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Athlone Castle

Athlone, Ireland
09064 42130
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Athlone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Landmarks
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Owner description: 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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Lakenheath
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

My wife and I were on a driving tour of Ireland and decided to overnight in Athlone on our way to the Battle of the Boyne site. We stopped by the castle and had a great time. On a typical weekday(in June) it wasn't very crowded and we had the castle almost to ourselves. The displays were excellent. I particularly... More

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Mountmellick, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

My husband and I brought the family ranging in ages from 9years to 20 to Athlone for a few days. We were pleasantly surprised by the town, especially the old part. We went to the Castle two of the days, one to visit inside and the other it was free to walk around outside where you can get a good... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Compact,nice bit of history... (Part of its closing today for the rest of the season) Worth a look Easy to get around if you can walk as there's plenty of steps and walls are 1.5m tall for views

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Quin, Clare, Ireland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Very helpful staff, good interactive displays that the kids enjoyed. Certainly learnt more about Irish history and the importance of Athlone and the river Shannon

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Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The girl at the reception office (where tour tickets are available) was very knowledgeable about the castle and Irish history

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Poulsbo, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This was a visual feast, the museum was quite a surprise. Costumes were displayed on life size personal replicas. History was laid out in a very knowledgable fashion.

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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We all had great fun dressing up and the man with all the knowledge was amazing ... From age 7 - 73 .... Our guide was a volunteer and answered any questions we asked .... Have to say I'm not one for all the history stuff but this was a fun day out for all the family

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Peachtree City, Georgia
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65 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The last time we were in Athlone this castle was closed. This time we made sure that we got to visit the newly renovated castle-fort and museum. The museum was interesting and the movie on the seige of Athlone was on a large screen and very interesting. There is a good information center attached to this site which had some... More

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West Yorkshire
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373 reviews 373 reviews
134 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Beautiful building in a great setting by the river Great view of the river Interesting history Easy access

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Co. Kildare, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Athlone Caslte now has an interpretative centre, and the Travel Information Office in Athlone is on the grounds. The Museum has many artifacts and a short film. We had the luxury of our own guide, as we had an Italian student with an in depth knowledge of the middle ages show us around. No everyone will be so fortunate.

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