The Athlone Castle Visitors Centre is a major tourist destination in the centrally located town of Athlone. It incorporates both the splendidly maintained medieval keep and the Luan Art Gallery; just a short walk across the Shannon.

The castle dominates the town of Athlone and has done so for the best part of a millennium. Originally a wooden fortress built in 1129 by King Tairrdelback Ua Conchobair of Connaught, the castle defended the militarily important crossing point over the river.

The present stone structure dates from the time of King John (1210), the castle was later reconstructed by Sir William Brabazon (Lord Justice of Ireland) in 1547 and hosted major military garrisons for both the Norman and English invasions of Ireland.

The castle played a pivotal role in the famous siege of Athlone during the Williamite war of 1690-1691 and the interpretive centre hosts an impressive visual experience of this seminal event in Irish history. Recent renovations have created eight separate exhibition spaces each focusing on a particular period of Irish history.

The Luan Art Gallery is an extension of the 1897 Fr Matthew Temperance Hall and was renovated in 2012 at a cost of €3.4 million as an exhibition space for the town. The gallery hosts a variety of multi and mixed-media installations.

Both of these significant attractions are located only 13 miles away from Ballymahon town and are easily accessible by car, bus or bicycle along the N55.

Contact Details

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre

Opening Hours: 

Thursday – Saturday 11am til 5pm
Sunday – 12pm til 5pm

Last Admission is 4pm
Closed from Monday to Wednesdeay

Admission Details:

Adult Single €8.00
Seniors/Student €6.00
Children/U15 €4.00
Family (2 adults up to 4 children) €20.00
Group bookings on request

Luan Art Gallery

 Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday 11am til 5pm
Sunday – 12pm til 5pm

Closed on Mondays

Contact Details:

Telephone: 090 6442154