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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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Brilliant Guided Tour of the Site!

We are fairly regular visitors to Rathcroghan Heritage Centre and always really enjoy our visits. We have always been impressed with the friendly nature of all the staff and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ray S
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Roscommon, Ireland
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Roscommon, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are fairly regular visitors to Rathcroghan Heritage Centre and always really enjoy our visits. We have always been impressed with the friendly nature of all the staff and their commitment to making the centre run as smoothly as possible. This is the first time we have taken the guided tour and it was amazing! Daniel, our tour guide, was... More 

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Roscommon, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I have visited here on numerous occasions and have always been impressed with the friendly nature of all the staff and their commitment to making the centre run as smoothly as possible. On this occasion we visited with an American friend and decided to take the guided tour for the first time. Daniel, our tour guide, was... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had visited the cave of cats before but on this trip the information center / museum was open!!! Oh my goodness there was loads of information!!! They answered every question and offered extensive explanations about all the folk lore from the time of Queen Madb until current day. The brown and white bull tale and how Queen Madb met... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Rathcroghan over the Easter break and had an excellent experience. Our entry fee included access to the visitor centre, which was interesting, well laid out and informative. It also included an excellent two and a half hour tour of the royal site. I cannot speak highly enough about this tour. Our guide, Daniel, was clearly passionate about the... More 

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Dungog, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is a must for anyone interested in ancient stuff. Just as interesting as more popular sites in the UK, but without the crowds. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Well worth going to if you're anywhere near the district.

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Oranmore, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our Rathcroghan adventure began with a visit to the interpretive centre which gave us a good introduction to the history of this ancient royal site. We then went on the site tour with Mike, our friendly and erudite guide, who through his comprehensive knowledge and engaging storytelling allowed us to immerse ourselves in the world of myth and legend. Despite... More 

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Roscommon, Ireland
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

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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Reviewed 20 April 2017

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 15 April 2017 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 12 April 2017

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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