Athlone Castle

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Things to do in County Westmeath, Ireland - Athlone Castle - YourDaysOut
Athlone Castle, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
June -August; Mon-Sat:10am-6pm, Sunday: 12pm—6pm. Off Peak: 11-5, Closed Monday & some Tuesdays
Adult - EUR 8.00 Child - EUR 4.00 Family - EUR 20.00
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Experience a magnificent immersive journey through history at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre and Museum Explore the coveted artefacts and learn about the first 400 years of the castle. It was built as a timber fort in the 12th century and developed into a major defensive structure. You can still see parts of the original castle here on the banks of the River Shannon in the heart of the Lakelands. Follow the striking illustrations by Victor Ambrus before you experience the intensity of the 1691 battle in a 360º cinematic experience. Witness the People of the Siege in their sculptural forms, bringing the soldiers to life. Gallery One, ‘Early Settlement in Athlone’: covers Athlone’s early history and settlements in an audio-visual-led space. A 3D map is a major feature; a sculptural representation of Ireland onto which are projected the significant historic periods such as the Vikings and the Normans. Gallery Two, ‘Athlone Castle’s first 400 years’: This gallery explores the political upheaval in Athlone in Medieval times. The gallery includes three touch-screens for multi-user engagement, also interactive ‘Build a Castle’ and hands on opportunity to try out the weapons of the day that will appeal to all age groups. Gallery Three, ‘Athlone Besieged’: Reveals the events leading up to the Siege of Athlone in 1690 and 1691. The gallery is a 360° drum wrapped with sketches by Victor Ambrus of armies in battle. An audio narrative featuring three characters gives visitors the human perspective of what it was like to live in Athlone at that time. Gallery Four, ‘The Siege Experience’: Located in the Upper Keep of the castle, a naturally circular space, the gallery uses a 360° projection to depict the heat and intensity of the bloody battle. A large soundscape using 4D layering surrounds visitors, putting them right in the midst of the fight. Gallery Five, ‘People of the Siege’: Life-size sculptural representations of eight key characters involved including army generals who led the attack and defense. The sculptures are abstract in form and use modern materials to create body shapes supported by audio for each figure to aid the storytelling. Gallery Six, ‘The Fabric of Athlone’: Here visitors come to understand the town over the last 200 years in terms of trade, commerce, politics and religion. There are modern reflections of life in Athlone told through...

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