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Rathcroghan Visitor Centre
Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon
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Rathcroghan in the medieval village of Tulsk, County Roscommon, is part of the archaeological landscape of Cruachan Aí, the oldest and largest unexcavated royal site in Ireland. Explore the history of the area and discover the origins of Halloween at Rathcroghan Visitor Centre.

Discover the ancient royal site of Connacht, its associated monuments, wealth of ancient literature and mythology at Rathcroghan Visitor Centre in Tulsk, County Roscommon. Learn how the Iron Age and Medieval ancestors lived in this intriguing landscape, among its vast number of associated monuments. Visitors, young and old, are invited to bring Ireland’s past and legends to life, by exploring the interactive exhibits and audio visual presentations.

Rathcroghan Visitor Centre is home to Óenach Cruachain, a collection of 35 artefacts discovered within the Roscommon landscape, which previously resided in the National Museum of Ireland and were not accessible for public viewing. The collection represents the various aspects of the domestic, equestrian, feasting, ritual and, at times, brutal lives of our ancestors.

You will also find a replica of the Gortnacrannagh Idol standing in the Ogulla River as it runs by Rathcroghan Visitor Centre. The original pre Christian wooden idol was discovered during excavations at nearby Gortnacrannagh, and provides important insights into the beliefs and practices in the late Iron Age.

To truly appreciate the wealth of history, archaeology, legend and myth surrounding Rathcroghan, visitors have an opportunity to join one of the experienced archaeologists on a guided tour. Beginning at Rathcroghan Mound, this preserved historic landscape is further revealed through a combination of scientific research and medieval literature. The tour then continues to Oweynagat regarded as the home of Halloween and described as Ireland’s 'gate to hell' with a journey into the Irish Otherworld, for those who dare.

Why we like it
  • Explore archaeological sites in the lush Roscommon landscape.
  • See Iron Age tombs and learn how our ancestors lived.
  • Hear stories of the warrior Queen Medb.
  • Visit the legendary 'Gate to Hell' at Oweynagat.
Tips from locals

Cross the road and take a walk through the ruins of Tulsk Abbey, a 15th century Dominican priory built on the shores of the river where St Patrick is said to have converted the children of the High Kings of Ireland.

Contact details
Tulsk, Roscommon, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 2 to 3 hours here.

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