Athlone Castle:  A 12th Century Monument with a Rich Irish History

If you're looking at a map of Ireland, then Athlone Castle will be almost exactly in the very center of it.

Found in the Province of Leinster, and the County of Westmeath, the Castle is easy to find thanks to signs leading you to the structure and the adjacent visitor's center.

Irish Castles - Athlone Castle.

From Dublin Airport, the drive is just under 90 minutes, and the route goes along M4 and M6 until the L4023 exit.

Things to Know About Athlone Castle

Athlone Castle, which was constructed in the 12th century in County Westmeath, is a definite stop for all ages while visiting Westmeath in Ireland.

Originally constructed of wood, the castle was apparently destroyed in the late 1100s. The stone structure we see today dates from approximately 1210.

Its primary purpose was to defend a key crossing point of the river Athlone.

The stone castle was completely refurbished and opened to the public in 2012, bringing history to life.

You will love the Athlone Castle Visitor's Center, where you can relive key moments throughout history, such as the siege of Athlone, from the perspective of a castle resident.

Don't miss the keep of the castle, which is now an Irish National Monument.

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