Plan your visit to Roscommon
Roscommon Town Interactive Heritage Tour
An Introduction to the Tour and details about a former Presbyterian Church built in 1863 which now serves as Roscommon’s County Museum and Tourist Office. It is named after the Great Famine era doctor, Dr John Harrison. The tourist office is located next to the Manse building, which is now Gleesons. We were delighted to have Mary Gleesons as a contributor.
Golfers can play a round at any of the three excellent 18 hole golf courses in the region – Roscommon Golf Club located in Roscommon town, Athlone Golf Club just 24km away and Glasson Golf Club 40km away. There is also a long established 9 hole golf course at Strokestown Golf Club, 29km away and very popular 9 hole course at Castlerea Golf Club.
Roscommon Golf Club was established in 1904 with a nine hole course set on the old Mote Park Estate. In 1991 the members bought an additional 58 acres of land extending the course to the current 18 holes. Over the years, members have endeavoured to enhance the course and facilities and today this 18 hole championship course offers members and visitors an enjoyable and challenging round of golf.
With so many scenic walking options, Roscommon is a perfect base to walk from. Loop walks and trails are both on offer, all meandering by pristine rivers, lakes, hillsides and a profusion of historical attractions.
Discover some of Roscommon’s hidden gems and idyllic natural scenery on the way marked trails: Suck Valley Way, Sliabh Bawn Recreational Trails, Mote Park Loop, Lough Key Forest Park and Castlecoote Loop. For more information on Roscommon’s many walking routes, click here.
We offer our guests complimentary bike hire so everyone can explore the peaceful and beautiful surrounding countryside. Take the opportunity to try cycling on the Green Heartlands cycle route, Lake O Flynn Bog cycle tour, Suck Valley Way, Arigna Miner’s Way and Sliabh Ban Walk.
If a spot of fishing takes your fancy, we’ve lots of options for you. Lanesborough, an ideal base for the pike and coarse angler is located on the main River Shannon at the northern end of Lough Ree which is a short 20 minute drive from Roscommon town,. A 20 minute drive North West of the county brings you to Boyle where pike, game and coarse angling waters are abundant in this relatively unspoilt and beautiful region. Some other waters to fish o include Lough Key, Lough Gara, Lough Arrow and the River Shannon.
The River Suck, famous for trout, runs through the village of Athleague which is a short 8km drive from Roscommon town. A further 3km takes you to the picturesque village of Castlecoote which has a trout sanctuary. Castlecoote Stores sells fish bait and other fishing supplies. Pablo from Gone Fishing can organise fishing tours and classes on the Suck and further afield.
Culture & Heritage
Roscommon is a county of surprises both contemporary and from yesteryear. It has a rich history and many hidden gems. High kings, stately houses, subterranean mine tours and a complex of over 200 ancient sites at a Rathcroghan World Heritage Site in the making are just a taste of what lies in store for the culturally curious.
As the birthplace of Percy French, Douglas Hyde and Matt Molloy, Roscommon has always had a strong affinity with culture, heritage and the arts. Visit today to discover a wealth of festivals, summer schools, performance, song and dance carrying on the tradition.
Roscommon Arts Centre is a short walk from Gleesons and boosts a dynamic and ambitious multi-disciplinary programme of events that creates and develops audiences for the arts and contributes to local arts development in County Roscommon.
Roscommon Lamb Festival
Roscommon Lamb Festival takes place each year on the May Bank Holiday and is all about a great fun filled family weekend. The festival is well established on the local calendar and it is thanks to the generosity of the voluntary committee members who have put in so much energy, time and talent into the running of the festival that it has survived and thrived. We, at Gleesons, are very proud to participate and support the Lamb Festival.
For all festival details, click here.
Roscommon Arts Centre
Roscommon Arts Centre is a vibrant purpose built arts space presenting a year round multi-disciplinary programme of events which includes theatre, music, comedy, dance, film, literature, visual art events, workshops and classes for young and old, visitor and local. This busy venue has a 194 seat theatre and also a visual art space and workshop area.
The diverse programme of events brings well known and much loved Irish artists to the county, along with international performers of excellent repute who share the spotlight with local/community groups providing colour and flair. For upcoming events at Roscommon Arts Centre, click here.
Located just 1km from Roscommon town, Roscommon Race Course boasts a Grade 2 National Hunt and Flat track and hosts race meetings throughout the year. Roscommon Races is a perfect mix of heart stopping spectacle and laid back charm. On race nights, Roscommon comes alive with an inimitable festival atmosphere.
For full list of race fixtures, click here.
Roscommon Leisure Centre
Conveniently located in Roscommon Town, Roscommon Leisure Centre offers excellent swimming and gym facilities for all ages and every fitness level. Whether you want to sweat it out in the gym, take advantage of the 25-metre main pool and 8-metre learner pool or just kick back and relax in the sauna and steam room – Roscommon Leisure Centre have everything you could need;
Guests at Gleesons enjoy 25% OFF your visit to Roscommon Leisure Centre.
Craic agus Ceol in Roscommon
Local pubs usually have regular traditional music sessions. During the COVID-19 restrictions these sessions are not taking place.