Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
Clonmacnoise is an early Christian site founded by Saint Ciaran in the 6th century. It includes the ruins of a cathedral, eight churches (10th-13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and a large collection of early Christian grave slabs. The original high crosses and grave slabs are on display in the Visitor Centre. There is an audio-visual show as well as a number of exhibitions.
This Norman Castle dominates the town centre and commands the traditional gateway to the West of Ireland. Features exhibitions and audio visual presentations on the siege of Athlone, John Count McCormack, River Shannon wildlife and history with folk and military museums. Tearooms and Tourist Information Office on location. The Castle is now a focal point for tourism and visitors and it features exhibitions and audio visual presentations.
Shopping in Athlone
Athlone is an excellent shopping destination located in the centre of Ireland. Athlone is easily accessed by rail and road and the bus and train station is located in Athlone Town Centre only minutes walk from all the main retail outlets and shopping centres. Centrally located car parking facilities also provide extra convenience for shopper's needs in congested areas. Three centrally located and easily accessible shopping centres provide a quality shopping experience in the centre of Ireland; the new Athlone Towncentre and Golden Island Shopping Centre and the Texas Shopping Centre.
Golf in Athlone
Athlone is the most centrally located town in Ireland and is an ideal accommodation base for golfers and their partners or friends. It offers quality accommodation options, fantastic restaurants, a real hearty welcome and great craic in the local pubs. It is only 45 mins from the K Club, venue of The Ryder Cup 2006. Athlone is home to Athlone Golf Club, a superb 18-hole parkland course bounded on three sides by picturesque Lough Ree, the Christy O' Connor designed Championship Golf Course, Glasson Golf & Country Club and the traditional Championship golf course of Mount Temple Golf Club.
There are several other courses within a short distance, namely ;
|Golf Course||Course Type||Distance|
|Athlone Golf Club||Parkland, 18 Hole||4.0 km|
|Glasson Golf Club||Parkland, 18 Hole||8.0 km|
|Moate Golf Club||Parkland, 18 Hole||10.0 km|
|Mount Temple Golf Club||Parkland, 18 Hole||10.0 km|
|Ballinasloe Golf Club||Parkland, 18 Hole||13.0 km|
|Roscommon Golf Club||Parkland, 18 Hole||17.0 km|
|Esker Hills Golf Club||Parkland, 18 Hole||28.0 km|
|Tullamore Golf Club||Parkland, 18 Hole||27.0 km|
|Birr Golf Club||Parkland, 18 Hole||30.0 km|
|Mullingar Golf Club||Parkland, 18 Hole||34.0 km|
Water Activities in Athlone
Athlone's position on the River Shannon at the foot of Lough Ree provides the ideal location for water and leisure enthusiasts. Guided boat-trips of Lough Ree and cruising the River Shannon are popular during the summer season.