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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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Castle tour

Castle tour with the kids. Interactive and lots to do. The dress up went down a storm. €20 for a family ticket is a steal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2015
Jim B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Castle tour with the kids. Interactive and lots to do. The dress up went down a storm. €20 for a family ticket is a steal.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

could walk around here for hours (if it wasnt raining) we found it tranquil and peaceful and if it were summer we could see ourselves picnicining in the area.

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Flower Mound, Texas
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

On a very rainy day on our way from Dublin to Doolin we stopped in Athlone to see the castle. Stayed a lot longer than we anticipated as the visitor center was top notch. Loaded with interesting facts about the battles that were fought over this part of Ireland. including the famous siege of this castle. Had no idea the... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Athlone castle is a must see for anyone planning a trip to Athlone. Even if you have no real interest in the history around this landmark the breathtaking views from the castle is worth a trip . It won't cost you a cent to go around the grounds . The interactive museum is definitely worth a visit especially if you... More 

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Moate, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

great way to spend a hrs or so, right in the centre of Athlone, fanstactic insight into our past. well worth a visit

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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
8 helpful votes 8 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 helpful votes 4 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
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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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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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