You might be wondering if Athlone, one of the larger towns in Ireland's Midlands is worth visiting. We spent a week in Athlone over the summer. While Athlone Town is fairly low key, you'll find that Athlone is a great home base for exploring Ireland's Hidden Heartlands. What are the top things to do in Athlone and nearby
? Grab a pint or a nip of whiskey at Sean's Bar, the oldest pub in Ireland. Go boating on Lough Ree. Visit Clonmacnoise, one of the earliest Christian monastic sites in Ireland. Pay a visit to nearby towns such as Roscommon, Birr, Tullamore, and Kilbeggan.