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Rathcroghan Royal Site

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Address: Cruachan Ai Heritage Centre | Roscommon, Co. Roscommon, Tulsk Eire, Ireland
Phone Number:
+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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Excellent Visitor Centre

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 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 6 November 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 5 November 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 18 October 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Very special site Daniel showed us. He has an elaborate knowledge of history and epics, combined you can image how it must have been in ancient times. Choose to go into the cave if you want to make this tour exciting and you're not afraid to get dirty (or be prepaired), it's worth the effort. At the moment only in... More 

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Mullingar, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Very friendly service in the tea room. I did not visit the Heritage part. The brown bread was excellent as was the home made vegetable soup.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Excellent tour of RathCroghan , Mick has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the area. We crawled into Morrigans cave, well worth the muddy mess.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Incredible tour. Very informative and detailed account of historic and spiritual sites of the area. Amazing hospitality in the café for lunch. They are so caring and make you feel at home. Would happily return. If you find yourself anywhere close-by and want to enrich your Irish lore - this is a brilliant stop. Oh Maebh!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

This was one stop on a 10-day tour that was amazing and this day stood out from all the rest. Mike was knowledgeable and kind with an easy manner and clearly LOVED everything he talked about. After going through the small museum and watching the film, we went out to the site and lastly to Cave of the Cats. This... More 

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Foxford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This is a fantastic place to visit. Very informative. Our guide Mike was very friendly and very knowledgeable with a wonderful way of presenting history and myths. He was very reassuring and supportive at helping me slither down Oweyngat and I was glad I did. There is an excellent Cafe and exhibition. Highly recommended for anybody.

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