Girls Getaway to Athlone this Winter

Athlone ticks all the boxes – luxurious spas, delicious food, cocktails & local craft beer, a wide choice of accommodation, big brands and independent retailers to choose from. We are just 90 minutes by train or car from Dublin and Galway so perfectly positioned for a short break with friends. Destination Athlone’s slogan – At the Heart of It – truly describes the town.

Shopping is an essential element in any weekend away and Girls Getaway features both high street brand names in Athlone’s two smart shopping centres and traditional Burgess Department Store, the oldest in Ireland with a history dating back to the 1700s. Don’t be misled by its age, Burgess constantly has something new to offer. Most recently, they have launched The Village at Burgess, an indoor laneway of eight independent shops accessed from both street and store. High street stores in the shopping centres include Zara, H&M, JD’S, Tommy Hilfiger, Marks & Spencer, Primark and Carraig Donn.

One of the best things about a weekend in Athlone is convenience. Visitors can park up the car on arrival and go everywhere on foot during their stay. Several of the hotels are right in the town core or just outside beside shopping, pubs, cafes, restaurants and attractions. Others are self-contained oases in glorious locations like Glasson or Hodson Bay. There’s even a novel water taxi to and from the town centre making out of town locations totally accessible.

Our hotels have excellent spas and great offers for the Christmas season.

Athlone’s medieval heart, overlooked by the ancient Castle, is a warren of atmospheric streets rich with award-winning cafés, pubs and restaurants. The girls in the video choose the Sirana Spa at the Sheraton Hotel, Corner House Bistro for a coffee, dinner at ethnic Kin Khao which has been noticed even by the Michelin judges, and cocktails in trendy Maisie’s where cocktails are order of the day.

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This video is funded by Westmeath & Roscommon LEADER programme.