Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I allow for a visit?

You should allocate 60 – 75 minutes.

What else is there to visit in the area?

There’s a whole lot to do in Athlone, and visiting Athlone Castle is a great starting point. Our sister venue Luan Gallery is located directly accross the road and is well worth a visit. Have a look at for more things to do.

Is it a guided tour?

 The tour is self-guided.We host scheduled guided tours throughout the season at certain events and during peak season. Have a look at our events page for more details. Guided tours are available for groups, booking in advance is required. Guided tours are scheduled during peak season and Heritage week. Multilingual audio tour guides are available at admissions. Languages catered for are English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Chinese.

Is there car parking available?

Yes, there is a car park alongside the Castle. Have a look here for information on where to park.

Is it ok to take photos or to film within Athlone Castle?

Yes, unless a staff member informs you that there are specific restrictions, visitors are permitted to photograph or film Athlone Castle’s displayed collections for personal use, including for sharing on social media. Visitors may not use flash, a tripod, monopod or supplementary lighting.
No unauthorised filming is permitted in the museum, for reasons of data protection, copyright and potential health and safety.

Where can I find information on things to do and places to eat in Athlone?

How do I get to Athlone Castle?

Getting to The Athlone Castle is easy thanks to excellent public transport options, and our close proximity to Ireland’s main motorway network. For maps and detailed instructions visit the getting here information page

How can I buy tickets?

Tickets can be purchased at the visitor centre or online here

Do you offer discounts for groups?

Yes, group rates apply to 10 people or more. Please contact Athlone Castle directly for more information.

Is the visitor centre suitable for visitors with a disability?

Yes, however, please note that the only way to enter Athlone Castle is by a relatively steep ramp which was created to keep attackers out. It is wheelchair accessible but persons with reduced mobility may need assistance. The main entrance and courtyard is a flat surface. There are automatic doors with a push pad function to open. The interior of the visitor centre is suitable for wheelchair access with a lift accessing the upper floors. Please also note that the surface in the castle courtyard is uneven in places with steps to raised areas. Accessible toilets are available at in the Castle courtyard. There is a public parking space for persons with reduced mobility adjacent to the Castle.
For further information and booking please contact Athlone Castle on T: 090 6442130.

More Questions?

If you can’t find your answer here, contact the Visitor Information Centre on Phone +353 90 6442130 or email

We endeavour to provide a safe and healthy environment for visitors within the constraints of an historic property and as far as is reasonable and practicable.
Hazards Warning

Please be aware that there are uneven surfaces, steps and some low doorways on site to negotiate where care should be taken by all visitors.Children should be supervised at all times.
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