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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
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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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It was a bitterly cold December day in 2015 when we visited. Sandra in the visitors centre was warm and welcoming, and the exhibition shows the background on the history and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Castlebar, Ireland
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Castlebar, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was a bitterly cold December day in 2015 when we visited. Sandra in the visitors centre was warm and welcoming, and the exhibition shows the background on the history and mythology of the site. Daniel took us on tour, even though we were the only ones there. The landscape around Tulsk contains hundreds of prehistoric and historic Archaeological sites.... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The landscape in and around Tulsk contains hundreds of important prehistoric and historic archaeological sites. The Cruachan Ai heritage centre offers a remarkable collection of resources for engaging with and understanding this archaeological heritage, in two ways: an exhibition in the visitor centre that offers background on the history and mythology of the site, and a tour of some of... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there on a bitterly cold, rainy day, but the employees didn't hesitate to take us on the tour, and made us feel extremely welcome. The history is fascinating, and well worth the time to take the tour.

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Fair Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first introduction to the legends of ancient pagan Ireland. It was extremely interesting. We are Halloween collectors and how this area spawned Halloween was very special to us. Mike was amazing and detailed about the "Achilles" of Ireland and the pagan "Otherworld", and one of its entrances to it, the cat cave, which we crawled into!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We elected not to walk around the site as the area was recovering from flooding and we didn't have the right footwear to be trooping through water, but we did go through the visitors centre. Our very enthusiastic and knowledgable guide Michael explained both the history and the myths surrounding the area, and we also went through the centre at... More 

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Thank 464rosemary
Foxford, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

The exhibition and the guided tour were both excellent. The exhibition was very interesting without being dull or overwhelming. The tour of some of the sites nearby added a fantastic dimension and brought the places we visited to life. Daniel, our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history, archaeology and the mythology associated with the sites. Above all he... More 

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Thank Anne v
Nantes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Even if I was the only visitor, Daniel led me to the Rathcroghan Royal Site and into the Oweynagat Cave. The tour was very interesting, Daniel provided a lot of details about both the mythological and archaeological interpretations of the sites. The museum is small but it is nice to visit it, and it gives the keys to understand the... More 

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Thank Stanbos
County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Great place from which to plan your visit to the whole ancient site which covers many kilometers and takes in several megalithic mounds, burials, bronze and iron age and medieval sites as well as the famous mound of Maeve herself Queen of Connaught and the entrance to the Underworld of Owenygat of The Morrigan. Its landscape is vast both terms... More 

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County Donegal, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

I have a keen interest in Irish history and sites such as Newgrange and the Hill of Tara in County Meath, and after a friend told us of Rathcroghan we decided to explore. I was blown away by the history in Rathcroghan and we were brilliantly guided by the manager of the heritage centre, Daniel. The centre itself gives you... More 

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Thank Conor M
Westport, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

went here before and really enjoyed it. A few friends were visiting and this was the first place i thought of bringing them. this time we went out with a tour guide and it was very interesting and informative and well worth the few extra euros. A must see if you are in the west of ireland

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