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Athlone Castle, Athlone
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Tour eight exhibits detailing the history of Athlone Castle, a castle built by King John of England in 1210. This massive, 11th-century structure on the banks of the River Shannon replaced the 1129 timber fort that originally stood here. It was rebuilt using stone in 1210 as a strong, defensive fortress for the king. After protecting the town of Athlone for 750 years, this castle became a museum in 1966 and is run by the Old Athlone Society. Explore this renovated structure and its keep, which is a national monument, as well as its eight interactive galleries depicting this building's epic story. Using our custom trip planner, Athlone attractions like Athlone Castle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Its well organised and displayed. Its short but sweet. The castle organised events around the holidays, providing story telling at Halloween and Christmas cheer. 
  • 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 vis...  more »
  • 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 h...  more »
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  • Lovely modern gallery with lots of info on the history of Athlone. Our visit was slightly hampered by noisy visitors but once we let them pass it was a nice experience I especially liked the interactive parts of the museum. WE spent about an hour and a half here. Worth a visit.
  • The playground of my childhood has been turned into a rather excellent regional attraction / museum. There are plenty of hands on exhibits to keep the kids interested. I especially liked the very artistic figured of important personages from the Siege of Athlone.
  • We stopped here for our drive from Dublin to Westport. Great place to get out and stretch the legs. Lots of interesting history and there are many good places to grab a bite around it too.
  • Good tour.. excellent visual and interactive video.
  • This place is very well preserved and a very interesting military Castle.