as it had many artifacts and lots of information about Ireland's past. The visit was very interactive as you get to feel what it was like to hold swords and fire arrows. It is also very fun as you can dress up if you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

It's lovely on the outside, but you can't actually see any interior. The only part you can walk through has been converted into a learning center, and you cannot see any of the actual castle interior.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Had a lovely afternoon going around the castle and using the interactive displays, great fun for kids and a good amount of information given. Pleasant and helpful staff and the disabled access was a welcome surprise

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Nothing different about this castle but there was a lot of information on the battles doer Ireland between the Irish and the English. No unusual artifacts of interest. Cost was 8 euro for the self guided tour. Several narrated depictions of the battles for Athlone

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We went to Athlone castle used a discount voucher and entered for €15.00 for 2A+2C , very reasonable. We were pleasantly surprised with how modern and interactive some of the displays were, a big hit with our lads. We also had fun learning a bit of history which will hopefully stick in the younger minds. A great way to spend... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

The Athlone Castle is definitely worth a visit, we really enjoyed it, especially the area that's meant for kids!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

The castle has a series of displays, models and interactive games over two floors. Very engaging place to visit for young and old alike.

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