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Athlone Castle

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Address: Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 90 644 2130
11:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
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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We were visiting Athlone and decided to do some tourist things. Athlone castle was of course an obvious choice. We were pleasantly surprised by the amount there is to learn and... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were visiting Athlone and decided to do some tourist things. Athlone castle was of course an obvious choice. We were pleasantly surprised by the amount there is to learn and how much there is on display at the castle. I have come away from my visit there much better informed about our heritage. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I was completely taken aback by the quality and design of the Athlone Castle tour. Fabulous setting perched over the Shannon river. Very interesting history to the place and brilliantly exposed by the exhibition material and by the great tour guides. Kids and adults would love it. Highly recommended.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly informative guides bring you systematically through the castle explaining the history. There is a film show of the 1690 siege battle / manikins made up in battle and military dress of the time. Uniforms can be tried on and photos taken . Information on boards regarding the Generals etc. It was a battle in Ireland but the sides were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like how the castle has so much history in it. I especially enjoyed the 360 degree show. I would do that again if I could. the staff was warm and friendly and ready to help. I like that the tour is interractive and at your own pace.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit to Athlone Castle. Loads of wonderful information about the history of the Castle and everything was well laid out. Visited with two young kids who also enjoyed their visit. Nice way to spend an afternoon if in the area.

Thank Shane C
Athlone, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its well organised and displayed. Its short but sweet. The castle organised events around the holidays, providing story telling at Halloween and Christmas cheer.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are from Brazil, so we love Castles, mainly because we don't have them in Brazil. The Athlone castle is cozy, clean, well organized, and full of history. It's a great place to spend time either visiting the Visitor Center - that is rich in history and spots for you to take pictures - or just hang out outside it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent a very enjoyable and informative 2 hours in the castle. Very well laid out, staff were very friendly and lots of interactive things to do, and dressing up costumes as well a bit of a laugh. We had vouchers from our hotel which give us a 25% discount of our visit so it is always nice to get something... More 

Thank annepgorman
Leixlip, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was a great place to visit lots of educational facts and a spectacular view of the Shannon and Athlone

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

We love castles and decided when in Athlone we would visit. It was 12 euros for two. We were given a voucher with 25% discount off in The Hodson Bay hotel where we staying. Its a self guided tour with lots of information..seems to have been much effort put into recalling history and making it as interesting as possible. We... More 

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