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Church of Saints Peter and Paul

The Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Athlone is a beautiful Roman Catholic church. It is believed to have been built between 1932 and 1939 and is very famous for its stained glass windows. The church is in close vicinity to tourist attractions like Athlone Castle and is a very popular location.


Baysports is a water park in Athlone which is hugely popular with the visitors. This adventure water park floats over the waters of Lough Ree and has the best and one of the tallest water slides in the world as recorded in The Guinness Book of World Records. Visitors can undergo boat training as well as enjoy kayaking, paddling or just sliding down the huge inflatables.

Athlone Castle

Constructed in 1129 as a wooden fort, Athlone Castle became a Motte-and-Bailey in 1210. Also referred to as the Adamson Castle, some of the notable features here include the Sally Gate, gun and bow loops and many more. Reopened in 2012 after a refurbishment, the castle today has exhibition spaces with audio-visual equipment and 3D maps.

Glendeer Pet Farm

The Glendeer Pet Farm in Athlone is a favorite attraction for families having young kids. The farm has animals like llamas, turtles, goats and chickens to really cuddly guinea pigs, rabbits, that you can interact with. They also have play areas and picnic spots, beautiful walking trails, for families to enjoy a day of fun and excitement with furry friends.

Shannon Banks Nature Trail

Begining behind the Athlone Castle, Shannon Banks Nature Trail spans for approximately 5 kilometers (3 miles) long and is a serene and pleasant stroll. The trail has placards of the local flora and fauna found in the region and it makes for an adventurous experience to spot them.

Luan Gallery

The Luan Gallery in Athlone is a public art gallery that displays works of both national as well as international artists. The stunning and diverse displays of art and media change every couple of months, keeping the interest alive among visitors. The gallery plays a major role in promoting education through workshops, lectures and events and it is a splendid way to spend the day, lost in the world of art.

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