Guided tours of Athlone Castle and Custume Barracks

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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.

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National Heritage Week 2015 at Athlone Castle

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National Heritage Week 2015 took place from Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th August.

There was an Open Day at Athlone Castle along with Storytelling by Danielle Alison and music By Athlone Pipe Band in the Castle Courtyard.

Donal O’Brien provided a talk and photographic exhibition on “Vanished Houses of Westmeath” taken from his book “The Houses and Landed Families of Westmeath”

Video Courtesy of Conor English

Celebrate Heritage Week at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre invites you to explore the programme of activities scheduled for National Heritage Week from Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th August 2017. The Visitor Centre will host a number of events throughout the week suitable for all ages.

Henry Brady will return with his popular ‘Walk the Walls’ tour, a guided exploration of the castle’s many historical external defence features. Professional facilitator Aideen McBride will be onsite narrating her immersive, mystical tales in family storytelling sessions.

Conservation Architect Bernadette Solon will deliver an illustrated talk on ‘Follies’ and Cultural Officer and chief tour guide Mary Bannon will talk about life in Athlone a century ago.

Copyright: Emilia Krysztofiak Rua Photography 2013
Copyright: Emilia Krysztofiak Rua Photography 2013

The Midlands Astronomy Club will deliver a twilight tour of the night sky assisted by their high powered telescope and Poetry in the Park will fill the courtyard with sonnets, prose, limericks and song.

The annual ‘Storm the Castle’ free admission day will take place on Wednesday 23rd August and further scheduled guided tours will be available with paid admission at the weekends.

A full schedule of events with further details, times and booking information is available to view on Athlone Castle’s newly launched re-designed website:

Queries and requests for further information should be addressed to Athlone Castle on 0906442130 or

John Waple armorial plaque (1621)

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John Waple was a merchant in Jacobean Athlone. This plaque bears a coat of arms and the inscription 1621 ERECTED BY JOHN WAPLE MARCHANT. The implication was that Waple had been granted arms as a testament to his status and wealth. This would have helped to underpin his commercial reliability. This plaque was recovered from an external wall in Custume Place, the probable location of his business.
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