Weekend Breaks to Athlone
Planning a short break to Athlone? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Athlone. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Athlone. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Athlone on a Short Break
For a refreshing of the soul visit this island that is conveniently linked to the mainland by a causeway.Take your watercolour paints and brush to capture the vibrant birdlife and gentle reflections on water of this special place. In spring there are huge numbers of curlew, lapwing, and various species of wild duck that congregate here, making for a great rustling of wings and churning of waters.
Augustin Magaidrin was one of the cannons for which the islands was named; he was believed to possess great divine and worldly wisdom. He was the author of a manuscipt collection of the lives of Irish Saints, which is an important literary source for Irish writers.
When in Ireland you should visit one of the many sites that are famed for miraculous sightings or healings. Take a journey of pilgrimage to Monastic Settlement and Saint Brigid's Holy Well. The Visitor Centre has a display of that recounts the events which took place here.
Situated in Curryroe Drum, Athlone
Take a restfull cruise down the Shannon on the M.V. Ross, a passenger boat licenced to carry 60 passengers. Listen to the taped commentary on the surrounding scenery whilst moving leisurely down the river. The tour operates from the Jolly Mariner Marina, where you can enjoy refreshments at the bar or restaurant before - or after- your trip.
This grey and forbidding Norman Castle dominates the heart of the town in Saint Peters Square and once guarded the gateway to the West of Ireland. The visitors centre offers exhibitions and audio visual presentations on the history of the area and the siege of Athlone. Also of interest is the information on the wildlife of the Shannon area and the military museum.
The whole family will enjoy themselves at Athlone Leisure World, with a choice of astro-turf football, ten pin bowling, kiddies adventureland. For the keep fit fanatic there is a health and fitness club so that you can fit in a few aerobics classes. Athlone Leisure World offers bar and catering facilities as well, so there is no problem refuelling those empty tummies.
Immerse yourself in typical Irish arts and crafts at this folksy museum. Peruse the displays of unique handsome handthrown pottery, beautiful bog oak sculpture, hot handmade jewellery, wonderful woodcarvings, curvacious candles, sylphlike sculptures and numerous other creative crafts of the Irish.
Pick up an unique limited edition piece at the factory price- the perfect gift for that special person back home. The factory tour shows the delicate art of crystal designing and hand cutting of the beautiful full lead crystal. Marvel at the stunning collection of high quality pieces that have been lovingly crafted by the perfecters of the art. The factory is at 28 Pearse Street and admission is free of charge.
Fans will perhaps recognise this as the castle being on the front of the Unforgetable Fire Album. This castle is a fine example of the Gothic Revival style mock-castle, a style beloved of the Morrisons, Francis Johnston amongst others during the "folly" era of the 19th century. The name originates from the Irish name for the locality - Moidrome - Magh Droma, meaning "plain of the ridge".
This is an outing for the whole family that will especially delight small kids. This farmland is spread over six acres and has 56 species of birds and animals, lovely nature walks and restful picnic areas. During Christmas the theme is Santa- with Santa's reindeer and all the bells and whistles- make Christmas a time to remember for the children as they experience all the trappings of a "north Pole" Xmas!
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One for the Dads, especially those who love tinkering under the bonnet of the old jalopy. This museum focuses on transport, in particular automobiles (old ones!) and agricultural machinery of a byegone era.
Mom can put her feet up with a nice cup of coffee in the coffee shop.
Seans Bar - Bar or Club
The oldest pub according to the Guiness book of records. Traditional music and great atmosphere. Get in early though as it can get very busy.
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