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Athlone Castle Visitor Centre & Museum

Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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Stopped here as I like history. Castle is a lot smaller than you would think from the hype, but... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2017
Trevor M
Lurgan, United Kingdom
The kids will love the dressing up

Lovely place to visit. Very well laid out and interesting. Kids would enjoy it too. Good value and... read more

Reviewed August 12, 2017
Dublin, Ireland
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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 cafe area located in the reception. There is seating for 16 with extra seating outside. Visitors can also avail of audio-guides in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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Reviewed August 13, 2017

Stopped here as I like history. Castle is a lot smaller than you would think from the hype, but impressive nonetheless. You dont have to pay to get into the castle grounds to have a good visit as it is in a commanding site above...More

1  Thank Trevor M
Reviewed August 12, 2017

Lovely place to visit. Very well laid out and interesting. Kids would enjoy it too. Good value and a lovely way to spend a couple of hours

Thank hallspic
Reviewed August 11, 2017

Found this on a recent trip to Athlone and was well worth the visit. A must see for the Williamite and Jacobite history buffs.

Thank raretraveller45
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

Lots to do, played giant chess, ran around, learned about history and dressed up. Kids really enjoyed it, would recommend to anybody as lots to do although cafe was not great, I would recommend picnic by the river or lunch in the village . Very...More

Thank Em
Reviewed August 8, 2017

The castle is interesting but I found the displays not as good as guide books suggested. In fact the best part was when one of the staff gave us a very interesting impromptu lecture on the siege.

Thank Mike P
Reviewed August 7, 2017 via mobile

Great museum in the castle. Lots to see and plenty of interactivity. The lady who got us the tickets and audio guides was really lovely and helpful. A must see in athlone!

Thank goodtimeslondon_8
Reviewed August 7, 2017 via mobile

Literally you cannot miss this Huge castle and visitors centre in the centre of Athlone and a stones throw away from Seans bar 'the oldest bar in Ireland'. Parking was okay not too difficult to find a space and pay and display. 0-20 mins, 20-40...More

1  Thank Elaine K
Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

Best historical museum we've been to in Ireland - well paced, v clear, perfect mix of artefacts and technology, great level of interactivity, excellent curation, very helpful staff. Thoroughly recommended!

Thank yorkshirepac
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Reviewed August 3, 2017 via mobile

We loved this Irish castle! It is located on the river Shannon and is an excellent educational visit. There was a nice display concerning a medieval battle and great views of the town, river and bridge from the parapet . Right next to the castle...More

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Reviewed July 29, 2017

We enjoyed our visit to Athlone Castle and we would recommend it to anyone interested in history. The presentations were brilliant and it brought home to the viewer just how terrible war can be

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Megan C
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Response from urseylynch | Reviewed this property |
two hours is more than enough,you'll do it in less-a castle with a very interesting history-you'll enjoy it