Are you a lover of history? Or do you just want to explore one of the many castles which Ireland has to offer? Whatever the reason, make sure you visit Athlone Castle and Visitor Centre on your next day out in the Midlands! This beautiful castle sits facing the River Shannon, but, it is also facing the fantastic St Peter and Pauls Church, which is also well worth a visit! The castle itself dates back to the 13th century and was built by the Normans, being steeped in the town’s history since then.
Inside the centre, visitors can marvel at the 8 different exhibition spaces, which showcase the history of the town and the culture of its people. These spaces are specifically designed to be as interactive as possible, and visitors are encouraged to engage with them, throughout their journey. Visitors can also witness the famous depictions of the “Siege of Athlone” by Illustrator Victor Ambrus, this is presented within a magnificent 360-degree presentation, which attempts to give visitors an experience that is as close as possible to the Siege. The castle has many different themes and exhibitions, with the aim of visiting, to entertain young and old alike! So what are you waiting for? Make the most of your next day off, by visiting the famous Athlone Castle and Visitor Centre in County Westmeath!