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. Although some Irish castles have a storybook look, Athlone is much more businesslike: It's a stout and sturdy place of battle. The most famous engagement fought there took place in 1690, when a Catholic army loyal to James II retreated to Athlone after being defeated at ... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide.
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