Project Description

Athlone Castle; Where History Comes Alive

Positioned near the centre of Ireland, Athlone has been at the heart of Irish history for millennia.  From its earliest origins, innovation and change have swept up the River Shannon and made Athlone a key crossing point and frontier. From the hunter-gatherers and first farmers who used Athlone as a ford in the distant prehistoric past, to the armies of King William who brought a new social order to Irish life, Athlone has been integral to the story of Ireland.  A visit to Athlone Castle allows you to walk in the footsteps of kings, presidents, soldiers and generals as you explore tales of bitter battles fought, territories won and lost, and tales of bravery and sacrifice.


Project Brief

We were delighted to work with Athlone Castle in 2016, when Abarta Heritage were awarded the contract to produce a multilingual audio guide experience with an audio hardware system for the castle, along with an accompanying smartphone app.  The project was funded through the Ireland’s Ancient East Capital Grants Scheme by Fáilte Ireland.

We worked alongside staff in the castle to weave stories, facts and history together, into an accessible, informative and enjoyable visitor experience.  We provided the content on high-quality, reliable and user-friendly handheld devices and translated the stories into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese (Mandarin), to ensure visitors from all around the world can enjoy the remarkable stories of Athlone.

Athlone Castle Ireland's Ancient East
  • Visit the Athlone Castle Website

  • Athlone Castle Opening Times:

    January, February, November and December: Wednesday–Saturday 11:00–17:00, Sunday 12:00–17:00
    June – August: OPEN 7 DAYS: Monday–Saturday 10:00–18:00, Sunday 11:00–18:00
    March – May and September – October: Tuesday–Saturday 10:30–17:30, Sunday 11:30–17:30

    Open on Bank Holidays from March – October from 12:00.

    Last admission one hour prior to closing.

  • Athlone Castle Address:

    Athlone Castle Visitor Centre, Castle Street, Athlone, County Westmeath.

  1. 01 Introduction to Athlone Castle Abarta Heritage 2:17
  2. 02 Exploring Athlone's Past Abarta Heritage 6:34
  3. 03 Athlone Castle's First 400 Years Abarta Heritage 7:44
  4. 04 The Path To War Abarta Heritage 3:41
  5. 05 The Great Siege of Athlone Abarta Heritage 6:43
  6. 06 People of the Siege Abarta Heritage 5:39