Grounds, Castle Basement and Great Hall only, open daily.
Free Admission .
Site closed from 25 November 2021.
Guarding a strategic ford on the Clarinbridge River is the monumental bulk of Athenry Castle. The imposing three-storey hall-keep survives from the mid-thirteenth century. It is solidly impressive from the outside, although the interior was simply built, containing only a hall at first-floor level and dark storerooms below.
Despite the simplicity of the layout, fine carvings bear witness to the hall’s eminence. The doorway and two of the window openings are decorated with floral motifs in the remarkable local School of the West style. The battlements, through whose tall arrow-loops the castle was defended against various attackers across the centuries, are original.
Visitors come to Athenry Castle to soak up the authentic atmosphere of medieval power that the mighty fortress still exudes.
March – 6 October
Daily 9:30 – 18:00
Last admission 45 minutes before closing.
Average Length of Visit: 1 Hour.
Seasonal Opening Times
- 7 October -3 November
09:30 – 17:00
- 4 November - 24 November
09:30 – 16.00
SITE MAY CLOSE FOR LUNCH, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF GUIDES
OPEN: GROUNDS , BASEMENT AND GREAT HALL ONLY, MAXIMUM VISITORS- 40 ON SITE, 10 IN BASEMENT AND GREAT HALL.
SOCIAL DISTANCING ADHERED TO THROUGHOUT THE SITE WITH SEPARATE EXIT/ENTRANCE
NO PUBLIC TOILETS ON SITE
- Audio Description
- Car park
- Guided tours
- Picnic Area
- Hold hand rail
- Limited Access
- No toilet facilities
- Open: Grounds and Basement only
- Uneven walkways
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