Athlone Castle Visitor Centre, Athlone

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#1 of 8 in Historic Sites in County Westmeath
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A visit to Athlone Castle Visitor Centre 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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Athlone Castle Visitor Centre by using our Athlone trip itinerary planner.
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  • Nothing more than a verbal history lesson. Boring, unimaginative and modern interior. You could be anywhere. Plenty of castles to visit in Ireland that have been maintained in the original...  more »
  • Didn't expect that a visit to Castle will be so much fun, I felt like a kid myself when went through lots of interacting spots while learning a bit of history of the place, highly recommending for...  more »
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  • Very impressed! A surprising amount of interactive features to occupy my 6yo. Great audio guide content, but would have liked the ability to rewind it. Enjoyed the sculptures of important figures made out of unconventional materials. The Athlone timeline had some cool quotes. Unfortunately the 360 movie was out of service, but it sounded really cool.
  • Super tourist site. Was here for heritage week and admission was free the day I was there. ( Wed) Opted to walk through at my own pace. Well thought out museum. Loved the interactive parts especially. Both my parents were born and raised in Athlone and I hadn't been to the castle I many years. Highly recommend a visit.
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