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.
- Christa N
Standing on the site of such an important and pivotal place in Ireland's ancient history was a humbling experience. Add to that the incredible care taken by the knowledgeable ... read more
- Ann H
The visitors center here is built with nothing but what tourists can buy. However, the food and gift shop was quite good. It was a good place to relax after... read more
Visited this interpretive centre and site on the way back from Sligo. Very impressed with the centre - it is small but very well designed and has something for... read more
My husband, 3 and 5 year old visited Rathcroghan visitor centre last Saturday. We had a fantastic day there. The centre itself has a nicely sized museum with lots of... read more
Excellent tour with Mike our guide highly recommended went down into the cave of cats the birthplace of Halloween. Superb stories so well told managed to keep my 6 and... read more
Tuesday morning. We had a wonderful Irish breakfast at the lovely cafe in the centre. I booked the guided tour for 12 noon the next day. Arrived at 11.30 am... read more
We spent several hours with our guide, Elaine, who was incredibly knowledgeable about Celtic history and folklore. It was fun to begin our trip to Ireland by learning so much... read more
- Alison R
This Visitors Centre is a real find for anyone interested in the Celts and the Iron Age or generally any aspect of Ireland's rural heritage. I was so impressed with... read more
This site is nominated as a Unesco World Heritage Site for a reason. This is the epicenter of the greatest oral epic in Irish History - Ireland's equivalent of the... read more
Our visit to Rathcroghan combined myth, history and archeology to provide a wonderful appreciation of this exceptional site. Our guide, Mike, gave us a lively account of the Táin and... read more