Things to do in Athlone
Athlone has a rich history and heritage, which is still very much present with many heritage and cultural attractions making Athlone a great destination for history and culture-lovers.
Church of Saints Peter & Paul
This church, often mistaken for a cathedral due to its imposing appearance overlooking the River Shannon, was completed in 1937. Designed by Ralph Byrne, it has two towers on its main façade, four huge columns and several stained glass windows by a variety of well-known makers including Harry Clarke studios, Earley of Dublin and Sarah Purser.
Address: St. Peter’s Square.
The church is still a place of worship and mass takes place at 9:30 Monday to Saturday; 19:30 on Monday and Friday; vigil mass is at 18:30 on Saturday and Sunday, masses are at 9:00, 10:30 and 12:00 (times subject to change).
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre
From humble beginnings as a timber fort, King John’s Castle, or Athlone Castle as it is most commonly known, evolved to become a bold defensive building that still dominates the town today. It now stands as a relic to medieval Ireland and houses a modern multimedia exhibition displaying Athlone’s history.
The eight newly designed exhibition spaces pursue both a chronological and thematic sequence combining hands-on and fun experiences.
Address: St. Peter’s Square
Opening Hours: Sunday 12:00-17:00. Monday – Saturday 11:00-17:00. Closed Monday.
Little Museum of Memories
Run by the dedicated volunteers of the Athlone Heritage Group, the Little Museum of Memories showcases Athlone’s social history. Featuring old photographs, displays, documents and artefacts, the Little Museum of Memories is a trip down memory lane for bygone times of Athlone town. The museum is compact in size but it is chock full of interesting pieces on the topic of local history.
Address: 1 Lloyd’s Lane Opening Hours:
Athlone Marina Abbey Road
One of the prettiest sights on the Shannon in Athlone is the bobbing boats of Athlone Marina and this great facility is very well equipped for mooring boats when visiting or on a more long-term basis.
Address: Abbey Road
Athlone has a great town park, nearby nature areas and a variety of playgrounds to enjoy Burgess Park is a beautiful riverside park, named for Thomas Burgess who founded Burgess of Athlone, Department Store on Church Street in the town. William Burgess donated the park to the town in 1924. From the steps in the park, there are fine views of the sweep of the weir, which was built as part of the Shannon navigation works of the 1840s.
Athlone Towncentre Shopping Centre
There are a lot of big shopping centres across the country but few have struck the balance between quality retail and sheer size like Athlone Towncentre has. With over 60 of the most popular retail brands and independent stores across its two massive levels, the customer really is spoiled for choice. The ultramodern centre is clean, spacious, bright and easily navigated.
Address: Civic Square
Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday, 9:00-21:00 Thursday & Friday, 12:00-18:00 Sunday.
Burgess of Athlone, Department Store
Burgess of Athlone is famous for being the longest established department store in Ireland. The store was founded in 1839, 175 years ago by Thomas Burgess of Athlone. Irish owned and family-run, the store is located in the centre of Athlone town. The landmark department store is well known throughout the midlands for their quality brands and high standard of customer care.
Address: 1 – 7 Church Street.
Opening Hours: 9:30 – 18:00 Monday to Saturday
Athlone Golf Club
One of the oldest golf clubs in the Midlands (established 1892) Athlone Golf Club is a scenic, parkland gem that attracts over 4500 visitors a year. The pleasant, rolling fairways set on Lough Ree will set you in a relaxed state of mind for a memorable game of golf on this championship course. The natural water features and the many deep bunkers provide a challenge for even the most seasoned golfer.
Address: Hodson Bay
For Tee Times contact 090-6492073 www.athlonegolfclub.ie