Athlone is ideal for walking with the main parts of the town all with a relatively small area. Here are a few highlights within a short walking distance from Athlone Castle Visitor Centre.

Luan Gallery

Directly accross the road from Athlone Castle, it’s well worth checking out the exhibitions, workshops and events at Luan Gallery. Luan Gallery is open six days a week.

Seans Bar

Soak up the atmosphere at Sean's, the oldest pub in Ireland, it hasn’t changed for centuries,from the sawdust on the floor to the cannon ball decorations and open turf fire.

Passenger Boat Trips

Take a trip on the mystical Shannon! Take an easy cruise or a thrilling high speed powerboat ride.

Stay in Athlone

Athlone offers a wide range of accommodation for families, including budget, luxury, and intimate boutique hotels along with bed-and-breakfast accommodation

The Old Rail Trail Greenway

The Old Rail Trail Greenway. Enjoy the serenity of the countryside on this 42km route that offers easy cycling along a former railway track in Westmeath.

Eating Out

Athlone has a particularly vibrant foodie scene with many gourmet hotspots dotted near the Castle in the narrow streets of the old town.

Lough Ree

Lough Ree – Ireland's third-largest lake – explore islands and ancient ruins along with a rich diversity of wildlife.


Whether it’s in a shiny modern shopping centre, a famous traditional department store, or a distinctive independent store, shopping in Athlone is an exciting experience.


An ancient monastic complex of churches and ornate high crosses overlooking the meandering River Shannon