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

  •   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
  •   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

    Cailleach79
    11/01/2019
  •   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

    LeitrimRusty
    10/30/2019
  •   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

    F497BMbrianh
    10/29/2019
  •   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

    533glynb
    10/19/2019
  •   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

    EdgarGaines
    10/18/2019
  •   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

    Alison R
    10/11/2019
  •   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

    KevinR2151
    10/09/2019
  •   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

    victorialex13
    9/25/2019
  •   We always try to look in on the visitor centre when we are in Ireland, but this time we booked in on the tour they arrange of some of the... read more

    HawkofMay
    9/18/2019