If you're lucky enough to live in Roscommon or just coming for a visit then we’ve put together some great day out ideas to inspire you.
Are you're feeling fearless this Holloween? Then put your nerves to the test by celebrating Samhain at Rathcroghan Visitor Centre on Friday 28th October, with a special dusk guided tour of Oweynagat - the Cave of the Cats and legendary home of Halloween. It's guaranteed to be a very spooky adventure.
Visit the theatre - the Roscommon Arts Centre has an impressive events programme for all ages including theatre, art exhibitions, workshops and films. The kids will love the Halloween themed Lego stop motion workshop. Learn how to make a spooky set, create a zombie invasion and then have your favourite Lego character save the day!
Did you know.. Roscommon suffered the most of any county during the Great Hunger, more people died or were deported than any other place in Ireland.
The Famine Museum at Strokestown Park House has now become one of the most popular places to visit. Find out about The Great Irish famine of the 1840′s which is now regarded as the single greatest social disaster of 19th century Europe. Make sure to read the collection of documents that were discovered in the estate office, they include many haunting pleas from starving tenants on the estate and the response they received.
You could also visit your local library to pick up some books for yourself or encourage the kids to lose a few hours beside a cosy fire as they delve into another world. Even better, make a day of it and visit some of the beautiful towns and villages in Roscommon along the way.
If you visit Arigna why not go to the Arigna Mining Experience the highlight is an underground tour with an ex-miner as your guide. Visitors gain a first-hand glimpse of an unimaginably dangerous life in the old coal mines. Whether working by candlelight, squeezing themselves into precarious gashes or pummelling the coal with pneumatic picks, theirs was one tough life. The lighting and sound effects make this a unique underground experience.
Wrap up warm and venture outside and meander through the woods. Get the kids to pick up a few conkers on the way round. Lough Key Forest Park has some old servants’ tunnels (pictured) which can be spooktacular at this time of year. To discover some of our favourite walks suitable for all ages and abilities read our blog post on the best walks in Roscommon.
Roscommon has always known how to carry a tune. It’s no coincidence that Roscommon is the birthplace of Percy French, Matt Molloy of The Chieftains, legendary bodhrán player Frank McGann, and the burial place of harpist, Turlough O’Carolan. So, if it's music and craic you're looking for over the bank holiday weekend you'll find plenty in Roscommon, Castlerea and other towns and villages, waterfront ambience at mooring points along the River Shannon, and warm hearths and great tunes at our toasty country pubs.
You can visit our website for more information. Also check out Roscommon’s community tourism centres run by locals which will provide all the information you need about the county’s attractions and give you the insiders view to have a fantastic stay in the county.