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Athlone Castle Tickets and Prices


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 eight newly designed exhibition spaces pursue both a chronological and thematic sequence combining hands-on and fun experiences that will appeal to both children and adults. Bold sculptural forms help to convey human figures and historical milestones. 3D maps, audio-visual installations and illustrations by renowned illustrator Victor Ambrus (best known for his work on Channel 4’s Time Team), bring the stories and characters of Athlone to life.


Athlone Castle is a heritage hot spot. Built in the 13th Century its striking presence in the heart of Co. Westmeath resonates with the 800 years of history it encompasses. Book online today!

Is a digital ticket considered valid on a mobile device?

No, please print your ticket(s) before arriving.

How long should I allow for a visit?

Allocated at least 60-75 minutes for your visit.

Is this a guided tour?

The admission tickets includes a self guided tour. However, scheduled guided tours occur throughout the season at certain events and during peak season.

Is there car parking available?

Yes, there is a car park alongside the Castle.

Can I take photos or film within Athlone Castle?

Yes, unless a staff member informs you that there are specific restrictions, visitors permitted to photograph or film Athlone Castle’s displayed collections for personal use, including for sharing on social media. Visitors may not use flash, a tripod, monopod or supplementary lighting.

Is Athlone Castle wheelchair accessible?

Yes, however, please note that the only way to enter Athlone Castle is by a relatively steep ramp which was created to keep attackers out. It is wheelchair accessible but persons with reduced mobility may need assistance. The main entrance and courtyard is a flat surface. There are automatic doors with a push pad function to open. The interior of the visitor centre is suitable for wheelchair access with a life accessing the upper floors. Please also note that the surface in the castle courtyard is uneven in places with steps to raised areas.