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Athenry Castle

An emblem of Norman lordship

17 March - 5 November 2023

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Athenry Castle

An emblem of Norman lordship

17 March - 5 November 2023

See all opening times


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


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Co. Galway
H65 WP93

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Athenry Castle

Guarding a strategic ford on the Clareen River is the imposing Athenry Castle. The dramatic three-storey hall-keep survives from the mid-thirteenth century. It is solidly impressive from the outside. The interior consists of a substantial basement, the Great Hall and attic with a modern addition on the third floor being the audio-visual room where a 20-minute film of the castles history provides visitors with a detailed appreciation of the castle’s long history.

The fine carvings at the entrance to the Great Hall 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, which is unique in Irish castles.

The battlements are original 13th century and the deep cruciform arrow loops offered defenders protection against various attackers across the centuries. Visitors come to Athenry Castle to soak up the authentic atmosphere of medieval power that the mighty fortress still exudes. Being the centrepiece of one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Ireland, Athenry Castle will offer the visitor a comprehensive medieval experience.

Opening Times

17 March – 5 November 2023

Daily 09:30- 18:00

Last admission 17:15

Seasonal Opening Times


Co. Galway
H65 WP93

091 844797

Getting Here

Located in the centre of Athenry town

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


  • Dogs on lead
  • 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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