Rathcroghan Visitor Centre
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Grange, Tulsk, Castlerea, Roscommon,
Rathcroghan Visitor Centre is located in the medieval village of Tulsk, County Roscommon. The village is located 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 ceremonial inauguration sites and massive linear earthworks. All of this is spread over a 6.5 kilometre square 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 its year round, award-winning interpretive exhibition rooms, where you will walk into the stories, archaeology and history of Connacht’s prehistoric royal capital. Tread across this ancient landscape, in the footsteps of the great Warrior Queen Medb, who ruled all of Connacht from her home at 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 Mórrígan, 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 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.
The Rathcroghan Archaeological landscape has been nominated to the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status. A community project, which opened in 1999, the centre runs regular events, workshops and activities throughout the year.
Terms and conditions:
Please note all sites tours are weather dependent, and tours may be cancelled due to inclement conditions. Full refund will be provided in these cases. Please bring appropriate outdoor clothing. Cave entry requires suitable attire, as it is very wet and muddy. To partake of the tour you will require your own motor transport.