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 www.roscommon.ie 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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].
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
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
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
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
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
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
- Nicole G
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
- Rue o
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
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