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Review of Athlone Castle

Athlone Castle
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Athlone
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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
Shannon, Ireland
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“castle tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

I found the experience enjoyable, but many of my tour members were disappointed. I had no preconceived notions, so I just enjoyed the interactive stations.

Visited July 2014
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Lusk, Ireland
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“Best place to visit in Athlone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

Excellent museum, but the highlight was the volunteer guide who was an ex serviceman who had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the artefacts on display and who made the museum come alive.
The only gripe I had was that the toilets lacked a baby change unit. A complaint was lodged to the manager, and courteous reply received, so here's hoping it will be amended before my next visit.

Visited August 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Castle”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

I was a little disappointed with the inside of the Castle ( a little too modern for me) really liked the outside!!

Visited July 2014
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Mocksville, North Carolina, United States
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“Intersting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

The travel help desk was great for the local area and other sites. Also the castle overlooks the river and has good view of the surrounding countryside.

Visited June 2014
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Ireland
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“Very Historic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

A very historic and well kept and restored. The tourist office is in the building. You can visit the ramparts and the exhibition in the middle of the castle for free. It is very interesting and has a nice exhibition in the centre.

Visited July 2014
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