I visited the castle and would say was really interesting! You discover the different phases of construction and a bit more about Athenry history! The video shown was really nice and informing about the full area around Athenry! It gave me many new ideas of cities to visit!
Three of us stumbled upon the castle on a cold windy Sunday morning. Our Heritage card allowed for free access. The staff member on duty spent the next hour plus with us responding to questions on history, military tactics, and a variety of other topics. The castle is well maintained. You could spend 30 minutes or 2.5 hours as we...
We went there as it lies just by the highway from Galway to Dublin.
The castle does not have many things to see - it's basically an empty building. It has been restored and the 20 mins video was a good introductory of the history, but actually the abandoned abbey and church within 10 mins walk outside of the castle...
There's not much in Athenry for the Tourist, although the local bars and cafes are great as you might expect.
This Castle was restored recently and is definitely worth a look around. There's a 20 minute video at the end and you can soak up all the history of the region.