Rathcroghan - Iron Age Royal Site

Contact Details


Rathcroghan Visitor Centre,
Cruachan Aí,
Co Roscommon.

Tel. No: +353 (71) 963 9268

Email: info@rathcroghan.ie

Website: www.rathcroghan.ie

Opening Hours

All year
Monday - Saturday
09.00 - 17.00

May - September:

Sunday  12.00 - 16.00

(and by appointment out of season)

Average length of visit:

ExhibitionTour : 45 mis to 1 hour

Exhibition and Guided site Tour :2 ½ hours


Admission Fees

Adult: €5.00
Senior: €4.00
Student: €4.00
Child: €3.00
Groups 10+: €4.00

Rathcroghan Experience- Exhibition and Guided Site Tour

Adult: €14.00
Student/Senior : €12.00
Child Age 10+ :€6.00

Please note the OPW Heritage Card allows for free admission to exhibition rooms only.


Full Café Menu and Group Dining Options, NEW Interactive Exhibition Rooms, Disability Access, Toilet Facilities, Baby Changing & Bottle warming, Child friendly, Book & Craft Shop, Maps & Equipment, AV Presentation, Presentation/Meeting Rooms. Exhibition in English. Rathcroghan Complex archaeological sites have limited mobility access.

Please note the OPW Heritage Card allows  for free admission to the exhibition rooms only.


Following Government guidelines this site is closed until further notice.

This is a Communities Involvement Initiative Project supported by OPW.

Rathcroghan Visitor Centre is located in the medieval village of Tulsk, within the archaeological landscape of Cruachan Aí, the oldest and largest unexcavated royal site in Ireland.

The Rathcroghan landscape has over 240 archaeological sites, with 60 of these protected National Monuments .These vary from Stone Age tombs to royal burial mounds, great ringforts to ceremoinial inauguration sites and massive linear earthworks. All of this is spread over a 6.5 kilometer sq. area , ensuring that there is a wealth of Mythology, Archaeology,History and literature just waiting for you to discover.

Explore Rathcroghan and medieval Tulsk through our year- round, award- winning interpretive exhibition rooms, where you will  walk into the stories,archaeology and history of Connacht's prehistoric capital. Tread across this ancient landscape, in the footsteps of te great Warrior Queen Medb, who ruled all of Connacht from her home in Rathcroghan. You will hear and see the epic tale , Táin Bó Cuailnge, up close which features a host of legendary heroes including Medb herself, the Battle Goddess Mórígan, Connacht warrior Fráoch , and the boy hero Cú Chulainn.

You will be able to learn where our Iron Age and medieval ancestors lived, how they survived, what they ate and what they believed in.

Experience the legendary Oweynagat ( Cave of the Cats), regarded as the official home of Halloween, which was described as Ireland's Gate to Hell and entrance to the Otherworld by fearful Christian scribes.

Climb to the top of the majesticand enigmatic Rathcroghan Mound, which in the Iron Age was impressively topped by wooden ramparts and ceremonial henges , and whose secret heart remains an untouched mystery.

The Rathcroghan Archaeological landscape has been nominated to the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status, whichwould elevate it to its rightful place of importance alongside Newgrange and Skellig Michael. A community project , which opened in 1999, the centre runs regular events , workshops and activities throughout the year.


 Bus Route(s):  Dublin to Ballina Route 22- direct.
Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre
+353 (1) 836 6111 or go online for schedule and details.

Guided Tours:  yes                

Leaflet/Guide book:  English, German, French, Italian, Polish.

Seasonal Events:  yes

Photography / Video allowed:  yes

Additional Information: A/V presentation 10 min – English language Only




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