Athlone Castle, like so many others, has evolved greatly over the centuries. From its meagre beginnings into a bold, defensive, and important structure, the castle has witnessed many historical milestones. Despite much of the original structure being destroyed by warring armies and natural disasters, visitors can still see the remains of the 13th Century walls that were incorporated into the existing building.
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre invites visitors to travel back in time following a series of eight modern exhibition spaces where the story of Athlone and the castle is discovered through panels, interactives, authentic and replica artefacts, touchable objects and games.
Discover the Castle’s importance, its destruction and its revival and marvel at the fascinating stories of bravery and sacrifice, fierce battles and territories won and lost.
Unearth Athlone’s earliest society and discover its intriguing story.
ATHLONE CASTLE’S FIRST 400 YEARS
Delve into the Medieval period at Athlone Castle and interact with history.
THE SIEGE EXPERIENCE
Witness the dramatic reenactment of the Siege in a 360° visual experience.
PEOPLE OF THE SIEGE
Come face to face with the past and meet the people from the siege.
Listen to one of Ireland’s greatest tenors and learn about Athlone’s most famous son.
SELF SUFFICIENT PEOPLE
Browse a selection of objects connected to Athlone’s old trades, crafts and lifestyles.
DEATH AND DESTRUCTION
Reflect on the horrors of this deadly period of battles and war.