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The county town of Westmeath, Athlone, is the Midlands' largest town and a great place to base yourself while exploring the region. The River Shannon splits this former garrison town in two, with most businesses and services sitting on its eastern bank. In the shadow of Athlone Castle, the western bank is an enchanting jumble of twisting streets, colourfully painted houses, historic pubs and antique shops.

Explore Athlone


Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Athlone.

Top experiences

Whether it’s a guided tour of a historic landmark, private tasting of local delicacies, or an off-road adventure — explore the best experiences in Athlone.