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Athlone Castle Tickets

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First built in the 12th century as a timber fort, Athlone Castle evolved into a bold, defensive building. Its most significant architectural features, such as the keep, have now been harnessed to act as a dramatic backdrop to its diverse and fascinating story.

The eight newly designed exhibition spaces pursue both a chronological and thematic sequence combining hands-on and fun experiences that will appeal to both children and adults. Bold sculptural forms help to convey human figures and historical milestones. 3D maps, audio-visual installations and illustrations by renowned illustrator Victor Ambrus (best known for his work on Channel 4’s Time Team), bring the stories and characters of Athlone to life.

Contact us to get a quote for your guided group booking at email address: info@365tickets.ie. 


Your ticket includes access to the eight newly designed exhibition spaces including, Early Settlement in AthloneAthlone Castle's First 400 YearsPre-Siege, The Siege Experience, People of the Siege, Fabric of Athlone, Self Sufficient People, and Death and Destruction. 


Athlone Castle has a striking presence in the heart of the Co. Westmeath town which resonates with the 800 years of history it encompasses. It was owned at times by either the Dillons or by the O'Kellys, two rival families. It was also residence of the lord presidents of Connacht in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Jacobite central defence during the seiges of Athlone in the 1690s. It was a military barracks for almost 300 years. In 1967, the Old Athlone Society set up a museum in the castle and two years later it became a public monument. 

The castle and visitor centre was reopened in November 2012 following extensive refurishments. There are now eight galleries chronicling the history of the town, the castle and the people of Athlone.

Test replica weapons, try interactive games and take photographs dressed in period costumes! Step back in time and discover the history of Athlone through a series of interactive and audio visual exhibitions. Explore the coveted artefacts that range from pre-historic settlers to modern Athlone. Learn about the first 400 years of the castle. Discover how it was built as a timber fort in the 12th century and developed into a major defensive structure. Follow the striking illustrations by Victor Ambrus as they lead you to experience the intensity of the 1691 battle in the 360degree cinematic experience!

Summary of Facilities:

8 Modern audio visual exhibitions 

 Multi-lingual audio guides available (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, English & Chinese (Mandarin)

Café and Shop

The Castle keep with its vast collection of artefacts from the 19th century

Dress up Areas

Outdoor Courtyard and Picnic Area

Viewing areas from the castle battlements with stunning views of Athlone

Tourist Information Office (Seasonal)

Giant Outdoor Chess - play Medieval Style! (Seasonal)

 

 


Address:

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre,

Castle Street,

Athlone,

County Westmeath,

N37 A6D7

Ireland.

Athlone is about 125km from Dublin. Take the M4 and then M6, leaving at junction 12. 

Athlone is also served by train, on the Dublin-Galway and Dublin-Ballina/Westport lines.

The Castle is across from St Peter's Square, in the centre of the town. 

Access to Athlone when travelling from any direction by coach is via N6 Athlone Bypass.

There is a public coach drop off/ pick up parking bay adjacent to Athlone Castle and road side coach parking (4 coach spaces) parallel to the river shannon.


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