Are you looking for a romantic escape destination? You can’t go far wrong with Athlone, the most romantic town in Ireland, according to The Post.
In truth, Athlone’s diverse range of local attractions makes the town an excellent choice for couples of all ages, no matter their interests.
Visit the stunning parks, uncover the secrets of the ancient buildings and settlements, or make the most of the town’s lively bars. You’ll also have the option of scenic boat tours and adrenaline-pumping adventure centres. Also, the area boasts over 50 local attractions meaning there’s always something to do.
If it’s your first couple’s break in Athlone, or you’re just keen to learn about some fun things to do, read our itinerary below!
Athlone Three-Day Couples Break Itinerary | Day One
Arrive at the Hodson Bay Hotel and check in. Explore the hotel’s amenities, including the leisure centre, spa, bar, and restaurant.
In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll together at Yew Point Estate – a scenic five-kilometre lakeshore walk adjacent to the hotel. Explore the ancient Irish woodland, admire the surroundings, or find a hidden spot in the eastern forest to take in the magnificent views of the lake.
Afterwards, head back to the hotel for a romantic meal at the award-winning L’Escale Restaurant. Finish the evening with cocktails at the Waterfront Bar, where you can watch the sunset over the glistening waters of Lough Ree.
Athlone Three-Day Couples Break Itinerary | Day Two
Enjoy a hearty Full Irish Breakfast with cold food options to start the day off right before boarding a boat taxi from the hotel’s doorstep — exit at Athlone Castle, built during the 12th century, where visitors can learn the history of the town and its surrounding areas.
Afterwards, head across the road to the Luan Art Gallery to view some beautiful exhibitions. Then make your way to Sean’s Bar, the oldest pub in Ireland, for a pint of Guinness.
Finish the evening with dinner at L’Escale Restaurant.
Athlone Three-Day Couples Break Itinerary | Day Three
Start the day with another delicious breakfast before walking out to the pier at Hodson Bay Hotel to enjoy the stunning view.
Then why not visit Gleendeer Pet Farm? It’s an excellent place for animal lovers who want to enjoy some lighthearted fun with their partner in the great outdoors.
Afterwards, head to Athlone Town Centre to buy some gifts to remember your time at the Bay. Athlone Town Centre is the midland’s premier shopping destination, featuring big-name brands like Zara and M&S. While you’re there, we recommend visiting Harvest Café for a cup of coffee and a tasty pastry.
Finish the day off with a walk through the abandoned medieval town of Rindoon, built in the early 13th century. The town was once one of the most important settlements in the area. It’s a must-see for anyone with an interest in Irish history.
Finish the day with drinks and food at the Waterfront bar.