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Rathcroghan Royal Site

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Address: Cruachan Ai Heritage Centre | Roscommon, Co. Roscommon, Tulsk Eire, Ireland
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+353 71 963 9268
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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What a beautiful surprise.

We stopped in for the bathroom but were fabulously surprised to have Michael spent an hour reopening the center and sharing his insights and stories. Stop for sure. It will give... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in for the bathroom but were fabulously surprised to have Michael spent an hour reopening the center and sharing his insights and stories. Stop for sure. It will give you an insight into the land and the ancient cultures.

Thank Tina M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited in late June 2016, having been interested in Irish history, archaeology, and mythology. The museum had a lot of good info, well presented, on the archaeology of the area, as it pertains to the Táin Bó Cúailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley). The staff was knowledgeable and went out of their way to be helpful. For example, I had... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing place and a wonderful tour guide, who brings to life the history, mythology and archaelogy of one of Ireland's important ancient sacred sited. Although many of the monuments are on private lands, it is possible to visit some. Declan is generous with his knowledge and happy to answer questions. After several hours on the sites (including a tri... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many thanks to Daniel and Mike for a stimulating tour of the visitor centre and some of the sites around the centre. A real treat for afficionados or just the interested. The cave of the cats was awesome.

Thank Mark S
Castlebar, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Forget about Ireland's Ancient East, here at Rathcroghan you will be transported back in time through the archaeology, history and mythology of the Royal Site of Connacht and Ireland's entrance to the Otherworld at 'Oweynagat', the Cave of the Cats, for those who dare!!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I listened to the stories and heard the legends but have to say didn't find it that interesting and there isn't much to see or do. Not somewhere I would go again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

For anyone interested in Irish archaeology this is a must-visit site. The exhibition is very well done, clear and concise with a variety of media that really get the message across. The staff really know their subject and are happy to converse and pass on information. After the visit to the Centre, you can follow a leaflet to see some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Mike McCarthy, gave us (my wife and I ) an experience and memory that forever changed us and a memory that will forever be in our souls! Excellent customer service beyond anything we could have hoped for.....and the food was INCREDIBLE! All the staff was absolutely wonderful and friendly, and they %150 genuinely love what they do, it's not a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

We detoured here en route back to the 'ancient east' and it was well worth the extra couple of hours. Start in the interpretive centre (great bookshop and fabulous little cafe with all day brekkie and good mix of lunch options. Really lovely staff too). The exhibition is small but insightful (long enough for kids). The actual sites are about... More 

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Waterford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

If you go here, you must go on the tour to the site. The guide was entertaining and brought the whole history of the area to life. It is outdoors, so come prepared for the weather, with good waterproof boots a necessity if it is at all wet. The visit to the cave was interesting, but the cave is very... More 

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