Things To Do With Kids In Roscommon
From exciting activity parks to railway memorabilia to stepping back in time at a grand house, we’ve picked out ten amazing places to visit in Roscommon with the kids.
#1. Cruachan Aí
Visit Cruachan Aí and discover The Rathcroghan Complex, one of Ireland’s Celtic Royal Sites. It has a long and mysterious history, filled with myths and legends, gods, ghosts and demons, and the fates of Ireland’s royalty through the ages.
Rathcroghan Visitor Centre has interpretive rooms, where you can see how the Iron Age and Medieval Irish dressed, what they ate, where they lived, and what they believed in. You can go on a tour of the unique monuments from the mysterious ritual centre of Rathcroghan Mound, to the infamous Oweynagat, (Uaimh na gCat – the Cave of the Cats) entrance to the Irish Otherworld. There’s a café and shop on site.
#2. Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum
Strokestown Park House, a Georgian Palladian mansion, was the family home of the Pakenham Mahon family and is built on the site of the 16th century castle, home of The O Conor Roe Gaelic Chieftains. It is unique in that it retains its original furnishings and professionally guided tours give an intimate insight into life in The Big House, upstairs and downstairs.
The six acre walled pleasure gardens have been restored to their original splendour and with features such as the herbaceous border, the fernery, lily pond, Victorian rose garden, pergola, peach house, and more. There are outdoor trails and activity sheets for kids to pick up and do while visiting.
The Irish National Famine Museum tells a different story and highlights the parallels between a tragic chapter of Irish History and contemporary global hunger. It was refurbished in Summer 2022 and is now a state-of-the-art Museum for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
In addition, a brand new Woodland Café has been added, so you really can spend a whole day here!
For those looking for a walking adventure, you can follow the National Famine Way a unique trail that follows in the footsteps of 1,490 famine emigrants who left Strokestown in 1847. The trail runs from Strokestown to Custom House Quay in Dublin and can be undertaken in sections.