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Athlone Castle Visitor Centre

Athlone Castle Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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An excellent exhibition

Please ignore the people complaining that this place is too modern. What Athlone Castle has done is... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Richie M
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Very poorly lit

Very poorly lit and hard to see the few original exhibits and most other items are modern made... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Athlone Castle Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Please ignore the people complaining that this place is too modern. What Athlone Castle has done is build a very well laid out, informative, and easy to follow exhibition that shows original pieces and tells the storied history of the castle and surrounding area. It's...More

Thank Richie M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very poorly lit and hard to see the few original exhibits and most other items are modern made copies

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was very excited to visit this, as I am a local who had never visited it. Upon arrival the staff were helpful and friendly and I thought the €8 entry fee was very reasonable for an Irish attraction! From the get go, it was evident...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all, Athlone is just so rich in history, you have to visit this castle site to stand (near) where numerous massive occurrences have happened over the past thousand years. Brian Boru met Mael Sechnaill to become (in name) the High King of all...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An otherwise ruin that uses interactive presentations to create a really informative account of one of Ireland’s most momentous periods in its history. For students of history, young and old, an excellent telling of the past. Am most impressed. Accounts of individuals involved brings to...More

Thank John C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I didn’t find the displays evocative. It says there was a gift shop but we couldn’t find it. The toilets were disgusting but it was still worth visiting.

Thank nickolas b
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our way through Athlone we stumbled across this castle and were delighted at the interesting museum and historical building. The interactive displays, videos, games and exhibitions were really well put together, definitely would recommend going there. There is a lovely view of the river...More

Thank Miwju
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very good resource for any visitor not just to athlone, but to Ireland. There were lots of leaflets and information on all sorts of activities. staff were helpful when asked a question.

Thank Mike S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Athlone Town to visit the Castle and the views were great. The tour guide was great and gave us lots of information on the castle. Lovely place to visit and the views are amazing

Thank 26SANTA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The outside is still a castle facade, but the inside is a modern interactive museum full of videos, glass, and drywall. It's a bit dichotomous, but the historic videos and costumes make up for the lack of "castle-ness" on the inside. A few interactive things...More

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Phyl F
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Response from CynthiaClarke | Reviewed this property |
We were charged 20 euro for 3 children and 2 adults. A family in Ireland is often inclusive of 2 adults and 3 children due to larger family sizes, and to be honest this is a reasonable price as the museum is interesting but... More
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Phyl F
25 October 2017|
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Response from Colin M | Property representative |
Admission to the visitor centre is €8 for adults, €6 for Seniors and students and €4 for under 15's. Under 4 are free admission. Hope this helps Colin, Athlone Castle
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