Roscommon County

Rathcroghan Complex:

Situated close to Tulsk, Rathcroghan is one of the paramount archaeological sites to exist within Ireland. It has been termed as the “ancient capital of Connacht” and enjoys the rare title of being one of the “royal sites” in Gaelic Ireland. It contains more than 240 prehistoric sites, which consist of different graves, ring forts, and other ceremonial structures. Guided and information-packed tours are on offer from the Visitor Centre, focusing on the history of the site and its importance to Irish mythology, especially its links with Queen Medb and the epic Táin Bó Cúailnge.

Roscommon Castle:

One of the best examples of a 13th-century Norman castle, echoing the greatness and importance of those times in its part. Today the castle is in a ruined state, though two large drum towers, somehow reflecting their former greatness and importance, have survived. The castle’s park today has a public character; tourists who would like to go for a walk, take a rest while having a picnic, or.

Strokestown Park House and National Famine Museum:

This forms a perfectly preserved Palladian mansion that houses the story of a shocking episode in Irish history, whereby intimate portrayals of gentry life can be got, and those of the peasantry throughout the 19th century. The connected National Famine Museum is even more emotional, filled with exhibits detailing the effects of the Great Famine on Ireland with original documents and estate artifacts.

Lough Key Forest and Activity Park:

This is a large parkland hosting a variety of outdoor activities set amidst dramatic settings. Features here comprise the Lough Key Experience—a walking-and-boat tour featuring history, flora, and fauna of the park—and the Boda Borg adventure house, along with zip lines, scenic walking and cycling trails around the lake.

Boyle Abbey:

A 12th-century Cistercian monastic site that is beautifully preserved and represents an architectural masterpiece, which reflects the transition of styles from Romanesque to Gothic very well. Guided tours and exhibits summarize former activities of the resident monks.

King House:

First built at the start of the 18th century, this newly refurbished Georgian mansion is located in Boyle. The former military barracks is now a museum narrating the story of the house, local region, and the families who lived here with an interesting exhibition about the Connaught Rangers.

Elphin Windmill:

This is an 18th-century windmill; the complete mill was restored to working order, being one of the oldest and best-preserved mills in Ireland. It was once a working windmill, though today visitors can enter and explore inside to learn both its history and mechanical workings while enjoying the surrounding rural landscape.

Clonalis House:

The ancestral home to the O’Conor family since time immemorial, Clonalis House holds a most comprehensive private collection of historical manuscripts, artifacts, and portraits. Guided house tours delve into family history, including those that trace the broader heritage of the Irish nobility.

These attractions epitomize how County Roscommon has managed to blend its historical depth with the natural beauty on offer, providing the visitor a full and rich experience that spans through the many centuries of Irish history and culture.