Athlone lies in the heart of Ireland’s spectacular Lake District, to the south of the tranquil Lough Ree (Lake of the Kings) and on the lively banks of the River Shannon. Surrounded by calm waterways, Athlone has a unique location straddling the counties of Roscommon and Westmeath, making it a great base for exploring Ireland’s midlands, as well as soaking up the town’s culture and history.
The medieval town is small enough to navigate by foot and the many pubs, shops and restaurants are just a five minute walk from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone. The hotel is also close to Athlone Bridge, which was historically the main link between east and west and leads to the Norman Castle on the Left Bank. The castle offers a wonderful insight into Athlone’s character and is a good place to get a feel for its history. Today a lot of the town’s activity happens on the shores of the River Shannon, which is a magnet for fun and relaxation. During the day people stroll happily along the riverbank through the colourful winding streets, taking in the friendly ambience, dipping in and out of shops and relaxing with a coffee to watch the world go by. As night falls the waterfront sparkles with colourful lights from the bars and restaurants and music beats and bounces gently across the water.
With so much water around it is no surprise that Athlone attracts those who love the Great Outdoors. Lough Ree is the place to get into some serious sailing, swimming, canoeing, or full day fishing but for those who enjoy an adventure with a little less of an adrenalin rush, there are the popular Viking boat cruises on the River Shannon. The Viking cruises tell the story of the Vikings arriving in Athlone and give visitors fantastic photo opportunities of the town from the water.
Athlone has always been a centre for meeting, trading and exchanging ideas and today it is still all about the people who live and work here - a genuine and vibrant piece of the Emerald Isle waiting to be explored.
Make reservations at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone to experience stunning River Shannon views, upscale amenities and a convenient location near transportation and an array of attractions. Our 128 fully equipped rooms and suites allow you to feel right at home, while a casual bar and a stylish restaurant make dining choices easy. Superior added services like on-site fitness centre and stunning wedding location make this hotel in Athlone a premier choice.
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