Museums and Attractions

Museums and Attractions

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre


Castle Street
Republic of Ireland

Athlone Castle and Visitor Centre is a treat for all the family, with courtyard picnic facilities and picturesque town views. This 12th-century stone castle was built for King John by Bishop John de Gray of Norwich, designed to defend the crossing point of the river at Athlone.

It’s located on the west side of Athlone Town, on the banks of the River Shannon. From its days as a timber fort, Athlone Castle evolved into a bold, defensive building with architectural features like the Keep of the Castle showcased as a dramatic backdrop to its diverse and fascinating story.

Athlone Castle reopened in 2012 after extensive renovations; today the castle has been transformed into a multi-sensory experience in which family-friendly multimedia displays and interactive games guide visitors through its halls. The great Siege of Athlone is relived in a 360º cinematic experience, transporting visitors to the centre of the 1691 battle.

Eight newly-designed exhibition spaces pursue both a chronological and thematic sequence that mixes hands-on and fun experiences, and features dress-up activities for children and adults. Bold sculptural forms help to convey human figures and historical milestones, while 3D maps, audio-visual installations and artefacts bring the stories and characters of Athlone to life.

The newest addition to the visitor centre is the John McCormack display—here the world-renowned tenor, born in Athlone, is honoured with artefacts on display from both his fascinating life and his musical career.

Athlone Castle, a newly renovated tourist attraction, is the perfect stop-off point in the heart of the Lakelands of Ireland, en route to the Wild Atlantic Way. Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is the perfect family destination, waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

  • Culture and Heritage
On Site FacilitiesKEY
  • Car Park
  • Disabled Access

Facilities include tourist office on-site and picnic area

Opening Times

November-February, Wednesday-Saturday: 11:00-17:00, Sunday 12:00-17:00 | Last admission is one hour before closing 16:00 | Closed Monday and Tuesday September-October and March–May, Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30–17:30, Sunday 11:30-17:30 | Last admission is one hour before closing 16:30 Closed Monday June-August, Monday-Saturday: 10:00-18:00, Sunday 11:00-18:00 | Last admission one hour before closing 17:00 | Athlone Castle and Visitor Centre is open seven days and on bank holidays for seasonal Sunday hours except on Christmas Day and St Stephens Day Facilities include tourist office on-site and picnic area.

Admission Prices

Adult €8 | Senior/student €6 | Child (U-15) €4 U-4 Free | Family (2+2) €20 (2+4) €25 | Group bookings on request

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