You won't have to look far to find Athlone's main attraction: Its castle—dating from the 1200s—squats alongside the River Shannon right in the middle of this Irish town 70 mi/115 km west of Dublin, guarding a strategic crossing. The tourist information office is housed in the gatehouse. The castle ramparts offer nice views of the river and of the old, twisting streets that lie along the west bank of the Shannon. Several restaurants and pubs can be found there, including a pub named Sean's, said ... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide.
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