Despite its small size, the Irish town of Athenry has interesting ruins, such as a 13th century castle and a choice of accommodations, including hotels and a bed and breakfast. If you prefer to stay in a more metropolitan area, Galway City is only 14 miles away and is connected to Athenry by train and a direct main road. You can walk into central Athreny from its three hotels to enjoy traditional Irish pubs and experience Irish country life without worrying about having one Guinness too many.
Raheen Woods Hotel
Raheen Woods is Athenry's largest and most modern hotel. The hotel sits just outside of the town and can be reach after a five-minute walk. A service that sets this hotel apart is its dedication to helping visitors enjoy some of the area's activities. If you want to go horseback riding in Galway's countryside or play golf in the early morning Irish mist, the hotel will arrange tee or riding times at one of several local facilities. On top of the standard room amenities, the hotel provides guests with free Wi-Fi Internet in its public areas and free access to the neighboring leisure center, where you can swim or work out. The hotel hosts regular entertainment, such as traditional Irish music and well-known Irish comedians. You also can take Irish dancing lessons at the hotel every Saturday.
The Castlegate Hotel is a small, traditional Irish village hotel with its own pub and beer garden. Despite its central location, the hotel provides guests with free parking. Another perk at Castlegate is free Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and a lounge with a fireplace, perfect for those rainy Irish days. Within walking distance of the hotel are Athenry's historic sights, including The Square, which houses the town's Arts and Heritage Center. At the center, you can view demonstrations of ancient weapons, take archery lessons and even dress up in period costumes.
New Park Hotel
The New Park Hotel offers a small number of comfortable guest rooms and has its own bar and restaurant. The bar serves a mixture of Irish beers along with an international selection of wines. Twice a week, visitors can enjoy live traditional Irish music by local Galway musicians. You can eat in the restaurant or try some "pub grub" in the bar.
If you'd like to stay on a working Irish farm, take a look at Caheroyan House and Farm. Caheroyan offers bed and breakfast accommodation in an early 19th century manor house and also has self-catering cottages. Guests can wander through the farm's 100 acres and see its eco-friendly farming practices, which includes organic produce and windmills. Among the farm's 100 acres, you will find 30 acres of woodland to explore, an ancient Ring Fort and a pond. If you prefer to stay somewhere more trendy but still within easy reach of Athenry, you will find plenty of hotels to suit your tastes in Galway City. Galway City has hotels with sea views, spas and central locations close to its vibrant nightlife and shops.
- Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland; 091-875-888
- Castlegate Hotel, Northgate St., Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland; 091-845-111
- New Park Hotel: Contact the New Park
- Caheroyan House and Farm, Athenry, Co. Galway; 091-844-858