Best Things to do in Athlone

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Planet Entertainment Centre 

There is something for all the family here, Ten-Pin Bowling, Laser Tag, Childrens Soft Play Arena, Games, Pool, Bar & a Subway restaurant. Special Offers for Student nights, Corporate Events, Kids Birthday Parties, Teenage Parties and Hens and Stags.

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre

Athlone Castle Visitor Centreis situated in the heart of the Midlands, on the west bank of the river Shannon adjacent to St Peter and Pauls Church and the Luan Gallery. It was reopened in November 2012 following extensive renovations. The 13th century Norman castle now boasts 8 new exhibition spaces that tell the story of the castle, Athlone town, its people and the surrounding area. The spaces have been designed to be very interactive visitor’s are encouraged to get hands on and engage with the rooms as they move through them.

Derryglad Folk Museum

No trip to the midlands is complete without a visit to the Derryglad Folk Museum, which is hidden in south Roscommon in a land of lakes and rivers.The collection deals with Farm & Folk life in Ireland from the 18th century to the recent past.The museum is privately owned and run by the Finneran Family and houses a unique 25 year collection of over 5,000 items. These include; horse-drawn machinery restored to the original working order, tradesmans tools and buttermaking equipment.

Viking Ship

Come back 1,200 years and join the Vikings on a replica Viking Ship. Cruise up the River Shannon to Lough Ree (1hr 15min) or down river to the monastic settlement and round tower of Clonmacnoise (1hr 30min one way). Experience the religous and Viking history attached to this area. Hear live commentry on Viking hoardes, on the beauty of the river, its flora, fauna, bird and fish life. Fun and excitement for all the family…Departs from Athlone Castle and tickets are available on board.

Glendeer Pet Farm

Animal interaction at it’s best. See all the funny antics of our friendly animals, you will get to feed, pet and even hold some of them. Over 50 species of animals to see, an 1850s cottage, a nature walk and fairy trail, a large outdoor and indoor play area and a soft play toddler area, so there is something for everyone.


Baysports in Athlone has the perfect activity for everyone who’s young at heart! With kayaks, Stand Up Paddling (SUP) boards, pedal boats and proud to be home to the Guinness® World Record for the tallest inflatable waterslide,  there is something for everyone.

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