Athlone Castle, Athlone

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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. Put Athlone Castle on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Athlone trip itinerary planner .
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  • 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  more »
  • You can enter free of charge to the entrance of the Castle. I felt such exhibits as cannot see at all, but enough.
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  • Lovely grounds to walk around and great river views from the castle. Giant chess set outdoors. Toilet facilities and shop.  more »
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  • Very interesting. Gives a good history of town. The interactive presentation is excellent. Enjoyed it and would recommend it
  • Nice place to learn about Athlone (and Ireland’s) history. Kids really enjoyed it. Expect to spend 30-60 minutes there. Well worth a visit.
  • Can get some nice views from the top. Worth checking out if you have some spare time. Fascinating history and really well told. The 360 degree room is worth checking out and easy to miss. Make sure you don't.
  • Nice little castle in the heart of the city. It has got some nice views of the river and city. Quite informative.
  • Great quick interesting place. Great view of the city. Get an Irish coffee at Sean's afterward.

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Where to stay in Athlone

While the eastern bank of the River Shannon has a lot of commercial glitz, many visitors prefer to stay on the western bank in Athlone, where the castle beckons travelers to this lively town. Here you will find the winding streets, cafes, pubs, and historical sites that keep locals and visitors enchanted. There are plenty of hotels to choose from in the area, although bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and apartments tend to have more personality.
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