10 Things to Do in Athlone That You Shouldn't Miss

December 18, 2017 Layne Dawes

Athlone (/æθˈloʊn/; Irish: Baile Átha Luain, meaning "town of Luan's ford") is a town on the River Shannon near the southern shore of Lough Ree in Ireland. It is the second most populous town in the Midlands Region with a population of 21,349 in the 2016 census, and is considered the commercial capital of the Midlands.
Restaurants in Athlone

1. Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum

Curraghboy, Athlone, Ireland +353 90 648 8192
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5 based on 270 reviews

Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum

No trip to the midlands is complete without a visit to the Derryglad Folk Museum, which is hidden in south Roscommon in a land of lakes and rivers.The collection deals with Farm & Folk life in Ireland from the 18th century to the recent past.The museum is privately owned and run by the Finneran Family and houses a unique 25 year collection of over 5,000 items. These include; horse-drawn machinery restored to the original working order, tradesmans tools and buttermaking equipment. For those with an interest in the lifestyle of bygone days, the Museum hosts laundry memorabilia, old and rare washing machines, 1930’s old-style thatched bar & grocery, old-style sheep shears, radios, gramophones and a large collection of 78rpm records, shop dockets and bill-heads, sports display McCormacks photography room where the contents include dark rooms finishing r D & P line, camara’s enlargers and B & W colour processors. as well as much, much more.Derryglad Folk Museum is an ideal destina­tion for school tours, ICA Guilds, Ladies Clubs, Farming Groups, Vintage Clubs, Historical So­cieties, Day Care Centres and many more

Reviewed By Mags508 - Durham, United Kingdom

Told you are going to a shed in remote field in Ireland doesn't sound like a good idea but ..........this little museum is a wonder. Full of every day items from days gone by you will be reminiscing all day. Beautifully kept, no dust any where and everything labeled. A real treat run by two lovely people.

2. Athlone Castle Visitor Centre

Athlone Castle Castle Street, Athlone N37 A6D7, Ireland +353 90 644 2130
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4.5 based on 615 reviews

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is situated in the heart of the Midlands, on the west bank of the river Shannon adjacent to St Peter and Pauls Church and the Luan Gallery. It was reopened in November 2012 following extensive renovations. The 13th century Norman castle now boasts 8 new exhibition spaces that tell the story of the castle, Athlone town, its people and the surrounding area. The spaces have been designed to be very interactive visitor's are encouraged to get hands on and engage with the rooms as they move through them. First built in the 12th century as a timber fort, Athlone Castle evolved into a bold, defensive building. Its most significant architectural features, such as the keep, have now been harnessed to act as a dramatic backdrop to its diverse and fascinating story. The newly designed exhibition spaces pursue both a chronological and thematic sequence combining hands-on and fun experiences such as games and dress-up activities. Learn about the rich history of Athlone from pre-historic settlement right through to the modern town. Athlone was the setting for many battles down through the centuries. The most famous is the siege of Athlone in 1690 and 1691. The story of the siege and the fighting that was ongoing is brought to life at Athlone Castle through illustrations by renowned illustrator Victor Ambrus. During a spectacular 360 degree audio visual presentation, a re-enactment of the siege of Athlone is experienced. Bold sculptural forms help to convey human figures and historical milestones. 3D maps, audio-visual installations and original artifacts combine to bring the stories and characters of Athlone to life. The newest addition to the visitor centre is the display dedicated to the memory of Athlone's famous son, John Count McCormack. Here the world-renowned tenor is honored with artefacts from both his social life and musical career. At Athlone Castle you can sit down and enjoy some refreshments in the cafe area located in the reception. There is Seating for 16 with extra Seating outside. Visitors can also avail of audio-guides in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. The Failte Ireland tourist office is also located in the castle courtyard. Take the opportunity to visit our sister property Luan Gallery, located just across the road. It is a modern art gallery that showcases local and national artists in a modern impressive gallery overlooking the river Shannon. Athlone hosts a number of fairs and festivals throughout the year that offer fun-filled activities for all. If you are looking for somewhere central to travel with a lot to offer, from museums and galleries to shopping, then come to Athlone, the heart of the Midlands. This renovated tourist attraction is the perfect stop off point in the heart of the Lakeland's Region of Ireland enroute to the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way and along the exciting and culturally interesting route of Ireland's Ancient East. Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is waiting for you to explore, engage and enjoy!

Reviewed By Vivienne N - Clogheen, Ireland

It's ok but have seen other similar places done better. Needs more attention to detail, but saying that there was not a lot of space to add more information.

Mullingar, Ireland
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4.5 based on 56 reviews

Athlone to Mullingar Greenway

Reviewed By Pinchas L - Tel Aviv

A pleasant ride, well kept and green. But the Royal Canalway and Mullingar Cycle Routes are more varied and not as monotonous.

4. Glendeer Pet Farm

Curryroe, Drum, Athlone, Ireland +353 90 643 7147
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4.5 based on 182 reviews

Glendeer Pet Farm

Animal interaction at it's best. See all the funny antics of our friendly animals, you will get to feed, pet and even hold some of them. Over 50 species of animals to see, an 1850s cottage, a nature walk and fairy trail, a large outdoor and indoor play area and a soft play toddler area, so there is something for eeryone. Lots to do throughout the year: Summer season runs from March to Sept (please check our website for exact dates), Easter Egg Hunts Easter Sat, Sun and Mon at 3pm, Halloween Spooktastic Event during the mid term break, and foe the month of December the farm is transfered into Ireland's Lapland.

Reviewed By cat_laff - Dublin, Ireland

I visited with my friend and 3 children under 5. The whole place was decorated for Halloween and there were little extras including marshmallows for toasting, a treasure hunt and a short show with a convincing witch.
This is a family-run attraction, which really comes across in the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff.
There are lots of more unusual animals to see along with the usual farm animals. My daughter loved feeding the animals with the feed provided and we both enjoyed cuddling the puppies.
The animals look well cared for and are housed in clean and spacious enclosures, much better than other similar pet farms we have visited.
There are indoor and outdoor play areas with a soft play area for wobblers and toddlers and a zip wire and obstacle course for older kids. We visited on a showery day so didn't brave the fairy trail or linger in the picnic area but our visit still passed the 3 hour mark.
We will definitely be back!

5. Clonmacnoise

Shannonbridge, Ireland +353 905 74195
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4.5 based on 782 reviews

Clonmacnoise

Reviewed By tricia1964 - Dublin

We travelled from Dublin to the Clonmacnois monastic site. While the weather was blistering cold the visitors center was warm informative helpful and friendly. The impressive High Crosses, the details and developments of this monastic site steeped in heritage were certainly well worth a visit regardless of the time of year.

6. Church of Saints Peter & Paul, Athlone

8/10 Barrack Street, Athlone, Ireland
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4.5 based on 78 reviews

Church of Saints Peter & Paul, Athlone

Reviewed By Nigel M - Dublin, Ireland

Beautiful church worth a visit and a moment for contemplation or prayer or meditation surrounded by beautiful architecture and decoration not used in churches after the 1950s.

7. Old Rail Trail

R01, Bridge House, Athlone, Ireland
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Old Rail Trail

Reviewed By Paihibo - Athlone, Westmeath, Ireland

Athlone part is dirty ... not interesting - you can only walk the dog for toilet :( ! No trash bins, no benches to sit, landscaping is tragic .
Path froom Athlone to Mullingar looks better . It is not as dirty. Continue missing benches and waste bins, no place to stay with small children and spread a picnic blanket. Great idea - poor execution. Good route for cyclists onle - simple, safe (no cars). That's it . Personally, I do not take children there, sometimes alone on my bike. Nothing the special .

8. Athlone Equestrian Centre

Moydrum, Athlone, Ireland +353 86 243 3609
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Athlone Equestrian Centre

Reviewed By Amy9567

I enjoy a trip to Athlone EC almost every year. The treks are super and offer some natural jumping. The cross country is wonderful and very inexpensive to rent. They have a great selection of horses that are well looked after. Would recommend to anyone looking for a nice day out!

9. Bay Sports

Hodson Bay, Athlone, Ireland
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Bay Sports

Reviewed By Elaine K

You simply cannot visit County Roscommon and not come to Hudson Bay and partake in the best water activities available. Everything is provided the lifejackets for all, safety briefing, boat to the platforms and slides but the wetsuits are for rental charge €3, we brought our own wetsuits. Please note pool shoes not acceptable HAS to be socks only on feet. My son swam out to the platforms it is approximately 2 metres deep.
Best fun and great exercise we all had in a while. There are little, medium and big slides all you would need up before whizzing down into tje water. Despite having a wetsuit when I first hit the water it did literally take my breath away for a few minutes, I am used to the sea but the Lough is so much colder.
You have an hour of activity for €17 for adults, €10 for children great value if you ask me. What a laugh if you have a Go Pro it's a must to capture the expressions and the landings! Not always to plan. Best to buddy up and I found it easier to get back on via the platforms these slightly lower than the handles at the side amd keep kicking your legs. For some of the floats you definitely need upper body strength but plenty to do if you can't manage these. The time goes surprisingly quickly as you are on and off swimming back and forth.
Go on be a dare devil and face the fear and do it anyway, you won't regret it!

10. Shannon Banks Nature Trail Walk

Athlone, Ireland
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4 based on 26 reviews

Shannon Banks Nature Trail Walk

Reviewed By Vincent D

I walked down to the Strand only to find it closed off because the water level was 100mm above the level of the quay. The Civil Defence, fire Brigade and volunteers were doing their very best and almost succeeding.
The west bank was not much better with 75mm of water above the edge of the stone quays.

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