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Athlone Castle

Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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Looks like a castle from the outside!!

Visited athlone castle on Monday with my girlfriend. Went in expecting to see more of a castle bit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
matthew m
via mobile
Lots of history

It was fun to play dress up too even for the adults! The history here goes back about 5,000 years... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ashlee T
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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 cafe area located in the reception. There is seating for 16 with extra seating outside. Visitors can also avail of audio-guides in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited athlone castle on Monday with my girlfriend. Went in expecting to see more of a castle bit turns out it's more of visitor centre for everything that has happened in athlone. Wouldn't be in to big a panic to return or recommend to anyone...More

Thank matthew m
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was fun to play dress up too even for the adults! The history here goes back about 5,000 years! We did a self guided tour. Lots of information.

Thank Ashlee T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much history here. Excellent use of interpretive panels, interactives and video. Also very child friendly. Extremely helpful staff. Chatted to Terese and Tommy, both great ambassadors for the area.

Thank CharlotteNIreland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a lovely afternoon at the Castle. It's steeped in history. Kids enjoyed playing chess outdoors with the giant chessboard. Would definitely recommend it for families. Wonderful staff so helpful.

Thank 888Nora
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with friends and really enjoyed it. Its great for learning about the history of Athlone, and there are some medieval costumes which you can dress up in too

1  Thank X8062JDelizabeths
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The castle is not the most spectacular of castles but a lot has been made of it to learn the great history that Athlone has. The story is well laid out in a very comprehensive manner and explains the battles, hardships and industries of the...More

Thank AnnM06022011
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went to visit this castle and found it very informative and interesting. In the heart of athlone with gorgeous views, well worth a visit

Thank McQuaid
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Athlone last week and it was wonderful. We arrived into the old town which is reminiscent of Kinsale or Clonakilty with the range of restaurants in vibrant colours. The bright colours should look "too much" but actually look very pretty in that particular...More

Thank Judith38Cork_Ireland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great tour of the castle. It's an easy walk from the town of Athlone. The castle was beautiful.

Thank msmcelligott
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Don't miss the Athlone Castle if you are near by. There is a very informative presentation on the second floor about the early days of this defensive location. The staff was very helpful and there are nice views of the surrounding areas.

2  Thank NLPW
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Megan C
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Response from urseylynch | Reviewed this property |
two hours is more than enough,you'll do it in less-a castle with a very interesting history-you'll enjoy it