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Athenry Castle

An emblem of Norman lordship

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Athenry Castle

An emblem of Norman lordship

See all opening times

Site Closed

Closed for the season from 05 November 2020.

Admission

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Free Admission until 31/12/2020

Getting here

Athenry
Co. Galway
H65 WP93

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Trip Advisor

4.5

Athenry Castle

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.

Opening Times

Thursday – Monday Inclusive 10:00 – 17:00

Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Average Length of Visit: 1 Hour.

Seasonal Opening Times

26 March – 30 September

Thursday – Monday Inclusive

10:00 – 17:00

1 October – 4 November

Thursday – Monday Inclusive

10.00 – 17.00

Notice

SITE MAY CLOSE FOR LUNCH, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF GUIDES

OPEN: GROUNDS AND BASEMENT ONLY, MAXIMUM VISITORS- 40 ON SITE, 10 IN BASEMENT.

SOCIAL DISTANCING ADHERED TO THROUGHOUT THE SITE WITH SEPARATE EXIT/ENTRANCE

NO PUBLIC TOILETS ON SITE

Contact

Athenry
Co. Galway
H65 WP93

091 844797

Getting Here

Located in the centre of Athenry town

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Facilities

  • Audio Description
  • Brochure
  • Car park
  • Guided tours
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground

Restrictions

  • Hold hand rail
  • Limited Access
  • No toilet facilities
  • Open: Grounds and Basement only
  • Uneven walkways

Social Guide

Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Athenry Castle. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Athenry Castle.

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