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Welcome to Rathcroghan’s Visitor Centre, Interpretative Rooms and Guided Tours online Privacy Policy. This privacy policy describes our practices regarding information collected, used, disclosed and otherwise processed when you visit Rathcroghan’s website and/or sub websites relating to Rathcroghan events such as The Queen Medb Conference and the Rathcroghan Archaeological Conference.

Why we collect this information, how we safeguard it and the choices you can make about the way such information is collected, used and disclosed. Together we will refer to such websites, as noted above as the “Sites”. By providing us with personal information, you signify your consent to this privacy policy. This privacy policy applies regardless of the means or device you use to access the Sites.

Rathcroghan Visitor Centre is committed to safeguarding your privacy online.

We may change this policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this policy.

Any questions regarding this policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to our Data Protection Officer at [email protected]
We use your data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions.

Who is collecting the information?

When you visit our website(s), (the sites) and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with Rathcroghan Visitor Centre alone, unless it is specifically stated otherwise. We do not share your information / data with other persons, agencies or bodies.

How do we collect information from you and what type of information is collected?

Rathcroghan Visitor Centre collects information in a variety of ways from different parts of the service.
In general, you can visit our Sites without telling us who you are or providing us with any personal information. However, when you visit our Sites, our web server automatically records certain information, such as your IP (Internet Protocol) address and other related information such as the name of your ISP (Internet service provider), your browser type, operating system and language, the website from which you visit us, keywords and any browser add-on technologies that are available for content delivery, the pages on our Sites you visit and in what sequence, and the date and length of your visit.
We collect personal information when you provide it during the use our Sites, for example if you:

Subscribe to our newsletter or opt-in to receive communications from us

  • Subscribe to our newsletter or opt-in to receive communications from us
  • Participate in competitions, sweepstakes or promotions
  • Post on a message board, forum or comment on our blog
  • Participate in a survey or poll
  • Contact us with an enquiry, comments or complaint
  • Book a ticket or buy a gift card
  • Send us details via social media

The types of personal information we may collect include: your name, email address, postal address, telephone number, nationality, details about your telephone device (e.g. mobile phone or PDA) and your telephone service provider, debit/credit card data.

If you make a purchase online, for example book a ticket or buy a book, your debit/credit card information is not held by us, it is collected by our third-party payment processors, who specialise in the secure online capture and processing of credit/debit card transactions, as explained below.

What are cookies and how are they used?

Like many other websites, our Sites use cookies to store information about you. Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a site. Cookies are then sent back to the originating site on each subsequent visit, or to another site that recognises that cookie. You can find more information about cookies at:

Our Sites use the following types of cookies:

Strictly Necessary Cookies: These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the Site and use its features, such as navigation and accessing secure areas of the Site. Without these cookies, the website cannot function properly and services like enabling appropriate content based on your type of device cannot be provided.

Preference/Functionality Cookies: These cookies enable a website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in. They allow our Sites to remember choices you make and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Statistic/Performance Cookies: These cookies collect information about how visitors use the Site, so that we can analyse traffic and understand how our visitors use our Sites. We may use third party service providers for this purpose who may use their own cookies. These cookies don’t collect information that identify an individual visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how the Site works.

You can find out more information about Google Analytics cookies here.

We use Google Analytics to analyse traffic. It is only used to improve how the Site works. Google Analytics uses its own cookies. These cookies don’t collect information that identify a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.

You can avoid the use of Google Analytics relating to your use of our Sites by downloading and installing the Browser Plugin available via this link.

Social Media Cookies: These cookies are used when you share information using a social media sharing button or “like” button on our Sites. The social network will record that you have done this. This information may be linked to targeting/advertising activities.

Marketing/Advertising Cookies: These are used to track visitors across websites. Some of our Sites may use a third-party advertising network to deliver targeted advertising. These may also have the capability to track your browsing across different sites and apps. If you would like more information on targeted advertising and how to opt out of it, please visit

If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can also alter your browser settings or your mobile device settings. The procedure for doing so varies from one browser application to another. If you wish to reject cookies from our Site, but wish to accept those from other sites, you may be able to choose the option in your browser settings to receive a notice before a cookie is stored on your device. Please consult the “Help” section of your browser for more information. By disabling cookies, you may be prevented from accessing some features of our Sites or certain content or functionality may not be available.

How is your information used?

We may use your information to:

  • Process a purchase you have made
  • Process orders that you have submitted
  • Carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into by you and us
  • Dealing with entries into a competition
  • Deal with enquiries received by you
  • Seek your views or comments on the services we provide
  • Notify you of changes to our services
  • Send you communications about your booking or order
  • Send you communications which you have requested and that may be of interest to you. These may include information about offers, news stories, campaigns, competitions and promotions, promotions of our associated companies’ goods and services
  • Compile aggregated research on guest demographics, interests and behaviour to better understand our visitors and improve our service
  • Compile aggregated to report on business performance

The legal basis for the processing will usually be one of the following:

  1. On the basis of your explicit consent;
  2. On the basis that processing is necessary for the performance of our contract with you or in order to take steps prior to entering into contract with you;
  3. On the basis that processing is necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by us or a third party which are not overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

There may be situations in which we are required to process your personal data in order to comply with a legal obligation to which we are subject. If it is legally permissible, we will inform you when this is the case.

We review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you hold with us.

Who has access to your information?

We will not sell or rent your information to third parties.
Rathcroghan Visitor Centre may share data in an anonymous and aggregate form with third parties such as key stakeholders and business partners to report on business performance and to understand customer trends and patterns.

Third Party Service Providers working on our behalf:

We may transfer (or otherwise make available) your information to third party service providers, agents, subcontractors and other associated organisations for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services to you on our behalf. For example, to host our Sites and services, process bookings or to send you mailings. However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service. These persons are obliged to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own direct marketing purposes.

When you are using our secure online transaction pages, your purchase is processed by a third party payment processor, who specialises in the secure online capture and processing of credit/debit card transactions. If you have any questions regarding secure transactions, please contact us.

Security precautions in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information

When you give us personal information, we take steps to ensure that it’s treated securely. Any sensitive information (such as credit or debit card details) is encrypted and protected with 128 Bit encryption on SSL. When you are on a secure page, a lock icon will appear on your web browser to demonstrate this.

Non-sensitive details (your email address etc.) are transmitted normally over the Internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.


If you have consented to receiving marketing information, we may analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information relevant to you. We may make use of additional information about you when it is available from external sources to help us do this effectively.

Links to other websites

Our Sites may contain links to other websites run by other organisations or individuals. This privacy policy applies only to our Sites‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website.

In addition, if you linked to our website from a third party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third party site.

16 or Under

The safety and privacy rights of children are very important to us. Rathcroghan Visitor Centre Sites are general audience websites, however if you are aged 16 or under‚ please get your parent/guardian’s permission beforehand whenever you provide us with personal information.
We also encourage parents and guardians to supervise their children’s online activities by, for example, adopting parental control tools available from online services and software manufacturers that help provide a child-friendly online environment. These tools can also prevent children from disclosing online their name, address, and other personal information without parental permission.

Your choices

You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us. If you do not want to receive direct marketing communications from us about our exciting products and services, then please do not tick the relevant box situated on the form on which we collect your information.

If you do not wish to receive our mailings, you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link included on all communications.

We will not contact you for marketing purposes by email, phone or text message unless you have given your prior consent. We will not contact you for marketing purposes by post if you have indicated that you do not wish to be contacted. You can change your marketing preferences at any time by contacting us by email on [email protected]

Transferring your information outside of Europe

As part of the services offered to you through this website, the information which you provide to us may be transferred to countries outside the European Union (“EU”). By way of example, this may happen if any of our servers are from time to time located in a country outside of the EU. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to the UK. By submitting your personal data, you’re agreeing to this transfer, storing or processing. If we transfer your information outside of the EU in this way, we will take steps to ensure that appropriate security measures are taken with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this policy.

If you use our services while you are outside the EU, your information may be transferred outside the EU in order to provide you with those services.

What else should I know about my privacy?

Please note that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online, including in your correspondence within a discussion group, social media platforms or on our website comments, that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you disclose personal information online that is accessible to others, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. You should be aware that if you access other websites, using the links provided, these are outside our control. If you provide personal data to other companies, the privacy policies of those companies determine the uses to which that information is put and the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre Privacy Policy will no longer apply.

Review of this Policy

We keep this Policy under regular review. From time to time, we may revise this Privacy Policy to reflect Rathcroghan Visitor Centre initiatives, changes in the law or technology or changes in our practices regarding the collection and use of personal information. If we decide to materially change this Privacy Policy, the changes will be posted on our Sites so that you are always informed of the latest version. Please check this page regularly to keep up-to-date.

This Policy was last updated in May 2019.