Guided Walking Tours of Athlone





What is Athlone Guided Tours?

Taking place every Saturday at 11am, Athlone Guided Tours are an eco-friendly, Covid compliant walking tour suitable for visitors and locals alike.

The tour encompasses oral history, folklore, memories, famous residents, landmarks and placenames throughout the history of Athlone.

The group tour, led by an enthusiastic local guide, is guaranteed to be the right mix of educational, fun and memorable!

Book Your Tour Online

Walk-ups are welcome, but we advise booking your tour slot in advance to ensure your place and reduce cash handling by prepaying online.

Eco-Friendly Tours

Cut down your carbon footprint by taking our eco-friendly walking tour. It's a benefit to both the environment and your general health!

Share Your Pics

We love to see photos of Athlone, especially taken during our tours! Be sure to tag us on your social media posts so we can engage!

Some of the stops on your tour include...

Athlone Castle

Standing proudly on the banks of the Shannon, Athlone Castle has withstood military bombardments, lightning explosions and council demolition plans over its fascinating 800-year history.

Sean's Bar

Founded in 900AD, Sean's Bar the oldest pub in Europe...and possibly the World! Learn more about the bar's colourful past and how the settlement of Athlone can be linked back to the original innkeeper.

Old Town Wall & Landmarks

Dating from the 13th & 17th Century, significant sections of Athlone's Eastern town walls, defensive bastions and tower remain standing to this day. Learn how the old walled town remains interwoven within the streetscape and place names of modern day Athlone.

Private Tours Welcome!

Tours for private groups can be catered for on other days of the week, subject to availability.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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When/Where does the tour start?

The tour begins at the front of Athlone Castle, beside the Market Square every Saturday morning at 11.30am. Car parking can be found on Market Square, as well as Main Street and Barrack Street.

How much is the tour?

The Walking Tour costs €10 per person, Kids are free of charge and do not need to be included in the booking. Concessions can be made for large groups or volunteer groups.

How long does the tour last?

The Walking tour lasts between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes, this can vary depending on various factors such as weather, questions and walking speed of our guests.

Are tours held on other days?

Regular tours take place on Saturdays at 11.30am. At special request, tours for larger groups can be catered for on days and times outside of this, depending on availability. If you would like to book a group tour, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Can I show up without booking?

Walk-ups are welcome, but dependant on availability. To ensure your spot on the tour, and to reduce cash handling, we always recommend guests to pre-book and pre-pay online to confirm your place. There is a limit on the amount of guests we can bring and we don't want to leave anybody behind!

How much walking is involved?

The tour starts at Athlone castle and visits various locations in Athlone, including the Strand, the Civic Square and Athlone's Latin Quarter.

The tour is roughly 3,000 steps or 2.3km in length, so bring your walking shoes!

Meet your Tour Guide!

Vincent is a native of Cornafulla, Athlone. Having recently retired as postmaster of Cornafulla Post Office, Vincent has turned his interests in the history of Athlone into a passion to share with visitors and locals alike.

Vincent Harney

Athlone Guided Tours

Athlone Guided Tour Reviews

We ask all our Tour guests to leave us a review on Facebook, Google or Trip Advisor and recommend us to a friend! We thank you sincerely for your support.

Fantastic walking tour of Athlone!

Breda D via Facebook
Its rich history was vividly brought to life by Vincent in a truly engaging manner. Tour is Family friendly, would highly recommend it to all.

We had fun and learned a lot!

Brian J via TripAdvisor

Had a great experience on a walking tour with Vincent. I recommend his beautiful riverside tour to anyone who wants to get to know Athlone.

I reallly recommend this tour

Olive R via Google
The guide is very knowledgeable yet provides life stories and entertainment. Athlone has a great history which is brought to life.

Professional, Engaging and Authentic

Gareth D via TripAdvisor
A very enjoyable tour with Vincent (a local!) is steeped in the town. Tour will suit children, older people, natives of the area and tourists. Well worth it!

Why not join us next Saturday!

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