Local Attractions

Discover Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.There is so much to do and see here in the midlands, and Glasson Lakehouse is the best base! From castles, museums, art galleries, gorgeous shops, quaint villages and more. Talk to our friendly team for plenty of local recommendations and inside tips.



Athlone Castle
Athlone Castle Visitor Museum in the centre of town and overlooking the mighty Shannon river. This 13th century Norman castle museum relates the history of the castle, the town and surrounding areas in an interactive manner.



Lough Boora Discovery Park
Located about 30km from Athlone this reclaimed peat bog has a beautiful visitor centre and restaurant. It has extensive walking and cycling trails on flat terrain with reasonably priced bike hire for all ages. Play areas, picnic benches, a fairy trail and sculpture trail. A great day out for all ages.



Athlone Viking Ship Cruises
Departing several times daily from the quayside near Athlone Castle this Viking Longboat tours Lough Ree as well as visiting Clonmacnoise with stop off and pick up from these sites.



Clonmacnoise Monastery
21km from Athlone, this early Christian site features the ruins of a cathedral, two round towers, three stunningly intricate High Crosses and seven Churches to name but some of its appeal. Located on the River Shannon, it has also been visited by Pope John Paul.