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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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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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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Great for kids

It's free to visit and worth wandering around, kids will love it as there's different levels and an outdoor chess set

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Longford, Ireland
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Longford, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

It's free to visit and worth wandering around, kids will love it as there's different levels and an outdoor chess set

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Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Try to avoid the crowds. It is better than limerick castle in the sense that it is more digestible. You can get a feel for the whole country, if you take your time, I took less than two hours. Staff are proactive, dedicated, and you get the feeling like they really want to be working there.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

It was great fun just wandering the ramparts, and our two year old enjoyed running and climbing the stairs. We didn't pay to go into the castle as we were short on time but it looked well worth it. Either way the free outside bit on the castle walls worked perfectly well for us!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Twice we have taken our young kids to Athlone Castle and both times we have had a great experience. Excellent museum and really lovely staff. HIGHLY recommend this well priced attraction.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The castle is wonderfully restored and looks brilliant. It is completely accessible and buggy and wheelchair friendly. However the exhibits are lacking authenticity. Much of the exhibits feature models and interpretive works such as mannequins of the key historical figures in the Siege of Athlone made from recyclable materials. Nice touch in an art museum, but not in a historical... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This place looked promising. From the road, it looks beautiful. We thought it would be great inside. So we paid €12 (1 adult and 1 child) and essentially treated ourselves to a brief Irish history. If you are wondering when the Vikings came. Or what a WWI Irish military uniform looked like, or who the great figures are in Irish... More 

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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Good new visitors centre. Very informative Very enthusiastic staff--well done. Good views over Shannon

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Good way to spend some time on a day out. Athlone itself it beautiful so this is an extra perk! Good for children, friends and couples. Would go back when i visit Athlone again

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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

If you are in Athlone you might as well go walk around its castle, though compared to the choice castles that Ireland has to offer this a long way from the 'Must-See' list in my opinion. Interesting history as with most of the castles we visited but not an awful lot to see. There was a good exhibit there that... More 

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

A must to visit A complete in depth look back in history . The many battles that was fought, the Williamite armies The Battle of the Boyne There is hands on weapons, museum cinema etc. So much to see and do Amazing

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Additional Information about Athlone Castle

Address: Athlone, Ireland
Phone Number: 09064 42130
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Westmeath  >  Athlone
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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