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

Re-opening 2020

 In line with Government COVID-19 protocol, we have reopened the visitor centre and Táin Café - Rathcroghan Visitor Centre .

Here at Rathcroghan we aim to provide a continuing high standard of service, but please bear with us in these extremely challenging times, as we all adjust to the new normal.

Museum and Tours:

Our museum will be open as per usual, with a maximum capacity in place and one-way system in operation.

We urge all interested in our guided sites tour to please reserve their tour at https://rathcroghan.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e377f89439b836047bf04946b&id=ba3cf99517&e=69781e2788

Our guided sites tours will be operational once again, however, we are unable to offer transport as part of the tour at this time, and would urge all visitors to provide their own motor transport.

Unfortunately, we will currently not be providing guided entry into Oweynagat cave, in order to keep in line with social distancing protocols.

Shop & Café:

We have clearly defined entrances and exits from our facility, please follow these directions into and out of Rathcroghan Visitor Centre. We have reduced our café seating capacity in line with COVID-19 restrictions, so please be patient as we cater for you. A takeaway service will also be available.

Opening Hours:

For the remainder of the current season the Visitor Centre will be open to the public on Monday – Saturday ONLY from 9.15am with last museum entry at 4pm. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Looking forward to getting our summer started in beautiful Roscommon!

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.


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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