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Athlone Castle

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Address: Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 90 644 2130
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 17:00
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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The castle is very well done and wheelchair friendly. The staff are friendly and helpful. Well worth a visit

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The castle is very well done and wheelchair friendly. The staff are friendly and helpful. Well worth a visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Great local history project. Group from out of area were really impressed with the information available.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I grew up in Athlone and took my kids for a visit. we took a self guided tour and it was great. What a great view of the town from the castle.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

This was well worth the visit, very interactive displays and extremely passionate staff. The costumes so we could dress up were great too. The castle looks very plain from the outside but I would urge people to give it a go.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

I'm basing this rating just on the facade of the castle because it wasn't open when I was in the area. It's an unusual-looking one compared to most of the castles I've seen in Ireland, and very intriguing. I happened to meet one of the tour guides in a local pub and he told me a bit about the history... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Fist off it's worth saying that the castle doesn't open until 11.00 so that after breakfast we were left kicking our heals for a while. The experience is certainly 21st century and in no way stuffy. We learnt a lot about the history of Ireland, particularly the period when Kings James and William were vying for the throne of England.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

There was a lot of activities for kids to do. Very informative. I loved that kids could try on clothes off a different era.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Stop off here with my mum for a quick visit but ended up spending more then a quick visit. Lovely place not bad prices. Well worth a look around. Loads of wee bits to read and photo and good memories. Would go back again.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Athlone Castle is one of the greatest surprises in the town. It is a well laid out experience that will keep you engrossed for a good hour to 90 minutes. The emphesis on several very different people's lives and experiences and policital backgrounds brings the history to life. Don't miss this experience

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

It was fun and interesting, I wish we could have seen it in more origin condition. Most of the interior is set up a museum, and has been modernized. The staff was very friendly.

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