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

  •   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
  •   Very exciting visit hosted by Daniel and his fantastic team - lovely facilities - great exhibition area - most interesting tour complete with amazing celtic mythology - they certainly bring... read more

    AdoLeonard
    8/26/2019
  •   I stumbled upon Rathcroghan's website while looking for things to see during our Ireland vacation and was immediately caught by the chance to see the place that may have been... read more

    Nicole G
    8/24/2019
  •   We stopped off here to break up a long journey. The staff were really friendly and incredibly interesting to chat to. They were keen to interact with visitors... read more

    Rue o
    8/23/2019
  •   What a great facility! Take us back through the centuries to pre-historic times. The Interpretative Centre is first class and the tour is superb. Declan, our guide,... read more

    marianaSligo
    8/18/2019