What's nearby
Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon
Rainy days
Free car parking
Pre-booking essential
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.

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 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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