Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Strokestown

Strokestown Park

At the end of Strokestown's main avenue, triple Gothic arches lead to Strokestown Park House. The original 120-sq-km estate was granted by King Charles II to Nicholas Mahon for his support in the English Civil War. …
Top Choice Mine in Boyle & Around

Arigna Mining Experience

Ireland's first and last coal mine (1600s to 1990) is remembered at the Arigna Mining Experience, set in the hills above Lough Allen. The highlight is the 40-minute underground tour, which takes you 400m down to the…
Top Choice Museum in Roscommon Town

Roscommon County Museum

Set in a former Presbyterian church (1863), this volunteer-run museum has an idiosyncratic collection, including an inscribed 9th-century slab from St Coman's monastery and a superb medieval sheila-na-gig. The unusu…
Historic Site in Strokestown

Rathcroghan

Anyone with an interest in Celtic mythology will be enthralled by this area around the village of Tulsk. It contains 60 ancient national monuments including standing stones, barrows, huge cairns and monumental fortr…
Park in Boyle & Around

Lough Key Forest Park

Sprinkled with small islands, Lough Key Forest Park has long been popular for its picturesque ruins, including a 12th-century abbey on tiny Trinity Island and a 19th-century castle on Castle Island. It's also a time…
Historic Building in Boyle & Around

Boyle Abbey

Gracing the River Boyle is the finely preserved (and reputedly haunted) Boyle Abbey. Founded in 1161 by monks from Mellifont in County Louth, the abbey captures the transition from Romanesque to Gothic style, best s…
Historic Building in Boyle & Around

King House Interpretive Centre

Sinister-looking dummies tell the turbulent history of the Connaught kings, the town of Boyle and the King family, including a grim tale of tenant eviction during the Famine. Kids can try on replica Irish cloaks, br…
Ruins in Roscommon Town

Roscommon Castle

The impressive ruins of the town's Norman castle stand alone in a field to the north of town, beautifully framed by the landscaped lawns and small lake of the new town park. Built in 1269, the castle was almost imme…
Historic Building in Roscommon Town

Roscommon Dominican Priory

At the south end of town, the remains of a 13th-century priory are almost hidden behind a primary school. It merits a quick visit for its unusual 15th-century carving of eight gallóglí ('gallowglasses', mercenary so…
Historic Site in Boyle & Around

Drumanone Dolmen

This astonishing portal dolmen, one of the largest in Ireland, measures 4.5m by 3.3m and was constructed before 2000 BC. It can be tricky to find: follow Patrick St west and then the R294 out of town for 5km, until …