Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre

Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre

Visitor Centres • Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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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
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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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Paul
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Nov 2022 • Couples
Wear old clothes
Elaine our guide was superb and freely shared her knowledge
Her enthusiasm was infectious
Written 23 November 2022
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Caitlin D
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Nov 2022 • Friends
We were in Ireland for 2 weeks and this was the absolute best tour, hands down. Be prepared to get muddy. Don't bring young kids, as there is a lot of talking, but our tour guide Daniel just had a tremendous amount of interesting information. He is clearly an expert and did a great job intertwining the historical and archaeological past with the folklore in a way that truly brings it all together, and in no way was it cheesy at all. If it seems chilly out, dress warmer than you think. To me this tour was the best because the tour was small (8 people), the cave did not feel touristy as it was not all lit up and you bring the flashlights they provide into the cave, and most of all because most tours are dry with science or tacky/cheesy with the myths. I've never been on a tour that made sense of the folklore in a realistic way that still preserves the magic while explaining things in reality. Older folks can do the tour as there is a plethora of information to learn, but getting into and out of the cave can really only be done if you're able to crouch allll the way down and basically spider walk into the cave. I'm 35, average body and my thighs are feeling it 2 days later. That's just at the very end of the tour tho. Plenty to learn along the way. But this is not a cave that you just walk into at all. And you WILL get muddy. Wear hiking boots! Go on this tour! It is amazing!
Written 11 November 2022
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Fiona
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Nov 2022
Went on the "Origins of Samhain Tour" on the 04/11/22. Very enjoyable, we really enjoyed our trip to Oweynagat into the otherworld.
Written 5 November 2022
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ShivWtrs
29 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Second time visiting Rathcroghan centre and what an amazing special tour dedicated to Oweynagat, Cave of the Cats. Also second time having Mike as our tour guide, with a wealth of knowledge and lovely way of telling stories our family really enjoyed the tour. The site is a very special place and you can feel it 🙌
Written 1 November 2022
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Da5idk
Manchester, UK27 contributions
Oct 2022
Went on the "Origins of Samhain Tour" on 29/10/22. Absolutely fantastic. Our guide Mike was both extremely knowledgeable and engaging, and also took care of both the old and the young in our little group, as we went out to Oweynagat and down in the Otherworld in his care. A truly wonderful experience.
Written 30 October 2022
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Sherri F
Canton, CT5 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
The tour, given by Daniel Curley, included a wealth of information. He was clearly very knowledgeable and also made it easy to ask him questions. There were only 7 of us in the group so it felt pretty intimate. Must check out the cave! There is also a book section in the gift shop that was fairly extensive. A very rewarding and fun day!
Written 29 October 2022
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Patricia B
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Oct 2022 • Friends
We did a tour guide of rathcroghan site and Oweynagat cave.. cafe on-site /bookstore…. Interesting/informative/ folklore tales/ reminiscent of local school history / dry day. Really enjoyed it
Written 28 October 2022
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Jesse M
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Sep 2022
Delightful interpretive center featuring photographs, miniature reproductions of the site, and a life-size model of an Iron Age Irish warrior, complete with topknot and torc.

The gift shop is also really special with a wide range of books on Irish history, mythology, archeology, and culture. There were even graphic novel versions of epic Irish myths (the Táin among them) written as Gaeilge. Of course you can also find typical gift shop memorabilia.

Even in winter when it might be a bit wet to go on their fabulous tour, I would go for the lovely drive out to Rathrcroghan just for some hot soup at the cafe and a little walk around the visitor center.
Written 27 October 2022
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Shannon M
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Oct 2022
I took the archaelogical tour of Rathcrogan on 24/10/22. It was wonderful! The tour was a mixture of high tech archaeology, local lore, customs, history, and mythology. Elaine did a lovely job! The tour to Uaimh na gCat (Oweynagat/Cave of the Cats) was wonderful too - definitely a fascination and a high point for me! Or maybe a low point - the entrance is very muddy and very small. I slid on my butt through parts of it but cared not at all, it was worth it for sure! I really appreciate the care they take for the preservation of the cave too. All in all, a wonderful tour and I highly recommend it!
Written 26 October 2022
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dermotmoc
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Oct 2022
Took the tour of Rathcroghan mound and OWEYNAGAT "the cave of the cats". The tour guide was excellent! The cave would definitely not be for the claustrophobic. I'm not an action man, but I managed it OK. Dress practically, as it's very muddy inside. Boots or sturdy footwear needed. Also if weather is windy, wrap up warm. If you're entering the cave, I recommend head-mounted flashlights, as you might need both hands to grab rock on the way down.

The Centre in Tulsk is really nice - there's a great deal of local pride here. Special mention for the cafe which served the most generous veggie breakfast I've had in Ireland - you'll probably need a bite after the tour! Coffee was excellent also.
Written 21 October 2022
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