Athlone Castle will extend its Visitor Centre openings hours for Culture Night 2020 on Friday 18th September and offer free admission from 5 to 7pm (last admission at 7pm) on a first-come-first-served basis and has organised online events and activities for those who cannot physically visit the site. Queueing lanes and a one-way system will be in place with the castle team ensuring adherence to government guidelines particularly with regard to the sanitising of hands, social distancing and visitor capacity numbers.
This year, Athlone Castle will focus on highlighting the story of the Great Siege of Athlone 1690-1691. The castle team will be on hand to engage with visitors as they explore the visitor centre and grounds and learn about the fierce battle that took place between the Jacobite and Williamite soldiers. Take home activity sheets will be available for families to keep the younger culture vultures entertained. An online activity and tour have been prepared for those who those who cannot visit the site on Culture Night. The tour and talk will highlight various weapons used during the Siege of Athlone and will be delivered by Athlone Castle’s Cultural Assistant, David Landers. A children’s activity prepared by Athlone Castle’s Cultural Officer Joanna Grobosz will outline ‘how to build a cannon’ with everyday materials and objects.
The tour and children’s activity will be available to view on the Athlone Castle social channels with further details and social channel links outlined on www.athlonecastle.ie.
Time: 5pm - 7pm
Features: Family friendly / Wheelchair accessible
Address: St Peter's Square, Athlone, County Westmeath, N37 A6D7
Phone: +353 90 6442130