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Athlone Castle

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Address: Athlone, Ireland
Phone Number: 09064 42130
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This imposing castle was originally built in 1210 for England's King John....

This imposing castle was originally built in 1210 for England's King John. The newly renovated space offers visitors the chance to explore 8 new exhibits that tell the story of the castle and the town of Athlone on the banks of the River Shannon.

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Excellent interpretive centre

Very good, interactive interpretive centre. Would be great fun with kids as there are opportunities to dress up and play games. The centre is very modern so you don't feel like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Karen O
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good, interactive interpretive centre. Would be great fun with kids as there are opportunities to dress up and play games. The centre is very modern so you don't feel like you are in or near a castle. Outdoors you can wander around the grounds and take in the views of the Shannon which are lovely. Worth a visit to... More 

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Thank Karen O
Athlone, Ireland
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

athlone castle is a very historic castle it has seen good and bad it seen the sige of athlone and other worth a visit

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Thank liam j
Hamilton, Canada
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It has a great interactive program for kids and those with a sense of humor. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. We had a great time exploring it. My only regret: not enough of the castle feel. It was modernized. Oh and the bathroom outside: well it was not so good. it was not kept up. But the castle was... More 

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Thank cynthia B
London, Canada
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

A nice way to learn a little bit about the history of Ireland and Athlone in particular. Many interactive exhibits. Creative displays, especially liked the life size metal statues of historical figures from the 1600's. Take as much time as you like to explore everything, fun for all ages.

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Thank ZBarron
Columbus, Georgia
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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I thought it was really neat to get to walk around the castle. A lot of history on the inside to learn about. Definitely recommended if you are visiting Athlone.

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Thank Kristi W
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

A trip to Athlone must include a visit to the castle. There is a little bit of a steep walk up but is suitable for wheelchair access. Very interesting information regarding the town of Athlone. Definitely worth a visit.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Athlone Castle is great for all. This is a full audio tour so you can take your own leisurely pace. As you go through the different stages of the tour there are little chests of fancy dress clothing which creates a lot of funny moments and great photo opportunities. The tour is very informative and interesting and is a lot... More 

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1 Thank Samuel M
Wittenberg, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

My wife/me missed visiting the castle on a previous trip to Ireland. This time around we made a it a priority. We were definitely not disappointed. The views from the top of the castle are beautiful, and the museum/exhibits are definitely worth time spent. A segment of Irish history we were not previously familiar with.

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1 Thank Jim M
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We just enjoyed the view from the room which was beautiful. The tour might be worth but we didn't have time and it was 15 euros.

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1 Thank Darby H
Swinford, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

great learning experience for myself and my children. staff member was very friendly and helpful. would highly reccomend it on a visit to Athlone.

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