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

  •   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
  •   Dissapointing, this was the worst visitor centre we have been in since we arrived. There was no access to the mound outside and the cave which was the reason we... read more

    LesGUk
    9/15/2019
  •   I'm delighted we took the day to head west to visit the Rathcrogan complex. The tour with Mike was excellent - a wonderful mix of archaeology, mythology and wisecracks. We... read more

    cmag85
    9/15/2019
  •   A friend of ours suggested we visit the site if possible, and after looking it up we opted to rework the second leg of our trip to make it here.... read more

    bluestjay
    9/13/2019
  •   Great food served by friendly staff who are delighted to share their extensive knowledge on Queen Maebh and other local history. I would highly recommend a visit.

    OTSligo
    9/08/2019
  •   What a great place! Started out with lunch there, and food and service was wonderful. After that we had a tour of the center, led by Mike. Was a very... read more

    Toddfranc
    9/07/2019
  •   We sort of stumbled upon Rathcroghan, but spent almost the entire day there, with our guide, Daniel Curley (who co-wrote the guidebook available for sale). He has amazing knowledge,... read more

    donfriz
    9/06/2019