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Stay at the Athlone Springs in Westmeath and you are right bang in the centre of Ireland. This area just oozes with history. The Athlone Springs is on the edge of town in Monksland- a short drive from the town centre with its historic castle, art galleries, independent shops and Sean’s- the oldest pub in Ireland.

The hotel itself is 4 star, with a very good leisure centre and is an increasingly popular wedding venue in Westmeath thanks to consistently good service, great food and super comfortable accommodation. The dedicated wedding co-ordinator and their enthusiastic team pull out all the stops from the planning to the celebration itself- including Civil ceremonies and Partnerships, Humanist Ceremonies and Blessings. Not for nothing was it awarded Top Rated Wedding Venue in Roscommon for 2021.

The Athlone Springs Hotel has been listed in the Georgina Campbell Ireland Guide since 2021, which is a merit-based, independently-assessed award from one of the country’s premier hospitality guides. Good food is a given here, with an emphasis on generous portions, local produce and crowd-pleasing offerings. The service matches the quality of the food with trained staff who know how important a warm welcome and attention to detail are.

If you are searching for things to do in Athlone, you won’t be short of options. The Anglo-Norman 13th century castle is an absolute must. The state-of-the-art visitor centre is very interactive. You can lift up a cannonball, wield a sword and even play outdoor chess on the roof. The links to the Battle of the Boyne and the Great Siege in 1697 are fascinating.

On rainy days, the Drum Heritage Centre tells the story of the area as far back as the time when medieval monks lived in the Romanesque monastery up to the Great Famine and the restoration of St Brigid’s Holy Well in 1990.

The hotel is an excellent base for exploring other Hidden Heartland gems such as the Luan Gallery, Glendeer Pet Farm, a Viking boat tour on the Shannon or the Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum. All are within striking distance of the Athlone Springs where you can come back to, relax over drinks and dinner in the Cedar Brasserie and Bistro while looking forward to a very comfortable sleep in a spacious, contemporary room with smart TV and wi-fi.

A pre-breakfast swim or workout at the Zen Fitness and Leisure Club will set you up for the day. Access is complimentary during your staycation. If you are travelling with children, rest assured that this hotel in Westmeath is known for being very family-friendly. The little people are treated as honoured guests by staff who understand that parents also want to have a stress-free meal.

If the weather is fine, there are few places nicer to eat than the outdoor Secret Garden. The menu is an appetising mix of burgers, bites, bowls, loaded fries and sides as well as some sweet treats. The twinkling lights after dark make it feel like a hidden oasis.

The Athlone Springs Hotel in Westmeath is much more than the sum of its parts. From the standard of the food and accommodation to the location, service and things to do, it is the perfect place to book for a wedding, a mid-term break or staycation.

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