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Athlone Castle

Athlone Castle


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Product details - Athlone castle has a striking presence in the heart of the co. Westmeath town which resonates with the 800 years of history it encompasses. It was owned at times by either the dillons or by the o'kellys, two rival families. it was also residence of the lord presidents of connacht in the 16th and 17th centuries, the jacobite central defence during the seiges of athlone in the 1690s. It was a military barracks for almost 300 years. In 1967, the old athlone society set up a museum in the castle and two years later it became a public monument. the castle and visitor centre was reopened in november 2012 following extensive refurishments. There are now eight galleries chronicling the history of the town, the castle and the people of athlone.test replica weapons, try interactive games and take photographs dressed in period costumes! step back in time and discover the history of athlone through a series of interactive and audio visual exhibitions. explore the coveted artefacts that range from pre historic settlers to modern athlone. Learn about the first 400 years of the castle. discover how it was built as a timber fort in the 12th century and developed into a major defensive structure. follow the striking illustrations by victor ambrus as they lead you to experience the intensity of the 1691 battle in the 360degree cinematic experience!summary of facilities8 modern audio visual exhibitions  multi lingual audio guides available french, german, spanish, italian, portuguese, english chinese mandarincafé and shopthe castle keep with its vast collection of artefacts from the 19th centurydress up areasoutdoor courtyard and picnic areaviewing areas from the castle battlements with stunning views of athlonetourist information office seasonalgiant outdoor chess play medieval style! Seasonal  

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