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- Arigna Mining Experience
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Arigna Mining Experience
Lough Key Forest Park
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Arigna Mining Experience: If you are looking for a day out with a difference, The Arigna Mining Experience is like no other heritage site in Ireland. Take an underground tour in a disused coal tunnel with a former miner as your guide where you can see the narrowest coal seams in the western world. Over 400 years of mining heritage in the Arigna Valley is brought back to life through the use of exhibitions, audio visual presentations and a demonstration of the different extraction methods. The authentic lighting and sound effects throughout the mine add to the reality of the experience.
Rathcroghan Royal Site: Rathcroghan is the ancient heart of the West of Ireland. It is the home of the Warrior Queen Medbh, the Goddess of War, as well as being the origin for the festival of Halloween. The Rathcroghan Complex, with over 200 ancient monuments, is the historical royal capital of Connacht. The Visitor Centre, in the Medieval village of Tulsk, provides professional guided tours, maps and advice; family friendly activities, workshops and special events, and full café facilities. Whether your interest is History, Genealogy, Literature, Archaeology, Heritage, Spirituality, or Mythology, you will find something here that will capture your imagination.
Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum: Strokestown Park is a unique visitor attraction comprising Strokestown Park House, walled pleasure gardens and the National Famine Museum. A tour of The House gives an intimate insight into life in The Big House, upstairs and downstairs. The Irish National Famine Museum tells a different story and highlights the disparities between social classes during a tragic chapter of Irish History.
Lough Key Forest Park: This historic forest outside the town of Boyle contains a bunch of attractions with a lakeside centre providing an ideal gateway for gentle leisurely activities or more energetic pursuits in the Park. Featuring unique group activities such as the Boda Borg experience and zip lining, to walking and cycling routes, this area will be of interest to adults and kids of all ages.
Roscommon Castle: Just outside Roscommon town, this impressive 13th Century Norman Castle has a chequered history, having been besieged, blown up and burned down over the centuries. Today, you can explore this past while enjoying the adjacent 14 acre Loughnaneane Park and Playground.
Boyle Abbey: An impressive and well preserved Monastery which was founded in the 12th century. Though mutilated during the 17th and 18th centuries when it used to accommodate a military garrison, Boyle Abbey nevertheless retains its ability to impress the visitor as one of the most formidable of the early Cistercian foundations in Ireland. A restored gatehouse of 16th/17th century houses a fascinating exhibition.
Rindoon Village and Walking Trails: Rindoon is an abandoned medieval village and a walker's delight. It is home to Warren Point and Castle Looped Walking Trails which have opened up this tranquil farmland peninsula to the interested visitor. Walking here, you get a sense that past and present are closely interleaved. You will be captivated by the fascinating remains of an Anglo-Norman castle and walled town.
Tullyboy Farm: This real working farm is a great family day out in a safe environment. There is a whole range of activities available, including miniature tractor barrel rides, straw dives for goodies, a playground, indoor and outdoor picnic areas, a large indoor sandpit and toy tractor run. There is also a petting zoo featuring puppies, piglets, Llamas, Alpaca, Emu, and lots more.
Elphin Windmill: This fully restored 18th-century tower mill in Elphin is one of the oldest operational windmills in Ireland. Built around 1740, the mill provided corn meal for people in the area for almost a century, before falling into disuse. The windmill was reopened in 2000 and is a community run project that demonstrates how the mill, as well as other agricultural equipment, were operated in times past.
Roscommon County Museum and Tourist Office: To get a good overview of this county and its’ history, a visit to Roscommon Museum is recommended. Located in a former Presbyterian Church the museum houses many exhibits about the town and the county. Items of interest include a 9th Century inscribed slab from St. Coman’s foundation, a dugout prehistoric canoe; and a fascinating example of a ‘sheela-na-gig’ figure from Rahara. The Roscommon Tourist Information Office is also housed in the same building and is open from May to September.