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“if you are into history dont miss it”
Review of Athlone Castle

Athlone Castle
Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Athlone
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities
Newry, United Kingdom
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“if you are into history dont miss it”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

Brilliant I love old castles and if you are in Athlone this is not one to be missed. The castle is still in great condition and the boards give a commentary and history of the castle

Visited July 2014
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Dublin
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“Very disappointing visit.”
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

Went along today with two Austrailian guests only to pay into what I would class as an interpretive center.
We expected to get to see some of the actual building/fort but alas.
The displays were difficult to read and see.
Nobody to show you around or give information.
Pity, as I have been looking forward to visiting .
Apologies for the bad review but I wouldn't re-visit or recommend.

Visited July 2014
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Dorset, United Kingdom
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“First Visit to Athlone”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

We bought a loney planet book, which suggested to visit Athlone Castle, saw the picture and the lovely long bridge, great photo opportunity for my husband, so off we went.
Found it very interesting, and there was some interaction. Please be advised that one of the rooms is not for people with sensortivity to ultraviolet light.
Some of the exhibits outside cannot be accessed by wheelchair as there is steps only.
Inside can be accessed by all.
Staff are friendly, and helpful. Worth a visit if you have time. We were there for over an hour. Parking is on street and pay at the meter. Maximum parking is 2 hours.

Visited July 2014
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A Bit small but interesting”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Liked - not too expensive and interesting. Very central.
Disliked - Not huge so doesn't take long to get round it.

Visited February 2014
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Letterkenny, Ireland
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“tour”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Expensive but interesting. Expensive but interesting. Expensive but interesting. Expensive but interesting. Expensive but interesting

Visited July 2014
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