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The following are some highly recommended local attractions…


Strokestown is situated in a beautiful part of the county. Surrounded by many lakes, the town is noted for its wide streets. It is said that they were made this way because the second Lord Hartland wanted to make his village thoroughfare even wider than the Ringstrasse in Vienna. The town is home to many traditional pubs, some of which host traditional Irish music sessions.
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Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum

Strokestown Park House was built in the 1730s. In the 1970s the house was bought by an Irish firm, restored and is now open to the public to view. Located in the stable yards of Strokestown Park House, the Famine Museum commemorates the Great Famine of the 1840s. Between 1845 and 1850, approximately one fifth of the population of Ireland either died or emigrated when blight devastated the potato crop. The Museum, using extensive estate papers, explains the historical and social significance of the famine nationally.
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Strokestown Genealogy Centre

The County Roscommon Heritage & Genealogy Centre undertakes research into families resident in County Roscommon before 1900. The Centre is run by a community owned company and is affiliated to the Irish Family History Foundation. Situated at the west end of the main street of Strokestown, the centre has a broad base of genealogical data which includes church & civil records of births, marriages and deaths, land and census records and other historical materials.
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King House Interpretive House and Gardens

Located in Boyle, King House is a magnificently restored Georgian Mansion built around 1730 by Sir Henry King whose family were one of the most powerful and wealthy in Ireland. After its first life as a home, King House became a military barracks to the famous Connaught Rangers from 1788 until 1922. In more recent years King House has also been a barracks for the Irish Army. Even today there still remains an Army presence as the Reserve Defence Force are based in the West Wing of the House. Today visitors can explore the house and enjoy a range of exhibitions that offer an enchanting view of Ireland’s heritage and culture.
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Lough Key Forest Park

Located in a scenic and historical area of Roscommon, Lough Key consists of approximately 350 hectares comprising of forested areas and open parkland. Features include tunnels, a viewing tower, ice-house, bog garden and gazebo. There are also approximately 10 kms of forest walks taking in magnificent lake-shores, canal banks and trees.
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The Cruachan Aí Visitor Centre

Located in the nearby town of Tulsk, Cruachan was the pre-historic capital of Connacht and is reputedly the largest and best preserved Celtic Royal Site in Europe. It was a centre of ritual ceremony, inauguration of Kings and legendary home of Queen Medb, earth goddess and Warrior Queen. An amazing array of archaeological remains are located within a four mile radius of Tulsk village, dating from the Stone Age to the historic period and these are interpreted in the bright, modern exhibition rooms at Cruachan Aí Visitor Centre.
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River Shannon Cruises

Being just a short drive from the River Shannon opens up a world of activities for the visitor. Emerald Star Cruisers operate a base from Carrick-on-Shannon (12 miles from Grange Lodge) offering a gateway to some of the best cruising routes and spectacular scenery in Ireland – the waterways of the Shannon, the Boyle, the new Shannon-Erne canal, Lough Key and Lough Allen are perfect for both experienced and novice cruisers alike.
The luxurious cruiser ‘Moon River’, which seats 110 passengers and offers a full bar service and tasty snacks, operates daily trips departing from the quayside in Carrick-On-Shannon.
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There are a number of quality golf courses located within a short driving distance of Glendel.
Strokestown Golf Club is a 9 hole golf course situated beside Cloofinlough lake, just outside the town.
Boyle Golf Course is a 9 hole golf course located within 5 minutes of Boyle town-centre off the N61.
Carrick-on-Shannon boasts an impressive 18-hole parkland course.
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Grange Lodge is located in the coarse angling paradise of the west, surrounded by 65 lakes within a seven-mile. All the local lakes have an abundance of Pike, Perch, Bream, Rudd and some Tench. Several lakes are equipped with fishing stands. Boat rental on the adjacent lakes can be organised by your host.


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Arigna Mining Experience

With an exhibition area tracing 400 years of mining and a tour which actually takes you through what was a working mine, the whole experience is both educational and extremely intriguing for kids. All of the tour guides are ex-miners and are therefore able to relate a history of a life that no longer exists in a way which is both educational as well as being interesting.




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Boyle Abbey


Still regarded as the finest of the Cistercian churches to survive in Ireland with the majesty of the south arcade unparalleled elsewhere in the country.


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Castlecoote House

Castlecoote House, home of The Percy French Summer School & Festival, is an early Georgian Palladian house built on the grounds of a ruined 16th century castle overlooking the beautiful River Suck. It is surrounded by woodland and the pastoral countryside of County Roscommon, Ireland. Castlecoote House, circa 1690, was destroyed by fire in 1989. click to see more

Claypipe Visitors Centre

For almost 300 years, Knockcroghery lay at the centre of a thriving clay pipe industry. Clay pipes, or duídíns, were popular at wakes, where they were smoked, broken and laid on the grave of the departed. Production ceased when the village was burned by the Black & Tans in 1921, but today, Ethel Kelly is reviving the craft at her Claypipe Visitor Centre. Traditional craftsmanship renders each pipe a unique, authentic Irish craft-piece, and an excellent gift to take home. Check out this article by 'Turtle Bunbury' about The Burning of Knockcroghery in 1921. click to see more

Clonalis House

The approach to Clonalis House is through a set of magnificent gates along an avenue which meanders through pasture and woodland and then over looking a parkland of oak and copper beach trees, nestled in a crescent of cypress and redwood trees stands a grand Victorian residence regarded by many as one of Ireland’s most important historic properties. click to see more

Derryglad Folk Museum

No trip to the midlands is complete without a visit to the Derryglad Folk & Heriatge Museum, which is hidden in south Roscommon in a land of lakes and rivers. click to see more

Elphin Windmill

Originally built about 1730, by the local landowner, the Bishop of Elphin, Edward Synge, the Elphin Windmill was in ruin by the 1830s. It was restored to full working power and opened as a visitor attraction in 1996 and is the only fully restored windmill in the west of Ireland. It is probably the oldest windmill in Ireland. click to see more

Glendeer Open Farm

Large collection of native and exotic animals. The children can enjoy the playground while adults relax in the coffee shop.

Hell's Kitchen Museum and Park

A treasure-trove for enthusiasts and anyone interested in by-gone days. On display is the largest private collection in the country.

Dr. Douglas Hyde Interpretaive Centre

Dr. Hyde’s contribution to Ireland is highlighted in an exhibition with the use of informative charts, maps and photographs.

Roscommon Castle

Now in ruins, quadrangular in plan with rounded bastions at the corners and a double-towered entrance gate …
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Roscommon Museum

The museum has a unique collection of artefacts relating to the history of the county, the town and its people.

Suck Valley Development

Visitor Angling Conference Centre & Riverside Cafe based in Athleague, on the 100km Suck Valley Waymarked Way Walk where angling & walking holiday packages can be booked all year round.

Una Bhan Rural Tourism

Experience the art of cheese making, sheep shearing, brown bread making and visits to local sites.

Féile Frank Mc Gann

Annual memorial festival of Irish traditional music, song and dance which takes place every October in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. Féile Frank Mc Gann was established to honour the memory of one of Ireland’s best loved traditional Irish musicians, Frank Mc Gann. Frank, a bodhran player born in Lisalway, Co. Roscommon in 1923 and who sadly passed away in 2002 was renowned throughout the length and breadth of Ireland.

Strokestown International Poetry Festival

The annual Strokestown International Poetry Festival takes place over the first weekend in May and aims to provide a forum for excellence in poetry, of different types and in both English and Irish, and to create new audiences for poetry.
The weekend consists of readings from poets across the spectrum, well-known and new voices – approximately twenty readings over three days. Recent participants in the festival include; Maura Dooley, John Wedgwood Clarke, Penelope Shuttle, George Szirtes, Theo Dorgan, Paddy Bushe, Sheila O’Hagan, Peter Fallon, Seamus Heaney, Louis de Paor, Peter Sirr, Michael Schmidt, Vona Groarke, Padraig Rooney, Joseph Woods.
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