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Athlone Castle Visitor Centre
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Athlone
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

I would highly recommend a visit to Athlone Castle, the museum is very interactive with various activities for all ages throughout bringing history to life. We used the free audio guide during our visit which were very useful. The castle looks out onto the river Shannon and there are great views throughout

Thank EveC99
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Wonderful time viewing this well thought out Museum. The guide was wonderful, very knowledge and presented well.

Thank nualamon
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Enjoyed all the information and views. Teen daugher even had a great time. Had fun dressing up , wished there was a better place to take a photo once your group was dressed. Lots of interactive things to do and so much to learn. Recepit has discounts for other local attractions in the area. Would go again

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

When visiting we were surprised to see what all can this hotel offer from 360 degrees history view to interactive history walk...

I really recommend and the view from the castle is fantastic!

Thank Goran V
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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

Myself and my husband were down in Athlone again for a stay in our usually hotel and while there decided to take in a visit to Athlone castle not sure if I have done one on this as not my first visit but what a place. It is so gorgeous and u have to spend some time here and read and listen to all the stories. We both loved it and felt very welcomed and informative from the staff there. It is well worth a visit. Needless to say we will visit again love the spot it’s in and everything about it.

Thank jewel18
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