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Athlone Castle Visitor Centre
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Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is an interactive audio-visual experience that highlights the history of the castle, the town and the people of Athlone.

Reopened in 2012 following extensive renovations, the Athlone Castle Visitor Centre features eight exhibition rooms that tell the history of Athlone from pre-historic settlement right through the Siege of 1691 and onto more modern times.

There are areas to dress up in period costumes, try to ‘Capture the Castle’ on one of the interactive games, test your strength on some weapons and much more. Get hands-on at Athlone Castle while also reading and hearing about the rich history of the town, its environs and the people who have lived here.

Highlights include:
  • Rich collection of artefacts relevant to Athlone
  • 360 degree cinema of the violent Siege of Athlone 1691
  • Dress-up areas and interactive games
  • Giant chess set outside (seasonal)
  • Stunning views of Athlone town and River Shannon

Visitor Information

Open Year Round

January - February & November - December 
Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12 noon - 17:00
Closed Monday and Tuesday

March - May &  September - October
Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 - 17:30
Sunday 11:30 - 17:30
Closed Monday 

June - August
Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00
Open Daily

Contact Details

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre,
Castle Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath  

T: +353 (0) 90 644 2130
E: info@athlonecastle.ie
W: www.athlonecastle.ie

Closed: December 24 to 26 and January 1 

Bank Holidays: Open at 12 noon from March – October 

Last admission: 1 hour before closing 

Approx. visit duration: 60 to 75 minutes

 

Admission Prices 2017

Adult: €8.00
Senior (aged 65+): €6.00
Student (with valid ID): €6.00
Child (aged 5-15): €4.00
Toddlers: (aged 0-4): Free
Family (2 adults and 2 children): €20.00
Family (2 adults and 4 children): €25.00

 

Other Useful Information

LANGUAGES
Audio guides available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese (Mandarin). Guided tours are available in English. 

DINING / REFRESHMENTS
On-site cafe serving speciality coffee, teas, cold drinks and light snacks. Seating for 16 indoors, and 16 outdoors. Picnic area also available. 

SHOPPING
Gift shop selling gifts, souvenirs and branded Athlone Castle merchandise.

PARKING
Paid off-site car parking available nearby in St. Peter’s Square, Castle Street, O’ Connell Street and Bastion Street. Free coach parking on-site.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
Ramp on entrance. Partial courtyard access with accessible toilet. Visitor centre accessible with lift to access all floors.

GROUPS
Group rates available (minimum 10 people). Pre-booking required.

WI-FI
Free Wi-Fi available.

ACCOLADES & AWARDS

  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 and 2016

Map Location

Athlone town is located on the main M6 motorway between Dublin & Galway and is approx. 132km from Dublin Airport. Athone Castle is a 15 minute walk from the bus and train stations. 

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