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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. Using our custom trip planner, Athlone attractions like Athlone Castle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We loved this Irish castle! It is located on the river Shannon and is an excellent educational visit. There was a nice display concerning a medieval battle and great views of the town, river and bridg...  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit to Athlone Castle and we would recommend it to anyone interested in history. The presentations were brilliant and it brought home to the viewer just how terrible war can be  more »
  • We really enjoyed our visit to this interactive display. Attractively presented and plenty of information, with very helpful staff to fill in details.  more »
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  • I have passed this Castle since I was a child. Its the first time inside. Beautifully restored the views are excellent. And some lovely restaurants near by
  • Full of history and information. Great for families. Loved our time here.
  • Check out this castle! Was very impressed with the inside as it briefs you with the historical importance of the city. Also, very interactive and great for kids.
  • Great interactive tour and dress up costumes. Loved it. Well worth a visit
  • Amazing irish historical experience!! The walls are magnificent and the access isn't great for disabled.

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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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