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Athlone Castle

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Address: Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
Phone Number: 353906442130
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is situated in the heart of the Midlands, on...

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is situated in the heart of the Midlands, on the west bank of the river Shannon adjacent to St Peter and Pauls Church and the Luan Gallery. It was reopened in November 2012 following extensive renovations. The 13th century Norman castle now boasts 8 new exhibition spaces that tell the story of the castle, Athlone town, its people and the surrounding area. The spaces have been designed to be very interactive visitor's are encouraged to get hands on and engage with the rooms as they move through them. First built in the 12th century as a timber fort, Athlone Castle evolved into a bold, defensive building. Its most significant architectural features, such as the keep, have now been harnessed to act as a dramatic backdrop to its diverse and fascinating story. The newly designed exhibition spaces pursue both a chronological and thematic sequence combining hands-on and fun experiences such as games and dress-up activities. Learn about the rich history of Athlone from pre-historic settlement right through to the modern town. Athlone was the setting for many battles down through the centuries. The most famous is the siege of Athlone in 1690 and 1691. The story of the siege and the fighting that was ongoing is brought to life at Athlone Castle through illustrations by renowned illustrator Victor Ambrus. During a spectacular 360 degree audio visual presentation, a re-enactment of the siege of Athlone is experienced. Bold sculptural forms help to convey human figures and historical milestones. 3D maps, audio-visual installations and original artifacts combine to bring the stories and characters of Athlone to life. The newest addition to the visitor centre is the display dedicated to the memory of Athlone's famous son, John Count McCormack. Here the world-renowned tenor is honored with artefacts from both his social life and musical career. At Athlone Castle you can sit down and enjoy some refreshments in the café area located in the reception. There is seating for 16 with extra seating outside. The Failte Ireland tourist office is also located in the castle courtyard. Take the opportunity to visit our sister property Luan Gallery, located just across the road. It is a modern art gallery that showcases local and national artists in a modern impressive gallery overlooking the river Shannon. Athlone hosts a number of fairs and festivals throughout the year that offer fun-filled activities for all. If you are looking for somewhere central to travel with a lot to offer, from museums and galleries to shopping, then come to Athlone, the heart of the Midlands. This renovated tourist attraction is the perfect stop off point in the heart of the Lakeland's Region of Ireland enroute to the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way and along the exciting and culturally interesting route of Ireland's Ancient East. Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is waiting for you to explore, engage and enjoy!

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Fun, Interractive Castle Museum

The Castle was surprisingly much more interesting than we had anticipated. Firstly, the girl working at the ticket desk was an absolute pleasure - very friendly and... read more

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Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Castle was surprisingly much more interesting than we had anticipated. Firstly, the girl working at the ticket desk was an absolute pleasure - very friendly and welcoming. The exhibit itself was full of lots of child friendly interactive pieces all the way through. We particularly liked the computer game where we had to see could we lead an army... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Exelennt historic castle plenty 2 see great views all around athlete access for was exelennt. Highly recommend

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Cavan, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The castle is in the town of Athlone itself. Nice and knowledgeable staff. The castle overlooks the Shannon River. We all had fun dressing up in period costumes and have some great pictures to prove it !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

An interesting and very professionally put together museum. talks you through the revolution and the area's part in it also has some more contemporary artefacts which were interesting

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Athlone castle is worth a visit passes a few hours and the history is good. You can dress up in some of the historic suits which was quite fun not just for my little boy or my teens but was fun for us (the parents) too. I'm not big into history myself but my husband absolutely loved it and so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

During our 10 day tour around Ireland, we visited Athlone by accident and we were glad we did. The castle was recommended by the hotel and we were extremely impressed with the exhibits. It's highly interactive - you can read the displays but you can also learn a lot from the videos. We had very limited knowledge about the Irish... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Athlone Castle while in Athlone as it is located right in the city centre Beautiful castle with rich history. Nice scenery from the top overlooking the town and canal.

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Cork, Ireland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We're late arriving so we onjy walked around the perimeter and had not time to visit the castle or see the video of athlone and the castle

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Athlone Castle was a surprise - approaching it on foot, it seems initially unprepossessing, but when you walk inside the first gate, you realise that this is a proper fortification with impressive walls. The staff are friendly and helpful and your inner child will be delighted: you can fire a toy cannon and mangonel, dress up in costumes, find out... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful cadtle, surrounded in history, beautiful scenery from the top overlooking the canal which was full of boats

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