Power, Death and the Otherworld
Step back in time with a visit to our interpretive rooms, to see how our Iron Age and Medieval ancestors dressed, ate, lived and what they believed in.
Discover Rathcroghans part in our national epic, the Táin Bó Cúailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley), and Queen Medb’s struggle against the might of Cú Chulainn and the Ulaid (Ulstermen).
Rathcroghan Visitor Centre is currently home to Óenach Cruachain, a collection of thirty-five artefacts discovered within the mid-Roscommon landscape, previously residing in the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare St. Dublin and unavailable to public viewing. The collection represents the various aspects of the domestic, equestrian, feasting, ritual and at times, brutal lives of our ancestors.
Visitors are invited to explore our interactive exhibits and audio-visual presentations, bringing Ireland’s past and legends to life, before they embark on the guided tour.
To learn more of the myth and legend of the Sacred Capital of Connacht that is Rathcroghan, please visit our book and craft shop, where you will find a wealth of publications.
Our Interpretive rooms and visitor centre are open Mon – Sat from 9am to 5pm (all year round). *Last admission to our interpretive rooms is 4.30pm
Open Sundays 12pm – 4pm May – August
Open Bank Holidays 12pm – 4pm (all year round)
For group bookings, please complete the enquire now form.
I don't know why this place is not more famous, this is where the legendary Queen Maeve had her royal seat and where the saga of the Tain Bó Cuailnge... read more
- Janine R
A site not yet overcrowded, full of history and legends. would recommend it to everybody who is interested in all the legends about the queen of connaught. we did the... read more
The most interesting and very entertaining tour of beautiful fields rocks and ruins . Mike the tour guide was so entertaining knowledgeable and passionate about the area. Would highly recommend... read more
The trip was absolutely fantastic. I cannot applaud Mike (tour guide) enough for his energy and information. His presentation was poetic, informative, factbased and also referenced An Táin as well... read more
- Kathy C
We stayed at Anne's B & B in Tulsk after visiting the Irish National Famine Museum in Strokestown. Anne directed us to the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre and suggested we... read more
The Rathcroghan Visitor Centre has a wonderful exhibition. It was very helpful and informative for the research I'm doing. They have a case with artifacts from the National Museum of... read more
Guide Mike was an unending source of knowledge and realism. Made history not just interesting but really fascinating. Did the tour, at the end of which a man from RTE... read more
The visitor center has awesome displays and local information, as well as a cute gift shop and a restaurant. Our guided tour was led by Daniel and I'm convinced there's... read more
I visited both the visitor center and the royal site and neither disappointed. Daniel, our guide and the manager of the visitor center, was incredibly knowledgeable and a very engaging... read more
- Katrine D
The tour at Rathcroghan was an excellent experience! We didn’t know very much about Ireland’s past and the guide helped us understand much more about the how we know (or... read more