Rathcroghan Visitor Centre
Visit the royal site of Connacht, Irelands largest royal site that’s been unexcavated at Rathcroghan Visitor Centre.
Located in the heart of county Roscommon, experience all the rich mythology the ancient capital of Connacht has to offer.
Visit Rathcroghan Visitor Centre Museum and step back in time in our museum to see how our iron age ancestors would have dressed, lived, ate and what they believed in. Read about Rathcroghan’s ritual landscape and mighty earthworks. Discover the role of Rathcroghan in the past and in Irish mythology specially featuring our royal Queen of Connacht, Queen Medb. Listen to the tales of Medb’s life on our AV room in which a film tells us the story of the warrior queen. As well as admiring our collection of thirty-five artefacts which represent various aspects of our ancestors lives such as domestic, faming, equestrian and ritual.
Rathcroghan guided tours: The guided archaeological tour takes you from the visitor centre to Rathcroghan mound and then onto Oweyngat. Journeying to Rathcroghan mould will take you back to the neolithic period, Bronze age and iron age. During this tour you will also learn about surrounding monument and how they play into the stories of Queen Medb, The Táin bó cuailnge and many more. The tour then continues to Oweynagat ‘Irelands gates to hell’ where you journey into the otherworld if you’re brave enough. Join one of our experienced guides into the cave and admire the beautifully preserved historic landscape.
(The tour is approximately 2.5 hours, all tours are weather dependant. Please dress appropriately in outdoor clothing as the cave entry is wet and muddy)
Café: Our Táin café offers a perfect space to relax after exploring Rathcroghan. Themed around the epic tale of the Táin bó cuailnge immerse yourself in the artistic flourishes of our café. We offer a daily breakfast menu that is available till 12pm and offer soup, sandwiches, light bites and desserts all throughout the rest of the day. As well as offering our artisan Lavazza coffee and herbal teas all day.
Opening hours: Café Mon-Sat 9:15am – 4:00pm
Museum: Mon – Sat 9:15am – 4:30pm
Guided tours: Mon – Fri 12pm daily
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