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Athlone Castle

Athlone, Ireland
09064 42130
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Ranked #2 of 6 attractions in Athlone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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... more » 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. « less
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Somerset
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

We bought a loney planet book, which suggested to visit Athlone Castle, saw the picture and the lovely long bridge, great photo opportunity for my husband, so off we went. Found it very interesting, and there was some interaction. Please be advised that one of the rooms is not for people with sensortivity to ultraviolet light. Some of the exhibits... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Liked - not too expensive and interesting. Very central. Disliked - Not huge so doesn't take long to get round it.

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Letterkenny, Ireland
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Expensive but interesting. Expensive but interesting. Expensive but interesting. Expensive but interesting. Expensive but interesting

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Preston, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

the info we had from our guide was excellent the castle is well preserved and the town folk are proud of it

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Roscommon, Ireland
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The new interactive castle exhibition is well worth visiting if you're interested in the history of Athlone. The tour itself is fascinating from the early times through to siege stories & anecdotes. The film show & costume mannequins are well presented & all in all I found it a very interesting visit.

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Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

At 8 Euro the entry seemed a bit pricey for what there was to see. There was some interesting information about the castle and town's strategic importance in Irish history but it took us less than an hour to see everything there was to see. Granted, this was our first stop off the plane so we were a bit jet-lagged... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I really enjoyed myself here. Very informative and I enjoyed learning some history of the castle. The girl behind the counter was very helpful and friendly also. I will be telling all of my friends and also my family about this castle. All in all, a great day out. :)

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Athlone, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The amount of history and scenery from the battlements and then the museum inside was very well laid out with lots to see and touch. Try the game capture the castle I know its meant for kidds buts its fun.

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13 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Worth a stop for pictures and should be better once restoration is complete. Setting is great and lots to see right close by the castle. Compared to Kilkenny, it has too much competition.

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Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I visited Athlone castle with a group of university students. Admission fee is €8 for adults and €6 for students/seniors. I have been to quite a number of Irish castles and found Athlone over priced. On arrival, the lady at the counter did a quick talk to the group but we didn't really learn anything from it. The exhibition itself... More

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