Athlone Castle Visitor Centre
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Castle Street, Athlone, Westmeath, Republic of Ireland
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is a major tourist attraction in the town of Athlone and features both the visitor centre itself and the new Luan Art Gallery.
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is a family friendly tourist attraction in the heart of Ireland. Athlone’s history, people, castle and battles are explored and brought to life through a series of modern exhibitions. Child friendly multimedia displays and interactive games guide the visitor through the castle. The great Siege of Athlone is relived in a 360º cinematic experience transporting visitors to the centre of the 1691 battle.
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is a treat for all the family, with a courtyard picnic facilities and picturesque town views. Athlone Castle is located on the west side of Athlone town on the banks of the River Shannon. 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 and dress-up activities 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 many artifacts 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 honored with artifacts on display from both his social life and his musical career.
This newly renovated tourist attraction is the perfect stop off point in the heart of the Lakeland’s Region of Ireland enroute to The Wild Atlantic Way. Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is waiting for you to explore, engage and enjoy!
Please check website for seasonal changes to opening hours or for information on upcoming events.