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Athlone See & Do

Did you know?

  • The official centre of Ireland is located at Temple Island, which can be viewed from the windows at the Hodson Bay Hotel
  • Athlone is renowned for its fine dining, where numerous restaurants have been honoured with awards including Georgina Campbell, Fodor’s Choice, Irish Restaurant Awards,AA Restaurant Awards, the Bridgestone Guide, and many more!
  • The King of Connaught built Athlone’s first bridge in 1120
  • Ireland’s oldest public house – Sean’s Bar -  is located in the atmospheric Left Bank region of the town
  • Athlone, who’s Gaelic name means Town of the Ford  has historically been one of the key battlegrounds for control of the river Shannon over the centuries and the main  crossing point between East and West.
  • Treasures from the Viking era were discovered on the lake bed at Lough Ree which had been dropped overboard when the Monks at Clonmacnoise were fleeing from the Vikings
  • Ireland’s main radio transmitter was location at Athlone for several years, officially opened in 1933 by Taoiseach Eamon de Valera
  • The ‘Village of the Roses’ is located at Glasson, where Oliver Goldsmith hails from!

Our exceptional hotel location offers the perfect base to enjoy vibrant Athlone town and Ireland’s Lakelands. Along the picturesque shores of Lough Ree, our Athlone hotel is just a 5 minute drive - or a short boat ride- from the lively heart of Athlone Town, while at the same time boasting breath-taking views and calming surrounds to come back to. Read about the wealth of activities in Athlone and things to do in Westmeath and the Lakelands region:

Shopping Dining Entertainment Lakelands Activities
Treat yourself with over 70 of the biggest brands housed in the spectacular Athlone Towncentre Wander the intriguing & beautifully preserved Left Bank region of town which hosts some of the finest restaurants & cafes in the Lakeland’s region Visit Sean’s bar, the oldest bar in Ireland! Catch a traditional music session at one of Athlone’s many bars or cafes For those who like to breathe in the fresh air, take in a round of golf, boat trip, a visit to Clonmacnoise or Lough Key Forest Park. Read about our historical attractions and the most scenic walking routes

 

Come rain or shine, you will never be stuck for something to do in Athlone. Between sightseeing, outdoor activities, historical and cultural attractions you will be hard pressed to decide what to do with your time.

Take a trip over to Glasson village "Village of the Roses". Famous in the 1800s for its rose bloom and was home to Oliver Goldsmith one of the most important writers of the 18th century.

Take a step back in time and visit one the castles around the Athlone area the 12th century Portlick Castle located on the shores of Lough Ree or 13th century Athlone Castle located on the banks of the River Shannon in Athlone town.

There is something for everyone to see in the centre of Ireland. Explore visitor attractions, ancient monuments and museums located within a short driving distance from Athlone. Lockes Distillery in Kilbeggan home to Kilbeggan whiskey, the Claypipe visitor centre in Roscommon, Belvedere house and Gardens in Mullingar, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site and much much more.

There is even places for the kiddies Glendeer Pet Farm and Lough Key Forest Park both just a short distance from Hodson Bay Hotel.

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