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Athlone Castle Visitor Centre & Museum

Athlone Castle Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland
+353 90 644 2130
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worth a visit

go for a coffee and then explore the castle, so much information, fabulous set up, lovely staff... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2017
Birdhill, Ireland
Impressive and interactive.

We visited Athlon castle and expected nothing special than just another presentation of a part of... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2017
Berlin, Germany
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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
+353 90 644 2130
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

go for a coffee and then explore the castle, so much information, fabulous set up, lovely staff, why not spend a few hours here on a drizzly afternoon?

Thank AnnetteMc
Reviewed 19 August 2017

We visited Athlon castle and expected nothing special than just another presentation of a part of the Irish history. But we were surprised by an interactive, modern and very motivating exhibition. We learned a lot about Athlon and about Irland at all and the dramatic...More

Thank hauro-no
Reviewed 18 August 2017

It's had to miss Athlone Castle. It dominates the centre of town and is a logical place to visit. But, we were disappointed. Basically, it seems that they don't know who their preferred audience is. The displays were a mixed bag of overly detailed military...More

Thank Jay H
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Not much but worth the trip. Nice castle in the middle of the big city. Nice walk from town and some good views of the river

Thank NHTraveler1234
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Lovely grounds to walk around and great river views from the castle. Giant chess set outdoors. Toilet facilities and shop.

Thank Kathleen M
Reviewed 13 August 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 12 August 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 11 August 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 9 August 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 8 August 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
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Phyl F
25 October 2017|
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
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
Megan C
21 August 2015|
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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