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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
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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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Here for a tour and a conference

We had the best of time here. Great people who know their area and can help us understand the vast area and Archaeology/History of the place.

Reviewed 5 days ago
Frank S
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Roscommon, Ireland
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Roscommon, Ireland
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had the best of time here. Great people who know their area and can help us understand the vast area and Archaeology/History of the place.

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Dungarvan
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Cruachan Ai Heritage Centre is a gem. It is similar in size and scope to many heritage centres that you find dotted around Ireland, so you're probably wondering 'what sets it apart and makes it special'? The centre itself is very nicely laid out with well thought out panels and mannequins. Like all good museums and heritage centres the... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic, engaging tour for all ages by an accomplished storyteller, very knowledgeable of the history and area, with an exciting end in the cave - we all came out warriors! Thanks Mike!

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Dundalk, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having read lots of the stories associated with the Ulster Cycle (Rúraíocht - Cúchulainn, The Táin Bó Cualigne etc.) we became really interested in the power women held and were on the trail of Queen Maeve (Maedhbh / Maebh . . .) of Connaght. We could not have come to a better place! This is a small, locally run visitors'... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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CruachanAi, Manager at Rathcroghan Royal Site, responded to this review

Thank you Tina M for your positive review. We are pleased that you stopped and enjoyed your experience with us. We hope that you will visit us in the near future and experience a wonderful delve into the ancient past, be it in our exhibition or on one of our site tours. More 

California
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Reviewed March 19, 2017

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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CruachanAi, Manager at Rathcroghan Royal Site, responded to this review

Thank you Y F for your positive review of Rathcroghan visitor centre. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit and enjoyed visiting the sites. We hope that you would visit us again, if you are in this area in the future. More 

Roscommon, Ireland
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

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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CruachanAi, Manager at Rathcroghan Royal Site, responded to this review

Thank you Deirdre099 for your positive review of your visit to the Rathcroghan visitor Centre. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the unique Oweynagat cave and sacred sites. We are pleased that you enjoyed the delicious food and beverages served in our wonderful cafe. If you are in this area in the near future please do not... More 

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Reviewed March 11, 2017

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.

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CruachanAi, Manager at Rathcroghan Royal Site, responded to this review

Thank you Mark for your positive review of the Rathcroghan visitor Centre. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the unique Oweynagat 'Cave Of the Cats'. We hope you will visit us again in the near future. As, we are constantly upgrading are visitor experience and are in the process of installing a wooden chariot in Queen Medb's... More 

Castlebar, Ireland
2 reviews
Reviewed March 7, 2017

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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CruachanAi, Manager at Rathcroghan Royal Site, responded to this review

Thank you mmc451 for your positive review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Rathcroghan visitor centre and our unique Oweynagat cave. If you are in this area in the future please come and see our new Queeen Medb courtyard, with historical wooden chariot. More 

Tamworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 5, 2017 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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CruachanAi, Manager at Rathcroghan Royal Site, responded to this review

Dear Kelly W, We are delighted that you chose to visit us at Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, and I am disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy your visit. We would be very grateful if you had any feedback or ideas on how we can make your experience more memorable, and you can contact me directly at info@rathcroghan.ie to discuss... More 

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