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Athlone Castle

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Address: Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
Phone Number: 353906442130
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

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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This is a great castle and has played an important part in the history of Athlone. If you are visiting the area then it is well worth going to see. We thoroughly enjoyed the way... read more

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great castle and has played an important part in the history of Athlone. If you are visiting the area then it is well worth going to see. We thoroughly enjoyed the way it was presented and their is plenty of interaction for both adults and children and it has a stunning position on the river Shannon.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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I recently visited here with my wife and two kids, Kids were a bit too young to understand but me and the wife thoroughly enjoyed! The kids loved the interactive part of the castle and the costumes. Recommended, might return when kids are older!!

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Longford, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Athlone Castle played an understated part in the medieval history of Ireland. A last stand by the fighting Gaelic Irish. The history is well presented at the castle. Athlone once suggested as a possible new capital for the Irish Republic can hold its head high as it has become a bustling town of industry and academia on the River Shannon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the city on a sunday and went to see the castle. €8/adult was very reasonable for what they offer. The stories, imagery and videos are interesting, compact and educational. Well worth a visit

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Edenderry, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed this castle but part of it you need to pay for part of it is free, but my mother loved it and it gave great view of the Shannon

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice place to walk around and enjoy the sights of the castle right on the Shannon River would recommend going in and seeing the sights and how the cannons are positions throughout the fort

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Drogheda, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited Athlone Castle with my wife and two kids today and enjoyed every minute of it. The castle is in excellent condition and the modern restoration work enhances the structure and provides for an enthralling visitor experience. The tour is very well laid out with six different areas/rooms each of which focuses on a key period/event in the history of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Athlone Castle is full of interactive history and costume dressing if you wish to act the part.. Well worth a visit

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Moate, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited here for the first time last Saturday and couldn't believe how large and interesting it was...The staff were lovely too. The young lady at the cash desk even gave us a small discount for entry because we were late going in. Definitely worth a visit..Nice coffee and great views over the Shannon too...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've spent years traveling to Athlone Castle - it's a yearly visit at this stage, and it genuinely gets better and better. It's such an important site in the context of Irish history and there's no doubt but that the staff know their stuff (I even tested them a little). Well done to all... I do wish the parking was... More 

Thank Gary M

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