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Things To Do

Whether you are visiting for an hour or a few, taking a day trip or planning a longer stay, County Roscommon offers a wealth of experiences and fun to suit all ages and interests! We are happy to help you plan your trip to Rathcroghan and beyond. You can also visit for a comprehensive listing of events, activities and accommodation across the County of Roscommon.

Don’t know where to start? Our sample itineraries below, offer something for the heritage lover, archaeology explorers, and family fun seekers!

Roscommon Heritage Trail

Immerse yourself in the past of this great County. Explore Roscommon’s illustrious story by visiting three award-winning attractions which chart the changes in Roscommon life through the millennia.

Begin at Rathcroghan Visitor Centre and be taken on a journey back to the earliest peoples who sustained themselves on the fertile limestone plains of mid-Roscommon. Be regaled with the epic legends and wowed by the unique archaeological landscape which we call Rathcroghan, while following a journey from early prehistory through to the late medieval period. Explore our museum and interpretive rooms or take a tour with one of our archaeologist guides and allow us to paint a picture of the ancient capital of Connacht.

Enter the modern era as you travel east to the historic town of Strokestown. In the estate house of the Packenham Mahon family you will find Strokestown Park and Famine Museum, which catalogues the society of rural Ireland in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Explore the ‘Big House’, the beautiful gardens, as well as interacting with the thoughtful exhibits that tell the painful story of Ireland’s Great Famine, an Gorta Mhór.

From Strokestown, travel to Arigna Mountain and Arigna Mining Experience, to experience the life of a miner in these coal-rich hills. Be guided through the shafts of one company’s mine by a retired miner, hear their stories and see the dangerous work that these brave miners engaged in, to provide for their families.

Visit Strokestown Park

Visit Arigna Mining Experience

Argina Mines
Arigna Mining Experience

Live Like A King Experience

The kings of medieval Connacht have walked Rathcroghan and Carnfree for hundreds of years, their descendants and their homes, can still be visited today!

Why not combine a full-day experience at Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, experiencing the landscape and stories of the Gaelic O’Conor kings of Connacht, seeing where they inaugurated their kings, and understanding how they achieved their power and wealth, with a visit, and perhaps an overnight stay, at an ancestral home of the O’Conor’s, the 19thcentury Italianate mansion of Clonalis House in Castlerea.

Clonalis House - Things To Do
Clonalis House

Take a tour with a member of the O’Conor Nash family, take a sneak peek at one of the finest private libraries in Ireland, and live like a king in Connacht’s Gaelic heartland.

Visit Clonalis House

Roscommon – An archaeologist’s dream

Roscommon, an unspoilt agricultural county, has through its traditional pastoral practices retained the wealth of cultural heritage that other counties can only envy at.

A trip through the county will enable you to see vast Anglo-Norman castles, beautiful abbeys and friaries, prehistoric monuments and Gaelic strongholds.

Rathcroghan is one of the largest archaeological landscapes in Europe, possessing 240 archaeological sites, spanning a staggering 5,500 years.

This was the focal point for the entire territory of Connacht in times past, and the story of Rathcroghan is the story of Connacht.

Roscommon Priory - Things To Do
Roscommon Abbey

Leaving Rathcroghan, you can partake of a self-guided visit to castles such as Roscommon Castle and Rindoon Castle and medieval town. Explore the peaceful religious houses of Roscommon Abbey or Clontuskert Priory. Explore Lough Key, and its famous Rock, a stronghold of the MacDermot lords of Moylurg, or visit the enigmatic late prehistoric La Téne carved stone at Castlestrange. Everywhere you look in this county, you will uncover heritage gems that will take you back, face to face, with our ancestors in this land, a truly unique experience.

Visit Roscommon Castle

Visit Lough Key

Family Fun

County Roscommon offers a vast array of activities to keep all the family entertained! Roscommon boasts the longest River Shannon shoreline, spanning over 140 km, making it the ideal County to experience the River Shannon and all it has to offer. Visitors can enjoy water-based activities from fishing and boating, inflatable water parks to kayaking and SUPing! Why not spend the morning with us here at Connacht’s ancient capital and the afternoon enjoying the many water and land-based sports and activities on our doorstep!

For the land lovers Lough Key Forest Park, truly offers everything for the family from a camping and caravan park to Ireland’s only tree top walk, to boat cruises on the River Shannon to leisurely strolls around the grounds of Forest Park. For the more adventurous a visit to an inflatable waterpark such as Shannon River Adventure or Baysports offers the perfect fun filled afternoon!

Visit Bay Sports

Visit Shannon River Adventure

Visit Lough Key

For further information and to assist you in planning your trip to Rathcroghan and beyond, please contact us 071 963 9268 or email [email protected].

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Visitor Reviews

  •   Absolutely brilliant tour! Would definitely recommend if in the area. Excellent prices for the quality of the tour. Our guide Michael had an extensive knowledge of the area and was... read more

  •   We have previously taken tours at other ancient Royal Irish Sites, but were excited to visit Rathcroghan and were not disappointed. We got there early for a 12pm tour and... read more

  •   Interesting and entertaining tour with Elaine. She had us giggling at stories and amazed at her knowledge. We had time to spend before the tour in the visitor centre and... read more

  •   After a lovely breakfast in their cafe we had a fabulous tour with Michael who was so generous, fun, knowledgeable & clearly passionate about the area and all it has... read more

  •   Really enjoyed my visit to the royal site at rathcroghan...a part of Ireland I did not know. The tour given by Michael was most informative and he indulged my frequent... read more

  •   If you’re anywhere close to being able to visit this site then make sure you do.
    It’s incredibly interesting and very well explained and laid out.
    The staff... read more

  •   A great place to find out about the ancient ring forts and mythical stories of the surrounding area. Well worth the stop!

  •   I would like to thank Elaine for conducting a wonderful tour earlier this month (17 July). Her ease of delivery was very much appreciated and it was far from... read more

    Nathy F
  •   our excellent tour guide Mike, from the time you started our tour to the very end,you were a mind of information. it was like being there all those years ago.... read more

  •   Excellent Rathcroghan.
    My wife and I attended the Visitor's centre today (21st July 2020) and did the tour. Our guide Elaine was brilliant, so well informed and so enthusiastic... read more