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Athlone Castle

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Address: , Athlone, Ireland
Phone Number: 09064 42130
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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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Not just another pile of stones.

A must see ! Don't leave without a tour of this magnificent fortification. You will definitely learn alot and come away with a better idea of the importance of its presence, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Waterford, Ireland
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Waterford, Ireland
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45 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A must see ! Don't leave without a tour of this magnificent fortification. You will definitely learn alot and come away with a better idea of the importance of its presence, and its history.

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Dublin - Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My 11 year old loved it! A good way to spend 30 mins on a rainy day. Great access for wheelchair, buggies,etc. We got a very warm welcome from the staff.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Visited the castle in August with family. We had a good visit and especially enjoyed the film explaining the history of the castle. Exhibits were well presented and easy to read with knowledgable guides in various places. Some hands on exhibits which were fun. Spent half an hour playing a game of chess with the giant chess set. Lovely views... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit to Athlone. the family really enjoyed it and only sorry we couldn't stay a bit longer but we had booked to take the Viking Cruise up the Shannon. Very entertaining self guided tour of the castle and my two boys really enjoyed the gory history of the castle. The giant chess set was a big hit... More 

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Galway, Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I visited the castle during National heritage Week as they were offering free admission one day. I had seen the building from the outside many times and was SO impressed when I finally got inside! The hill up to the entrance has high walls and is a perfect short walk to get you excited for what's inside. Their visitor experience... More 

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Zagreb, Croatia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Small castle but great view on river Shannon and East bank. I recommend to take a self guided tour inside. Very informative and lots of fun. I've found out everything about Siege of Athlone and people involved.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Great castle, interesting activities for children, and a wonderful outdoor chess set! All in a great setting next to the Shannon.

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Visited on a 2-for-1 adult pass which was great as the entrance fee is €8/adult but worth it nonetheless. A lot of work and thought has been put into the interior rooms/museums of the castle. I would highly recommend a visit.

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Nenagh, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This is worth a look if for nothing else but the views!! the staff are lovely, and the history is interesting. It is a small museum, and a little repetitive of the same story as you go through it but interesting all the same.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Interesting place, learnt a lot about the history and importance of Athlone in raids on Ireland. Good exhibits. Would have been nice to have a bit about Ireland regaining independence as it just talked about the English conquering however it was an interesting and informative day.

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