Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre

Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre

Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre
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Visitor CentresHistoric SitesAncient Ruins
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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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  • Maegan P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun, informative, and exciting!
    I hardly ever write reviews but I absolutely had to write a review for my experience. Our group was led by Mike. He provided such a fun and informative experience. I learned so much and his enthusiasm and genuine love what he does is infectious. I cannot wait to come back. This tour is an absolute must. I also highly recommend the café and the museum. The food was delicious. The museum was also very informative. All around, you really have to stop and take a tour at the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre
    Thank you MaeganP21 for the positive review, We are delighted you took the time to review us and that Mike provided such a fun and informative experience. It's also great to hear you learned so much and that you found our Café food to be delicious. Look forward to your return. Once again thank you for your positive comments and please keep in touch with our upcoming events and new exhibits by joining our social media profiles. Regards Alan
    Written 5 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Kitty W
    Naples, Florida10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing Experience!
    What a wonderful museum and neolithic and royal archaeological site! I took a university study abroad group to visit, and my students all found it fascinating. The Rathcroghan Visitor Centre is very nicely done, with artifacts, media and art, and a perfect place to start your visit. There is also a cafe, where the treats are delicious. Then, the tour takes you to the central royal site, where you can stand where festivals, burials and royal activity took place. It's very compelling to stand there and hear the stories! We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit, which was rich with lore and history. Wow! 240 archaeological sites here, and you can drive to visit many of them as well. The connection of the sites with mythology is fascinating, and we learned a lot about Irish myths and legends. And visiting the Cave of the Cats was an amazing and unique experience! Everyone came out of the cave a bit muddy but exhilarated. My students were talking about it for days. The tour was exceptional; everyone learned so much about the archaeological site and Irish mythology, as well as the culture of the Irish people. I am sure that this experience will stay with my students for many years to come. Many thanks to Daniel, whose kindness and wealth of knowledge was such a benefit to our group.
    Thank you fkit0110 or the positive review, We are delighted you found the tour to be exceptional and that your students were talking about the cave for days. We are also thrilled you highlighted our guide Daniel's wealth of knowledge as been such a benefit to your group. We look forward to your next visit. Once again thank you for your positive comments and please keep in touch with our upcoming events and new exhibits by joining our social media profiles. Regards Alan
    Written 8 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Ilan W
    Haifa, Israel7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience of the ancient sit of the kings of Connacht
    As luck shined on me that day, I was the only visitor for the 2PM tour, as another group just failed to appear, so it was Mike, the guide, and I. Mike to me on the tour vehicle and we started with RathCroghan itself. Mike's deep knowledge and evocative explanations were most interesting. Later, we went into the "Cave of the Cat", Oweynagat, for a great experience. I recommend booking the visit at least several days prior, and leave some time to go into the visit center itself and cafe. There is ample parking space next to the visit center and across the road. If you plan on going into the cave itself - bring shoes suitable for walking in mud, and maybe something to put over your clothes if you don't want them all muddied up. Although the guides bring electrical torches, if you have a good head torch, be sure to bring it with you :)
    Thank you 637ilanw for the positive review, We are delighted you found Mike your guide to have a deep knowledge and evocative explanations to be most interesting. We are also thrilled that you had a great experience in the cave of the cats. Once again thank you for your positive comments and please keep in touch with our upcoming events and new exhibits by joining our social media profiles. Regards Alan
    Written 12 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Jonathan H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super
    A brilliant tour (over 2 hours long) well worth the money spent and a brilliant tour guide, he really set the scene, for the descent into The Morrigan's cave. Well worth it! 5 stars
    Thank you Storyteller390842 for the positive review, We are delighted you found the tour brilliant and also had a brilliant tour guide who really set the scene for you. Once again thank you for your positive comments and please keep in touch with our upcoming events and new exhibits by joining our social media profiles. Regards Alan
    Written 12 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Megan S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Mound, Some Sheep, & a Cave OR a Unique Experience for a Happy American Family Touring Ireland
    Our tour guide Elaine was fantastic! My family and I were visiting from the US & we learned so much from her about Irish mythology. We especially loved the story of Medb (Maeve), Queen of Connacht and the Otherworld. Descending into the Oweynagat “Cave of the Cats”was intense! My kids (whose Irish ancestors hail from County Roscommon) picked this place because of its connection to Samhain / Halloween, and it did not disappoint. We also enjoyed climbing up to the top of Rathcroghan Mound. Not only was it interesting from an archeological & historical perspective, but walking amongst the sheep was an unexpected and delightful bonus. An extra shout out to the woman at the visitor center who helped us find our way over the phone. We were lost and nearly missed the tour but for her very gracious assistance. The Irish people and culture left such a lasting impression on us. We’ll definitely come back to your beautiful country. Thanks for a wonderful experience!
    Thank you megansE6222HS for the positive review, We are delighted you found your guide Elaine to be fantastic and that you learned so much from her about Irish mythology. We are also thrilled you enjoyed climbing up to the top of Rathcroghan Mound. Once again thank you for your positive comments and please keep in touch with our upcoming events and new exhibits by joining our social media profiles. Regards Alan
    Written 26 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Tony104
    Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Explore the west of Irelands historic and mythical past
    Rathcroghan is the royal site of the kings of Connacht and an important site for Irish mythology. The visitor centre provides an introduction to the surrounding ancient landscape which you will explore with their knowledgeable and accessible guides. The welcome is fantastic and there is a great little cafe as part of the offer. I would highly recommend seeking out this less well known site, which is a bit off the main tourist trail.
    Thank you Tony104 for the positive review, We are delighted you found The Visitor Centre provided you with an introduction to the surrounding ancient landscape that you explored with our knowledgeable and accessible guides. The team are also thrilled you received such a fantastic welcome and that you would highly recommend seeking us out. Once again thank you for your positive comments and please keep in touch with our upcoming events and new exhibits by joining our social media profiles. Regards Alan
    Written 26 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Eileen M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really worth a visit.
    Really enjoyed our tour with Elaine. Lots of information and she made it very interesting. Climbing down the cave was the high point still can't believe I did it. Make sure and bring waterproofs. Enjoy it's really worth a visit.
    Thank you eileenmH6795YQ for the positive review, We are delighted you enjoyed your tour with Elaine and you highlight us as really worth a visit. Once again thank you for your positive comments and please keep in touch with our upcoming events and new exhibits by joining our social media profiles. Regards Alan
    Written 26 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Eimear M
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing, in-depth tour
    My partner and I visited the Rathcroghan visitor centre for their archaeological tour and had a wonderful time. Our tour guide was Mike and we loved how much of a genuine passion he had in Irish myth and history. His interest came across so clearly in his stories to us, and he really pulled us into the past with his narration. We visited the nearby ring fort and crawled into the Gate of Hell! This tour feels like a hidden gem. It's simple, rugged, and not open to mass tourism, which makes it even better. Would definitely recommend!
    Thank you Eimear_Ma for the positive review, We are delighted you had a wonderful time with us and your guide Mike had a genuine passion for Irish Myth and history on the tour. Thank you for definitely recommending us. Once again thank you for your positive comments and please keep in touch with our upcoming events and new exhibits by joining our social media profiles. Regards Alan
    Written 26 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Noelle0512
    Dublin, Ireland70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful afternoon spent exploring this fascinating site.
    After visting other sites such as Uisneach & Navan fort we had to come to Rathcroghan. We were not disappointed. Mike took us out to the site and from beginning to end his enthusiasm shone through. You can tell that he has such a passion for what he does. His delivery of the information was in a way that everyone (including 2 teenagers) was mesmerised. We have been on alot of these types of tours and can genuinely say that we have never had such an engaging guide as Mike is. Rathcroghan is lucky to have him. Highlight of the tour was entry to the Cave of the Cats - was worth every bit of mud!
    Thank you Noelle0512 for the positive review, We are delighted you found our guide Mike to be such an engaging guide and that from beginning to end his enthusiasm shone through. It's great to see you also enjoyed entering the cave of the cats. Once again thank you for your positive comments and please keep in touch with our upcoming events and new exhibits by joining our social media profiles. Regards Alan
    Written 12 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Damian M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    High Expectations ..... Exceeded !
    For many years we had been aware of the excellent reviews and feedback, but for one reason or another never found the time to visit. Finally we did in July and found it to be one of the best tours we've ever had! Our tour guide, Mike, is passionate, insightful and extremely knowledgeable. On the mound he brought clarity to many points and answered a wide range of questions on all sorts of topics in a manner appropriate for the diverse age range and interests. He brought interesting interpretations on legends, and juxtaposed ancient stories and history with modern scientific findings in a clear and easy to understand way. For the younger members of the group ( aged 10 to 18 ) the cave was the clear highlight. Be ready for a little bit of mud and take the plunge. If you do have kids, try to take the tour with the cave. Big shout out also for the little shop full of great stuff at a reasonable price ( including Mikes book ). We live abroad and the kids got great presents to bring back to friends with a nice cultural angle. Only regret is I didn't get the t-shirt as well!
    Thank you U7736YRdamianm for the positive review, We are delighted you gave such high praise on your tour and you found Mike to be passionate, insightful and extremely knowledgeable. Thanks for also highlighting that your kids got great presents to bring back to their friends with a nice cultural angle in the shop. Once again thank you for your positive comments and please keep in touch with our upcoming events and new exhibits by joining our social media profiles. Regards Alan
    Written 21 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
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Sheila T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Elaine was an excellent tour guide and gave us all the information we needed to understand the archaeology of the sites .She made it very entertaining also with the tales of mythology.She went above and beyond to help us get the best photos and along with Mike at the visitors centre helped us to get the books and gifts we wanted to take back as memories of a wonderful day.
Written 23 May 2024
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Ann W
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May 2024 • Couples
This place exceeded our expectations. Inside, the interpretative displays are extremely informative and professionally done. The cafe was most welcome and the parking, though not obviously signed, was most convenient in the spacious lot next door. After spending quite some time in the Centre we then drove to the Site, recreating Iron Age Ireland in our minds.
Written 23 May 2024
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Celia d
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May 2024 • Family
Extraordinary terrain explained. Characters who lived there brought to live by enthusiastic dedicated guide. Well worth a visit.
Written 8 May 2024
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Gina D
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May 2024 • Solo
The tour and the tour guide are fantastic.
Elaine was fun and engaging. She answered questions, we had a laugh. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day.
The food in the cafe is just OK, the museum is OK but the tour out to the sites is not to be missed. It's pricey but I'd absolutely go again.
Written 7 May 2024
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Roisin O
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Fantastic tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining. He kept us interested in what he had to say. I learned a lot and we all really enjoyed the tour
Written 3 May 2024
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Maddie C
Wellington, New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had an incredible visit to Rathcroghan today. Mike was our dynamic and deeply knowledgeable guide and I can't recommend visiting this site enough with him at the helm. He wove an incredible tale of history, mythology and archaeology through rain and shine, and presented the story of the Táin in such a humorous and accessible way, its sure to make anyone a fan of the Irish epic. Mike was also up for letting us go down into Oweynagat even though it had been raining and when the torched went off, it might’ve been the most special part of our trip so far, being in the dark, the entrance to the Otherworld. The visitor centre & museum area are beautifully laid out with amazing displays . Definitely head to Rathcroghan if you can.
Written 29 April 2024
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Catherine D
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A very enjoyable tour. Our guide Daniel made our visit so interesting. The countryside is lovely with beautiful views from the mound.
Written 26 April 2024
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Familie Goerg
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
15-year old girls aren't the most enthusiastic fans of Irish pre-history. But Mike our tour guide made the Cattle Raid of Ulster come totally alive for our daughter. And the Cave of the Cats (Oweynagat) experience something to remember....when the lights went out, and we Celtic warriors were left in the dark with the drip, drip, dripping of water through the limestone roof! Thank you Mike! You'd make a great bard. And a kind one!
Written 12 April 2024
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Philip O
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
The guided were extraordinarily knowledgeable and so helpful. This is a fascinating tour with so much information on the ancient Irish mythology. Elaine the archeologist who took us on the field trip and to Owenygat was engaging and entertaining. Be brave and enter Owenygat.
They had a lovely café in which to eat when you arrive back at the centre.
We'd highly recommend this tour to anybody - young or old.
Written 30 March 2024
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Emily I
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
I went to the sites on a archeology field trip, we entered the cave of cats and it was very interesting, when we exited a cat appeared 10/10
Written 30 March 2024
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