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Address: Cruachan Ai Heritage Centre | Roscommon, Co. Roscommon, Tulsk Eire, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 71 963 9268
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Rathcroghan, in County Roscommon, is the hidden heart of the West of...
Rathcroghan, in County Roscommon, is the hidden heart of the West of Ireland. When you visit this area, just off the N5 Dublin to Westport road, you can experience the home of Celtic Warrior Queen Maeve, the Goddess Morrigan, the Cattle Raid of Cooley, and seat of Gaelic Royalty – this is the Land of Legends for over 5,000 years. Here you can walk in the footsteps of the ancestors, imagine yourself transported back through time to the age of warriors and heroes, and enjoy this fascinating slice of Irish Heritage.The Rathcroghan Complex, with over 200 ancient monuments, is the historical royal capital of Connacht, Ireland’s Western province. We have been nominated to World Heritage Status, and Rathcroghan Visitor Centre offers a BRAND NEW Rathcroghan and Medieval Tulsk exhibition (open April 2014) with fully insured guided tours tailored to suit you; whether your interest is History, Genealogy, Literature, Archaeology, Heritage, Spirituality, or Mythology. Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, in the Medieval village of Tulsk, provides professional guided tours with a qualified historian/archaeologist; plus self-guide information, maps and advice; family friendly activities, workshops and special events, and full café facilities. You can shop for unique hand crafted gifts, an unparalleled specialist book selection, and expert advice no matter what your interest in Irish Culture, History or Heritage.
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A trip into Irish prehistory

The Rathcroghan centre and tours present a fascinating window on the archaeology and mythology of prehistoric Ireland. Our tour was led by an archaeologist with an encyclopedic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

The Rathcroghan centre and tours present a fascinating window on the archaeology and mythology of prehistoric Ireland. Our tour was led by an archaeologist with an encyclopedic knowledge of this very important site, with its many mounds, raths and the Onawaygat cave. I went down into the cave, traditionally seen as an entrance to the Otherworld, and wholeheartedly recommend it... More 

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Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

it was the second time that we had done the tour having moved in to the area during the last few months. The first time we had raved on about it to a friend who has come to visit and wanted to experience the tour. Daniel provides you with a car tour to visit the sites that are set in... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

What a lovely treat for my birthday. Had a great Irish breakfast in the cafe. We went on the tour of the sites with Daniel who was really good, obviously passionate about it all. Stunning views and it was very interesting. Exciting visit down the cave too. Thank you guys :)

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Greystones, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Myself and my daughters visit to Rathcroghan was interesting, informative and very enjoyable. We probably did things a little in reverse in that we went on the site tour first followed by a tour of the new visitors centre. On the site tour our guide Daniel was excellent and his knowledge and passion for Rathcroghan were very evident. As we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I loved the Rathcroghan complex. We visited on a day when the wind sliced through us like a knife! It didn't matter though, it just added to the magic. Our guide was wonderfully informative about all aspects of the site. The display gave vital information about clothing and historical evidence as well as the mythology associated with this site. I... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Well worth visiting for great background on Cruschan royal remains from Iron Age. Area filled with mounds and fairy forts everywhere you look. New visitor center in Tulsk has descriptive exhibits, two great films, and excellent book shop.

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County Roscommon, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

An unexpectedly cold and windy day in April saw me visiting Chruachan Ai to investigate what was on offer there. I found a warm welcome at the smart visitor centre and after browsing through the books and local crafts on offer in the shop, I opted to take the combined tour. The displays and films in the visitor centre are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Rathcrogan was briefly mentioned in the travel book i was using while going around Ireland. I was driving from Derry to Galway and thought "might as well stop by". And I am glad that I did! Absolutely recommend to anyone that is interested in getting the complete picture of Celtic history. This is a great "new" archeological site and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Brand new exhibit a very welcome addition. The sites themselves are numerous and untouched. A tour of the cave is a great and unique experience

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Belleville, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Daniel, our guide, wonderfully wove together threads of archaeology, history, mythology in such a wonderful way that even standing out on the mound of the Royal Castle in the rain and mist felt OK. Seeing archaeology done with new technology amazed. The small museum added even more information with an artistic model of the throne of Queen Mabd and prints... More 

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