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Rathcroghan Royal Site

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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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In my boyhood years I had many times walked the sites at Rathcroghan captivated by the vista on a sunny day. One could see across the plains of Boyle and even take in Knocknarea... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 NEW

In my boyhood years I had many times walked the sites at Rathcroghan captivated by the vista on a sunny day. One could see across the plains of Boyle and even take in Knocknarea in Sligo. This was an enchanting experience. I realised instinctively this was a place of mystery where royals could well have aboded. Returning 50 years later... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Love the displays and friendly attitude of workers. Very helpful for people who want to explore local landscape, a rare opportunity these days in ireland

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Well worth taking the time to do the tour to the Archelogical sites. VERY informative! You are taken out to the sites 6km out of town then guided through the history and mythology.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

My husband and I took the noon tour (surprisingly with only one other couple) and came away very satisfied. We learned a lot from our tour guide and were treated to some beautiful sites. It was well worth the cost of admission. The little shop inside the visitor's center had some beautiful glass for sale, as well as a good... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

We did a spur of the moment tour of this ancient royal site and learnt so much about the history and mythology of Ireland told very passionately by our guide Daniel who drove us out to the sites. A worthwhile detour from the regular tourist route

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Amazing historic tour of the royal site. Our guide was incredibly knowledgable and passionate. We were taken despite the rain and cold weather for the experience of a lifetime- learning about the history, legend and local and national lore. The lore and mythology were so powerful--I want to go home and study for a year so I can fully appreciate... More 

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

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

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

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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