Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre

Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, Tulsk: Hours, Address, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre Reviews: 5/5

Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre

Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre
5
Visitor Centres • Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
09:00 - 16:30
Monday
09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:30
Thursday
09:00 - 16:30
Friday
09:00 - 16:30
Saturday
09:00 - 16:30
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Dairine2014
Toronto, Ontario15 contributions
Immersed in history in Rathcroghan
Jun 2021
We travelled from Dublin today specifically to visit the Rathcroghan Royal Site, having waited almost a year to be able to do so. This is such a significant site, so important in Irish history, with a breadth and depth to it that is awesome. Our guide Daniel Curley was just outstanding. He has a deep love for this part of the world and a forensic understanding of the significance of the heritage along with how to preserve it for future generations. His imagination and vision for this site was so inspiring to us that we left Tulsk on a complete high. We are all the better for having met you Daniel - thank you so much.
Written 14 June 2021
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Olive R
15 contributions
History brought to life 😃
Jun 2021 • Friends
I reallly recommend this tour. The guide Elaine is very knowledgeable yet provides life stories and entertainment. Rathcroghan has a great history which is brought to life. Well done on producing an informative historical trail.
Written 6 June 2021
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Matthew J
County Dublin, Ireland4 contributions
Highly Recommended
Jun 2021 • Solo
Stopped off here on the way back from visiting my Dad in Ballina. Very glad I did because I was really treated to an in-depth tour of the main Rathcroghan 'Hill Fort' site and Owenynagat Cave.

Being just off the main road I've stopped at the Visitor centre and the 'Hill Fort' many times on my own but getting a tour from Mike
-such an educated guide was really worth while!

After spending an hour checking out the main 'Hill fort' site we drove to Owenynagat Cave (5 mins) where I learned about more myths and tales of the time and believe it or believe it not, the possible origins of Halloween itself.

But I'll let Mike or one of the other guides fill you in on how that is!

Great little gift shop and cafe in the visitor center as well… all in all Highly recommended!!
Written 6 June 2021
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Veronica woods
2 contributions
Outstanding visit to Rathcroughan
Jun 2021 • Friends
I passed this museum and site so many times on way to and from Dublin was curious but never had time to look in. So glad I got the chance to visit today. Realised how archeologically significant this whole area is with evidence of habitation before new grange. The guided tour brought the history to life, just learnt so much from the tour guide Declan. His passion and enthusiasm for the history of the site was infectious.The tour fished with a viewing of the cave to a prehistoric cave. Hope to visit again with my son shoes name has a connection to the the site
Written 4 June 2021
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Crossflow
1 contribution
Top Class Tour
Jun 2021 • Friends
Exceptional experience, having been to most of Ireland’s historic sites this trumped them all, our guide Michael was excellent and adjusted his tour to suit the mood of the group. A true story teller with the academic knowledge to back things up. Do not pass Tulsk without stopping by, lovely cafe and clean facilities for the weary traveller. We were down one person on the original booking and a refund was made immediately. Forget Newgrange, this is where it’s at, A+ Rating
Written 4 June 2021
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Fiona B
Limerick, Ireland13 contributions
Fantastic Tour
Jun 2021 • Family
Fantastic tour of Rathcroghan. Going down into Oweynagat cave was unreal. This tour is a must for anyone interested in ancient Irish history and legends. Elaine our guide was not only lovely to deal with but really knowledgeable with a genuine passion for history.
Written 4 June 2021
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Miranda O'Donnell
1 contribution
Wonderful Tour
Jun 2021
We visited Rathcroghan today, and enjoyed an interesting and entertaining tour, led by Elaine. She was very knowledgeable about the archeology of the site, Irish history. legends and mythology, and she has a great sense of humour. We loved walking through the beautiful fields surrounding the mounds, and were so curious about the cave. Unfortunately we weren't allowed inside because social distancing not possible in the small space. We look forward to coming back again when we are able to go inside the cave - it sounded so magical! Thanks to Elaine for a wonderful tour.
Written 1 June 2021
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Thank you mirandaod for the positive review, We are delighted you found our guide Elaine to be very knowledgeable about the archeology of the site, the Irish history. the legends and mythology. We are thrilled you loved walking through the beautiful fields surrounding the mounds, and were so curious about the cave. We look forward to you coming back. Once again thank you for your positive comments and please keep in touch with our upcoming events and new exhibits by joining our social media profiles. Thank you Alan
Written 13 June 2021
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Mervyn T
3 contributions
An Afternoon Well Spent
Jun 2021 • Solo
Ráthcroghan is a complex and dispersed site and a challenge for any Tour Guide to interpret. Elaine did a wonderful job dealing, in a good humoured and understated way, with the facts that are known and the fiction that we might prefer to hear. She balanced a deep knowledge of mythology with scientific enquiry and provided a very real sense of the importance of this prehistoric site. It was an afternoon well spent. 'Heaven & Connacht'.
Written 1 June 2021
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Thank you 40mervynt for the positive review, We are delighted you had an afternoon well spent with our guide Elaine. It is great news that she balanced a deep knowledge of mythology with scientific enquiry and provided a very real sense of the importance of this prehistoric site. Once again thank you for your positive comments and please keep in touch with our upcoming events and new exhibits by joining our social media profiles. Thank you Alan
Written 13 June 2021
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KfD
2 contributions
Nice Visitors Centre, Check Roads Before Deciding on Self-guided Tour
May 2021 • Couples
The museum was lovely. Very informative. Staff very friendly and helpful. We also purchased the self-guided drive tour booklet as we were more comfortable with that than the in-person tour with COVID. Unfortunately, we weren't able to complete that as there were road works, and the roads we needed were closed. We did try as local access was allowed, but the sites we were looking most forward to were completely blocked off. I really don't think that staff were aware of this or they would have warned us. Worth bearing in mind to check that roadworks are not ongoing before planning your trip.
Written 1 June 2021
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Thank you DancingKF for the positive review, We are delighted you found the staff very friendly and helpful and overall it was a positive experience. We are very sorry that you were unable to visit the cave, and unfortunately we were unaware that there were roadworks on that road on the day of your visit. Although it may not be of use to you now, these roadworks have since been completed, and if you are passing again, you will not be inconvenienced should you wish to visit the site. Once again thank you for your positive comments and please keep in touch with our upcoming events and new exhibits by joining our social media profiles. Thank you Alan
Written 9 June 2021
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Maeve
1 contribution
Amazing tour, inspirational stories
Jul 2020 • Family
Had an amazing tour of Rathcrogan with Mike in July and have been meaning to write a review ever since. I have passed this site travelling to and from Westport for years. It is a fascinating site and stunning that it is not more widely known and respected in Irish culture and history. Mike was a brilliant tour guide and his vast knowledge was astounding. Even better was his ability to make each and every one of the tales and the scientific information relevant and interesting to everyone in our tour group. It was raining and we had 6 children under 11 with us, including a one year old. We all had a brilliant time, taking away great knowledge of the site and inspired by the stories and Mike's enthusiasm.We are still talking about it. Thanks Mike. Rathcroghan and its importance in Irish mythology and culture deserves much more attention and investigation and it is criminal that this is not so. Do not pass Rathcroghan. Book a tour, we would recommend it to anyone. And thanks again!
Written 5 January 2021
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Thank you maeveh2021 for the positive review, It's great news that you had an amazing tour with Mike and you were astounded by his vast knowledge. We are delighted you had a brilliant time at Rathcroghan and you found the stories inspirational. Once again thank you for your positive comments and please keep in touch with our upcoming events and new exhibits by joining our social media profiles. Thank you Alan
Written 8 June 2021
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