Rathcroghan - Iron Age Royal Site

Contact Details

Address: Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Cruachan Aí, Tulsk, Castlerea, Co Roscommon.

Telephone No: +353 71 9639268

Fax No: N/A

email: info@rathcroghan.ie

Website: www.rathcroghan.ie


Opening Hours

All year: Monday - Saturday    09.00 - 17.00

May - October:  Sunday  12.00 - 16.00

(and by appointment out of season)

Average length of visit:

Exhibition tour:  45 min - 1 hour

Site Visit:           1hour - 1hour 30 min

Combined:         2.5 hours

Admission Fees

Adult: €7.00
Senior: €6.00
Student: €6.00
Child: €3.00
Groups 10+: €4.00

Site Tour:
Adult: €5.00
Senior: €4.00
Student: €4.00
Child: €3.00
Groups 10+: €4.50

Adult: €10.00
Senior: €8.00
Student: €8.00
Child: €6.00
Groups 10+: €7.00

Please Note
Min charge of €20 for site tours
Family = 2 Adult, up to 5 children.
Please note the OPW Heritage Card and Free Wednesdays initiative allow for free admission to the 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 and Free Wednesdays initiative allow for free admission to the exhibition rooms only.









This is a Communities Involvement Initiative Project, supported by the O.P.W.Rathcroghan Visitor Centre is located in the medieval village of Tulsk, within the royal complex of Cruachan, the oldest and largest unexcavated royal complex in Europe. Rathcroghan royal complex has a huge concentration of sites – over 240 archaeological sites, with over 60 of these regarded as national monuments. All of this is contained in a 6.5 kilometre sq. area, ensuring that there is a wealth of Mythology, Archaeology, History and Literature just waiting for you to discover.

Rathcroghan is home to 28 identified burial mounds, numerous ringforts, linear earthworks and enclosures which straddle prehistoric and medieval Ireland. From the legendary Oweynagat (Cave of the Cats), which was described as Ireland’s Gate to Hell by fearful Christian scribes, to the majestic and 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 – allow yourself to be embraced by Ireland’s sacred past.

Rathcroghan Royal Complex has been nominated to the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status, which would elevate it to its rightful place of importance alongside Newgrange, and Skellig Michael.

Coupled with this, explore Rathcroghan and medieval Tulsk through the brand NEW interpretive exhibition rooms, where you will walk into the stories, archaeology and history of Connacht's royal capital. Here you will be able to hear, see and embrace the epic tale, Táin Bó Cuailnge, up close. 

As well as that, you will be able to learn how our Iron Age and medieval ancestors lived, by seeing where they lived, what they ate, and what they believed in. So visit Rathcroghan, and embrace Ireland’s mysterious Iron Age!

Visitors are advised to wear weather protective clothing and footwear suitable for walking on uneven terrain on field trips. 

Rathcroghan – Iron Age Royal Site

Location:Tulsk Village, Co Roscommon.

Bus Route(s):  Dublin to Ballina Route 22- direct. http://www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1300967882-22.pdf  

Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 1 8366111, 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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