Athlone Castle Visitor Centre
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Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is a major tourist attraction in the town of Athlone and featurs both the visitor centre itself and the new Luan Art Gallery.
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is a major tourist attraction in the town of Athlone and features both the Castle Visitor Centre and the new Luan Art Gallery. The castle is of Norman origin and dominates the town centre of Athlone, County Westmeath. It commands the traditional gateway to the west of Ireland.
The first real signs of settlement at Athlone grew up in Anglo Norman times around the castle, which was built for King John of England by his Irish justiciar Bishop John De Gray of Norwich. Though not the first castle to be built at Athlone, this castle has endured like no other. Looking at it today it still incorporates elements of the castle of 1210, together with various additions and alterations which were made in response to advances in warfare. It has many of the characteristics of a Napoleonic fortification as it was remodeled during that period to defend the crossing point of the Shannon.
Today the castle still dominates the west town of Athlone perched on the River Shannon. Following recent renovations the castle now boasts eight new spaces that offer the visitor a hands on interactive experience and explores the rich history of the town. Visitors to Athlone Castle will explore Early Settlement, Athlone Castle's first 400 years, Pre-Siege, Siege 360, People of the Siege, Fabric of Athlone, Self-Sufficient People and Death and Destruction.
From Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd February, 2014, all under 15’s visiting will be free of charge and all other single entry tickets will be only €4.