A Day At Rathcroghan

The Rathcroghan experience comprises of a visit to our award-winning interpretive rooms, where visitors explore the rich archaeological and historical past of Connacht’s prehistoric royal capital, Cruachan Aí. Explore how our Iron Age and Medieval ancestors dressed, what they ate, where and how they lived and what they believed in. Relive the tales and folklore of the Warrior Queen Medb and Ireland’s national epic the Táin Bó Cuailnge .

Our interpretative rooms are home to the Óenach  Cruachain exhibition, 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.

From here, visitors can explore the uniquely preserved archaeological landscape of Rathcroghan. Begin with an introduction to Medieval Tulsk before travelling out the Slighe Assail to Connacht’s Royal Site. Here you will be regaled with the tales of Ancient Ireland, on the landscape where they took place. Your expert guide will interpret the scientific surveys conducted on these monuments in order to bring Ireland’s hidden past back to life.

You will climb to the top of the majestic Rathcroghan Mound and survey your kingdom of Machaire Connacht. Then test yourself with a journey down through the ‘gates of hell’ and into the bowels of the earth at Oweynagat, (for those who dare!).

A trip to Ireland’s Otherworld is guaranteed to whet your appetite, and what better way to satisfy your hunger and thirst than to have a meal fit for a queen (or a king), at our award winning Táin Café. With your hunger sated you can lose yourself upon our specialist book and craft shop, featuring numerous locally produced publications and unique craft objects, to bring home an exclusive memento of your experience.

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Visitor Reviews

  •   We travelled to Rathcroghan in a group of eight from Tour Guiding course in Dublin.
    We all knew about the Royal site at Tara and Newgrange but we were... read more

    helenfX8613RW
    3/21/2020
  •   This was a great tour...highly recommended. Would love to return with some friends. Well done tour guide.

    raynasura
    3/07/2020
  •   If you are in the West you must visit Rathcroghan and take the tour led by the mighty Mike, who brings this unique place alive with his depth of knowledge.... read more

    SarahO855YE
    3/02/2020
  •   Great tour into our medieval past and very informative tour guide Daniel Great value for Money lovely cafe and visitors center Overall a great day out

    frankdV9587MZ
    2/06/2020
  •   The tour guide we had was Daniel Curley and he was brilliant. He made sure to answer all of the questions we had and was very helpful to our little... read more

    devsc232
    2/06/2020
  •   The museum is really excellent, there is a very interesting exhibition on the history of the site and the landscape. There are two films, one explains the archaeology of the... read more

    ArchaeologistD
    1/11/2020
  •   Really interesting tour. Mike the guide was really enthusiastic and knowledgable. Fantastic value for money as tour lasted over 2 hours. Great way to break a drive west or to... read more

    84gerryc
    1/03/2020
  •   The site is incredibly brought to life by Mike's thorough and entertaining knowledge, incredible centre this place is of history and myth. Left with a sense of connection to the... read more

    MarthaSK
    12/06/2019
  •   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

    Christa N
    11/16/2019
  •   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

    Ann H
    11/06/2019