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History Athlone

Athlone is a beautiful small town located right at the heart of Ireland. The name Athlone came from 'Ath' which means the crossing or ford and 'Luain', which is derived as the ford of Luain.Athlone's ford was strategically very important, because the Shannon (southern Athlone) is not passable until Shanon meets Esker Riada which is known as Clonmacnoise.During the 12th century, a bridge was developed crossways down the river. Towards the last part of 12th century, Anglo-Normans built a fortification named motte-and-bailey here. However, it was outmoded by a structure made of stone built by John Gray in 1210. The donjon date that has 12 sides also was built during this period. During the 16th century Irish Confederate War, the small town was detained by the troops of the Irish Confederate till it was overtaken by Charles Coote in 1650. During Athlone's 1st battle in the year of 1690, Colonel Richard Grace's Jacobite forces resisted an attack of 10,000 troops of Commander Douglas. In the subsequent year Athlone saw further assault when it was seized by the men of King William III and ultimately prevailed. Athlone was proposed as Ireland's capital city in the 'Eire Nua programme.

Weather Athlone

The weather in Athlone can be described as generally cold, as it in Ireland. The lowest temperatures may go up 30C and the highest may go up to 210C as well. The best time to visit Athlone is during the summers which are the months of May and October, though in October you may feel a bit chilly.

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Best Athlone

Situated right in the heartland of Ireland, Athlone is a town of great historical importance with several World Heritage sites. Although for greater part of the past centuries, it was basically a rural market town. However, recent developments have transformed Athlone for the betterment and it now is a commercial and industrial hub of Ireland. Finest sights of Athlone include Athlone Castle, this Castle dominates Athlone. It was built in the 13th century and in 1691, it was vital to the cordon of Athlone. It was the headquarters of Connachts president from 1569 to 1672. Clonmacnoise Monastic Site is the remains of Clonmacnoise, an ancient ecclesiastical place located in the southern part of Athlone, they are of the most broad and extensive of their kind within Ireland. Manager Locke's Distillery Museum; it is located just outside Athlone but it is worth going there. It is presumed to be the most ancient licensed pot distillery of the world. It was licensed in the year 1557. It used to produce Irish whiskey of triple distilled for almost 200 years. Presently, it is unfortunately the last enduring example of small pot still distillery inside Ireland. Thus one must go ad visit this place to get a glimpse of ancient culture.

Eating Drinking Athlone

There are a huge number of quality restaurants inside Athlone that serve great local and Internationalcuisine catering to the needs of natives as well as tourists. Restaurants that deserves to be mentioned are Hatters Lane; it is situated on Athlone's east-bank right beside the pub of Gertie Browne. It has a very warm atmosphere and offers a wide range of wine. The foods are mainly of African type. Wineport Lakeshore is located on the inner lakes of the beautiful Lough Ree. It serves only dinner and serves lunch only on Sunday. Its specialities include interesting and innovative, unique range of wines, Tee Bird, Special Group and early evening menus. It also has special accommodation for parties or conferences of around 100 guests. Row Inn Row is a restaurant that serves traditional Chinese delicacies and cuisines. So for Chinese food lovers, this is the place to be in. Glasson Village Restaurant as it claims to be the finest seafood restaurant of Ireland and has a great variety of menus to select from. Moreover, it also offers live oysters and lobsters from the restaurants fish tank. Apart from these, other popular names include Restaurant Le Chateau, The Olive Grove, Left Bank Bistro and Purple Onion. Athlone is located in the right in the heart of Ireland. For centuries, it was pretty much a rural market town but recently has developed into a commercial and industrial capital. With a population of around 35000, it hosts several World Heritage Sites, visitor attractions, cycling, walking, and driving trails within the town's 30 mile radius. Athlone has become an ideal place for touring and a favourite among European visitors due to its location right in the middle of Ireland and its easy accessibility. It is home to mesmerizing historical sites as well as recently built tourist attraction spots. To name a few of the attractions

Night-Life Athlone

Athlone is located in the right in the heart of Ireland. For centuries, it was kind of a rural market town but recently has developed into a commercial and industrial capital. With a population of around 35000, it hosts several World Heritage Sites inside its 30 mile radius. It is home to the most mesmerizing historical sites as well as recently built tourist attraction spots. However, Athlone is not a great for those who love to party late at night or have a blast in nightclubs amidst vibrant music and atmosphere. Athlone has around 300 pubs all around the town and 2 bars. But it basically has no pure nightclub solely dedicated to clubbers who want to party late into the night, have some drinks and move to the dance tunes. The pubs and bars are pretty good for getting a round or two of wines and whiskeys. Popular ones include-Dog & DuckIt is considered to be among the best bars of the Midlands. It has great live music and a buzzing atmosphere to enthral its audience. Sean's bar is regarded as the oldest or perhaps one of the most ancient of all bars in the whole of Britain.

Shopping Athlone

Athlone has become an ideal place for touring and a favourite among European visitors due to its location right in the middle of Ireland and its easy accessibility. It is home to mesmerizing historical sites as well as recently built tourist attraction spots. Moreover, new shopping complexes are being built which offer every kind of goods that the locals or visitors could ask for. These shopping centres and complexes are bringing a new dimension in the shopping scenario of Athlone as well as in the whole of the Midlands. Athlone these days are pretty much known as the commercial and retail hub of this part of the region. There are quiet a few shopping complexes now in Athlone. The most popular of them are- the Golden Island shopping complex, Athlone shopping centre etc. The Golden Island complex has almost 2000 stores that provide everything that the town dwellers ask for. From everyday goods to souvenirs, from food to cloths to jewellery, they have it all. These centres are also in a close proximity and can be reached by taxis or buses or even by walking. So visitors do not have to cover a lot of miles to reach their shopping destination.

Disabled visitors Athlone

Situated right in the heartland of Ireland, Athlone is a town of great historical importance with several World Heritage sites. Although for greater part of the past centuries, it was basically a rural market town. However, recent developments have transformed Athlone for the betterment and it now is a commercial and industrial hub of Ireland. Athlone has become an ideal place for touring and a favourite among European visitors due to its location right in the middle of Ireland and its easy accessibility. It is home to mesmerizing historical sites as well as recently built tourist attraction spots. However, sometimes visiting places can be a hassle when disabled friends or family members also accompany. In Athlone, there are a couple of renowned chain hotels that have some rooms in offer that are specially built and designed for disabled or physically challenged tourists. Along with the rooms, the toilets are also designed keeping them in mind and are developed with special facilities. However, most of the visiting spots of Athlone are primarily historical sights and were created many centuries ago. These sights thus cannot be changed or renovated to create wheelchair facilities. Thus, it might not be possible for those with wheelchairs to visit those sites.