Guided tours of Athlone Castle and Custume Barracks

Written by castle-keep on 2nd August 2017

Athlone Castle and Custume Barracks are delighted offer this pilot scheme of guided tours to visitors. Athlone Castle Visitor Centre will offer a daily guided tour every Friday, Saturday and Sunday commencing Friday 21st July at 2.30pm for the months of July and August. Visitors who opt for the guided tour will be led through Athlone’s history in the company of Castle staff who will relay tales of its earliest settlers, legends of its bloodiest battles and fables of more modern times. Visitors are invited to engage with our local expert guides, tapping into their vast knowledge of Athlone and its varied past.

Each Friday in July and August offers an additional treat for the eager culture vulture. Following the Athlone Castle guided tour; visitors are invited to gather at the bottom of the castle ramp where they will be greeted by a member of the Irish Defence Force and embark on a walking guided tour of Athlone’s Custume Barracks. This free tour add-on is confirmed to take place on the 21st and 28th of July and the 4th and 11th August and is a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into the history and current workings of one of Irelands most important military installations.
The Athlone Castle guided tour will last approximately 1 hour and normal admission rates apply. The Custume Barracks Friday tours will commence from Athlone Castle at 15.45 and will be offered free of cost. All tours are subject to availability and places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. Queries and requests for further information should be addressed to Athlone Castle on 0906442130 or

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