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.
24 March – 6 November 2022
Daily 09:30- 18:00
Last admission 17:15
Seasonal Opening Times
- 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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