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Athlone Castle

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Address: Athlone, Ireland
Phone Number: 09064 42130
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Surprised. Not a big castle and museum, but interesting enough, nice views from castle to town. Staff absolutely brilliant, very friendly and helpful. Very special warm... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Portlaoise
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Surprised. Not a big castle and museum, but interesting enough, nice views from castle to town. Staff absolutely brilliant, very friendly and helpful. Very special warm atmosphere. I'm not sure that castle worth a special trip or not, but if you visiting Athlone, do not miss.

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Maynooth, Ireland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

The castle is located in the centre of athlone, right on the banks of the Shannon river. It has great exhibits, mostly focusing on the Siege of Athlone. Staff are very friendly and helpful. There are nice views of the town from the upper levels. An adult ticket is 8 euro.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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436 reviews 436 reviews
199 attraction reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

We arrived at 10am as our leaflet indicated but found that it was an 11pm start on that particular day. By good fortune we spotted a member of staff who apologised for the out of date leaflet and switched on the everything so we could enter after a very short wail. The story of the siege is the highlight of... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

If you are interested in Athlone's history, this is a good place to go to get an overview of the Siege of Athlone. It also has a helpful tourist information center in the out buildings. There are discount coupons to be had - I believe the regular entrance fee is 8 euros for an adult which is a little more... More 

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San Francisco, California
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9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Very centrally located--located in Athlone, it's close to the motorway (that's highway gringos :) and a great place to stop for a few hours for lunch and some culture on the drive between Dublin and Galway!

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Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Very nice and interesting place. It is indeed clean and historical significant place to visit. Specially with Kids,

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Ballykelly, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This was so interesting loved it and very cheap the staff were very friendly and provided us with loads of information.

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Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Well restored and worth a look. A good place for views of the river. Not sure that the history would appeal to everyone

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Limerick, Ireland
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147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Did not get chance to visit as it was closed on Monday. While walking around many tourists where around and also missed this opportunity, It Was the st Patrick's weekend when many people are around so I think a lot of these places could open to keep Tourists

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Dublin, Ireland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Athlone castle is worth a visit, they have plenty of exibits on show, it's a great way to spend a couple of hours while in Athlone

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