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Athlone Castle, Athlone

(4.2/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
A visit to Athlone Castle transports visitors back to the 13th century, a time of brave knights and fair ladies. The setting for many decisive battles over the centuries, the castle underwent a major renovation in 2012 and now includes a number of modern exhibit spaces designed to provide visitors with an interactive experience. The innovative displays encourage your to engage with history as you move through each room and learn about the area's tumultuous history. The highlight of the castle remains the siege exhibit, located in the upper keep's circular gallery. Audio guides area available in several languages. You can also take a guided tour with prior arrangement. Using our custom trip planner, Athlone attractions like Athlone Castle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This castle is a lovely historical landmark of Athlone just on the river shannon. It is well worth a visit and adults and children alike who are interested in history and irish culture would love it.  more »
  • This castle is worth the time, it presents history time line in a concise way. We understood the importance of the River Shannon location in a deeper way after the tour.  more »
  • I only got to see the outside of this lovely castle as it was shut the day I was there. However, it is a beautiful piece of architecture, and well worth a walk around -  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very neat placement on the Shannon. But, not terribly big, so you don't need to plan much time here.
  • Well worth a visit If you're in the area. Right in the town and very accessible. It doesn't tale long to explore and lovely views.