Reconnect with heritage and culture this summer in Athlone
Make sure Athlone is top of the list for your Staycation plans this Summer. Reconnect and get ready to explore Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands where you’ll find plenty to do for all the family. Fill your days with culture and heritage and use Athlone as your base to discover and explore local and nearby attractions.
10 great ideas to include in your trip to Athlone.
1. Athlone Castle
Experience an immersive journey through 5,000 years of history at Athlone Castle which is located on the banks of the River Shannon. This 13th century castle was first built to defend the crossing point on the River Shannon and evolved into a defensive structure over the centuries.
Visit the John McCormack Exhibition which is dedicated to the celebrated singer, a native of Athlone. Find out more about the famous tenor John Count McCormack. Learn about his very successful musical career and his impressive social life with the beautiful array of artefacts on display.
Enjoy an unforgettable and unique experience and embark on the Athlone Whiskey Walking tour. Discover the centuries-old tradition of whiskey production in Athlone that encapsulates over 270 years of whiskey heritage.
Luan Gallery is Athlone’s contemporary visual art gallery and is dedicated to promoting a dynamic contemporary visual art programme and features work of both established and emerging artists from the midlands and beyond. Luan Gallery features an eclectic and balanced mix of media on display from painting to sculpture to textiles.
Located just 10 minutes away is Dun Na Si Heritage Park, a great escape that’s full of natural beauty. With a series of paths, a wetland reserve and parklands, there is lots to explore and discover in the fresh air.
Visit the mythological and sacred centre of Ireland at the Hill of Uisneach. This hill is one of the most historic sanctuaries in the world and has been the great assembly for the tribes and High Kings of Ireland as a site of worship. The summit of Uisneach boasts extensive panoramic views with twenty counties visible on the horizon.
Clonmacnoise Monastic Site is an early Christian site and was founded in the mid-6th century on the banks of the River Shannon. Admire the ruins of a cathedral, churches, round towers, high crosses and a large collection of Early Christian graveslabs.
Take a short drive to King House which is one of Boyle’s top tourist attractions. King House is a beautifully restored Georgian mansion with almost 300 years of history. It was first built in 1730 as the seat of the King family, a powerful landowning dynasty and is now open to the public as a museum bringing its history to life.
Strokestown Park is a unique historic property and features a Georgian Palladian Mansion with its original furnishings and fabrics, the National Famine Museum & Archive and Historic Gardens and Woodlands.
Roscommon Castle is a 13th-century Norman structure and was one of the most important royal castles in Ireland of its time. Built in 1269, it was originally occupied by Robert de Ufford, Lord Justice of Ireland. Spend a day enjoying the outdoors and exploring the castle’s past.
All these attractions are waiting to be discovered and explored so get packing and book your Staycation in Athlone today.
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