International Museum Day is a global celebration of the invaluable contributions museums make to society by preserving and showcasing our shared heritage. On this special occasion, we invite you to join us as we explore the vibrant museums across County Roscommon. Prepare to embark on a journey through time and immerse yourself in the captivating history, art, and traditions that make our county truly remarkable.

Rathcroghan Visitor Centre

Uncover the facinating landscapes and ancient tales at the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre. Immerse yourself in the rich mythology and archaeological wonders that have made County Roscommon legendary. From the epic stories of heroes and warriors to the mysteries of ancient Ireland, this centre brings history to life. Explore the sites and discover the allure of this captivating landscape.

Guests of Gleesons can now receive 15% off tickets at Rathcroghan, more information available after your booking is made on how to redeem this discount.

Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum

At Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum, you’ll discover a profound chapter of Irish history. The museum sheds light on the devastating Irish Famine and offers insights into the lives of those affected. The hauntingly poignant exhibits and meticulously restored park house give visitors a glimpse into the struggles faced by our ancestors. It’s a poignant reminder of their resilience and a testament to the indomitable human spirit.

Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum Exhibition

Arigna Mining Experience

Delve deep into the heart of Roscommon’s industrial heritage at the Arigna Mining Experience. This unique underground adventure takes you through the lives of coal miners who toiled beneath the surface. Experience the harsh conditions, hear their stories, and gain a newfound appreciation for the hardships they endured. The Arigna Mining Experience is a testament to the resilience and determination of our local communities.

Arigna Mining Experience underground tour

King House

The King House in a restored Georgian Mansion in Boyle, County Roscommon. This grand edifice, with its imposing facade and regal presence, has long been an emblem of power and authority. Built in the 18th century, it served as the residence of the influential King family and later a barracks to the Connaught Rangers. The house itself showcases exquisite Georgian architecture, adorned with intricate details and graceful proportions. Today, the King House serves as a captivating museum, inviting visitors to step back in time and explore the lives and stories of those who once called it home. It also displays important cultural collections and Irish history exhibitions.

King house Boyle Exhibitions

These are only three of the many places in Roscommon that are home to important local history, make sure to also explore our castles, ruins and parks where our heritage and traditions thrive.

Places of interest:

  • Lough Key Forest Park: Rockingham Remembered Self Guided Tour
  • Derryglad Folk Museum
  • Boyle Abbey
  • Roscommon Castle
  • Loughnaneane Sculpture Trail (Adjacent to Roscommon Castle)
  • Roscommon County Museum
  • Castlerea Railway Museum
  • John Mc Gahern Barracks
  • Douglas Hyde Interpretive Centre

As we celebrate International Museum Day, let’s take a moment to appreciate the incredible museums that grace County Roscommon. These cultural institutions play a vital role in preserving our history and heritage. From the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre to Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum, Arigna Mining Experience, King House and many more, each destination offers a unique perspective on the vibrant tapestry of our past.

Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, these museums provide an opportunity to explore, learn, and be inspired. We would love to welcome you on your next visit to Roscommon to explore these wonderful sites, book your stay with us at Gleesons and be right at the heart of it all.