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Viking Ship Cruises

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Address: Viking Ship Cruises Northgate Street | Athlone Castle, Athlone, Ireland
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+353 86 262 1136

Come back 1,200 years and join the Vikings on a replica Viking Ship. Cruise...

Come back 1,200 years and join the Vikings on a replica Viking Ship. Cruise up the River Shannon to Lough Ree (1hr 15min) or down river to the monastic settlement and round tower of Clonmacnoise (1hr 30min one way). Experience the religous and Viking history attached to this area. Hear live commentry on Viking hoardes, on the beauty of the river, its flora, fauna, bird and fish life. Fun and excitement for all the family...Departs from Athlone Castle and tickets are available on board.

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It's easy to overlook the hidden beauty of the River Shannon and Lough Ree and there's no better way to see it than on board the Viking Boat in Athlone. Live commentary is very... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2015
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Reviewed 2 November 2015

It's easy to overlook the hidden beauty of the River Shannon and Lough Ree and there's no better way to see it than on board the Viking Boat in Athlone. Live commentary is very interesting and the scenery is beautiful whether it's sunny or wet. There's also a small bar on board with some nice beers available. Definitely recommended for... More 

2 Thank Thesmirl
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Reviewed 18 October 2015

It was a rainy day but we still enjoyed to tour. It takes off behind Athlone Castle and if you visit castle they give you a discount for the Viking Tour. Athlone is all about the waterways so you have to do a tour. It was fun. There is tea/coffee etc on board and lots to see. You could get... More 

1 Thank kari_9
Meath, Ireland
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 12 October 2015

We did this with our 2 young kids recently while visiting Athlone and it was great. Our 5.5 year old got to steer the boat which was the highlight of his day. Michael and George were very helpful.

1 Thank Psycho-sue
Athlone, Ireland
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 11 October 2015

Great tour, you see everything around, just need warm day, when everything is shining from the lake.

1 Thank Jeyjey1982
Melbourne, Australia
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2015

if in ireland head to Athlone and take the viking boat to Monasterboice to view this ancient monument.Great value for money and if weather is inclement there is plenty of cover. The guide knows the river shannon backwards and tea and coffee is complementary.Boat leaves from centre of Athlone,and you can take a bus back to town after exploring the... More 

Thank kevin d
Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

a great trip by michael who went out of his way to make us all wellcome on board great company on the boat and great crauc

Thank conor m
Galway, Ireland
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

Lovely trip on the boat. Staff were very friendly. Provided blankets for anyone sitting up on deck as it can get cold and also allowed any children on the boat who wanted to seer it the chance to do so. Tea, coffee chocolate etc. available in the small shop as well as some souvenirs. My only complaint was that it... More 

2 Thank Carmel W
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Reviewed 22 September 2015 via mobile

A nice inexpensive trip on the Shannon that lasts approx 70 minutes with a very knowledgeable and entertaining Captain who made this trip memorable

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Portland Oregon
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Reviewed 21 September 2015

We had a lovely tour on the pirate boat the boat was well looked after with all you needed including coffee and tea free of charge also a bar and snacks to purchase also newspapers and blankets available to use. The Shannon river was lovely to sail down with pretty countryside and very good commentary from the captain our grandson... More 

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Tullamore, Ireland
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Reviewed 21 September 2015

Our business group took an outing on the boat from Hodson bay to Athlone town. The timings were spot on as per timetable, the staff were very friendly, Mike was informative about the surroundings on the Shannon, and the cosy blankets were a welcome feature. Great way to break the ice on business outings.

Thank Debbie S

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