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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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11:00 - 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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Great historical landmark !

My wife and I called in for a visit and we were pleased with the surroundings, information and displays presented to us ... Interesting indeed and we enjoyed trying on some of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I called in for a visit and we were pleased with the surroundings, information and displays presented to us ... Interesting indeed and we enjoyed trying on some of the costumes provided throughout the self guided tour. Definitely worth a visit !!!

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Wicklow, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In Athlone recently as the weather wasn't really great we decided to visit the castle. Good decision. We spent about an hour and a half listening and observing a really interesting and engaging historical tour. Time well spent as we weren't aware there was so much real and important history associated with Athlone. Definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

When visiting Athlone you definitely should consider paying a visit to Athlone Castle. The historical sense perfectly combines with the amazing view from the heart of the town. The staff are very kind and committed to show the best the castle has to offer to its visitors. Besides, the castle is a perfect spot from where it's possible to see... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must for any history buffs out there.Interactive and very interesting exhibits, suitable for all ages.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really interactive and good fun suitable for all ages, the staff were also really friendly and informative

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Cincinnati, Ohio U.S.A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a fun castle to go thru, really enjoyed the tour and a great sense of history and character to go with the setting!

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a visit to Athlone Castle in early January and I must say, I was really really impressed by it. We were looking for a way to fill the day waiting for an event later that evening and I though we'd go into the Castle for a wander thinking it would be maybe 20 mins most. Almost 1.5 hours... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Really enjoyed spending the afternoon in the castle on a chilly December trip away. Great for kids and adults, lots of interesting things to see and do. There is a phenomenal amount of historical detail carefully laid out and clearly documented. there are 360 degree reenactments of battles, uniforms and artifacts. There's a small gift shop and coffee dock also.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Great self guided tour. You will get out of it what you put in. We were two adults visiting but still enjoyed the dressing up, interactive games and movie. Amazing models of soldiers and impressive collection of artefacts. Lovely castle too. The lady on reception was also extremely nice and friendly.

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Athlone, Westmeath, Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

The place is clean and well maintained this is a fact ! But nothing else ... some figures, information brochure, a film that should be refreshed and that's it. It's fun to go on the courtyard (it's free), but the rest is not worth a penny.I visited different places in Ireland and such sites were much better equipped or free... More 

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