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Rathcroghan Visitor Centre
RathcroghanCo. Roscommon
Rathcroghan Visitor Centre 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.

Discover archaeological sites and protected national monuments in the Rathcroghan landscape. These vary from Stone Age tombs and royal burial mounds to great ring forts, ceremonial inauguration sites, and massive linear earthworks. Wander through this wealth of mythology, archaeology, history across the Roscommon landscape. Learn where our Iron Age and medieval ancestors lived and how they survived.

Explore Rathcroghan and medieval Tulsk through its year-round, award-winning interpretive exhibition rooms. Walk through the heritage and stories 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.

Climb to the top of the majestic and enigmatic Rathcroghan Mound before experiencing the legendary Oweynagat (Cave of the Cats), regarded as the official home of Halloween and described as Ireland’s 'gate to hell'.

Why we like it
  • Explore archaeological sites in the lush Roscommon landscape.
  • See Iron Age tombs and learn bout how they lived.
  • Hear stories of the warrior Queen Medb.
  • Visit the 'gate to hell' at Oweynagat.
  • Booking is required for the tours.
Local Tips

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

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