Roscommon Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by socheid
  • Things to Do
    by socheid
  • Things to Do
    by socheid

Roscommon Things to Do

  • WhispersWest's Profile Photo
    Boyle Abbey

    by WhispersWest Updated Apr 4, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Boyle Abbey is breathtaking when seen from the road. Take the time to stop and explore her Ruins and you will find yourself astonished!

    Boyle Abbey is a Cistercian Abbey circa 1161. It is the most wholy intact example of a Cistercian Abbey in all of Ireland. The carvings in its arch and across its walls, still clearly defined, make you appreciate the stone masons and their art.

    A restored gatehouse of 16th/17th century houses an exhibition which is well worth the time taken to walk through.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • WhispersWest's Profile Photo
    Arigna Mining Experience 1 more image

    by WhispersWest Updated Jan 16, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    ARIGNA MINING EXPERIENCE

    Taking the mine tour awakens one to the perils faced by those who work underground. I was not enthusiastic, at first, about touring a mine but went because the Roscommon Council members were eager that I see it.

    It is hard to articulate the feelings that I experienced while taking the tour. It isn't like walking down into an empty hole and, as you walk, listening to a montone Tour guide drone on endlessly. The tour is guided and narrated by someone who prevously worked in the mine. The mine feels alive and you can almost hear the workers of the past.

    The exhibit area inside gives you a look at mining there for the past 400 years. 400 years ago is hard to fathom for some people.

    It is a hidden gem, that, should you find yourself in the area, you will not be disappointed.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Archeology

    Was this review helpful?

  • WhispersWest's Profile Photo
    Strokestown Park  House 1 more image

    by WhispersWest Updated Jan 16, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Strokestown Park Famine Museum is a must see for anyone wanting to better understand the struggles through which the Irish people survived leading up to, during and after the time of the Famine. As you move from room to room, you follow a timeline which leads you along through the entire period.

    It helped me to better understand why some people migrated to the states and never again looked back to Ireland. It also helped me to understand the fierce loyalty quietly exhibited by those whose ancestors stayed and persevered. It also helps one to realize that no matter what country you find yourself in, poverty has touched them at some time and still has its finger or hand in the fiber of the country.

    To revive your sense of beauty, spend some time in the Strokestown gardens. The 4 acre 18th century walled pleasure garden has been fully restored to its' original splendour. It's piece de resistance is its' herbaceous border which is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest herbaceous border in Britain & Ireland. You can also take a guided tour of Strokestown Park House which is an 18th century mansion which has been faithully restored. It is unique in that it retains its original furnishings.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Roscommon Hotels

Roscommon Restaurants

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo

    by sourbugger Written May 18, 2010

    A straightforward sort of a place selling the usual range of coffees, teas, salads, sandwiches and rolls. Soup, light bites and the usual fattening cakes..

    Nothing unusual in that, cafes are two a penny in Ireland. The difference is that this place by it's layout, nuce lazy couches combined with more formal tables and a warm friendly welcome all combine to produce a mildly hippy and womb-like cocoon of warm fuzzy vibes.

    (that's enough flowery language -ugh). In my defence how do you say something new about a common or garden cafe ?

    Fair prices too.

    Was this review helpful?

  • WhispersWest's Profile Photo
    Purple Onion Pub 1 more image

    by WhispersWest Written Nov 14, 2006

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Purple Onion Bar & Restaurant is owned and operated by two chefs - Paul Dempsey and Pauline Roe. The emphasis is firmly based on good food and drink and they offer a quality product in a well thought and maintained bar.

    Meals are down-to-earth and unfussy, they concentrate here on traditional favourites. The servings are generous and the prices are wallet-friendly.

    The staff is warm and friendly, attentive without being overly so.

    The artwork which adorns its walls is a mixture of the typical pub art and the anything but typical variety of art created by local artists

    Favorite Dish: The steak which we had there in July was so tender that you only needed a butter knife for it. It came with a blue cheese butter which enhanced the flavors of the beef marvelously

    They actually offer salad with their meals! The lettuce was crisp and cold, the tomatoes flavorful and the dressing, a vinagrette, was light and delicious.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Seniors

    Was this review helpful?

  • Roscommon Hotels

    7 Hotels in Roscommon

    604 Reviews and Opinions

Roscommon Nightlife

  • WhispersWest's Profile Photo
    Doorly's - Mighty Good Craic

    by WhispersWest Written Nov 14, 2006

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Doorly's is located across the square from Gleeson's TownHouse. It is one of several Pubs along the main street. However, Doorly's stands out because of the friendliness of the Owner and of the local characters who are fixtures there.

    John Doorly has Traditional sessions on Friday nights. If you want a seat, come early, as the place fills up quickly.

    I hadn't been in to Doorly's in a year's time and yet when I stepped in the door, he greeted us as old friends and poured up our drink order from memory. This year, we weren't able to get in on Trad night. We had asked Mr. Doorly to pass on to one of the musicians our regrets for not meeting up. Mr. Doorly called him whilst we were there, spent twenty minutes trying to track him down. Imagine our surprise and delight when the musician we were looking for showed up the next week at a children's hour at the local library.

    Related to:
    • Singles
    • Seniors
    • Music

    Was this review helpful?

Roscommon Off The Beaten Path

  • WhispersWest's Profile Photo
    Vikings! Hide the Women and Children

    by WhispersWest Updated Apr 4, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    "Vikings have once again invaded Ireland and you are on board and directly responsible!", with that announcement the cruise along the Shannon began.

    You sail down along the Shannon and into Lough Ree on a Viking Long Boat! Surrounded by Captain and crew in full Viking dress! You can even dress the part, yourself! The narrated cruise which I took up to Clonmacnoise is one which I will never forget.

    Fair warning, take plenty of pictures, as many people back home will accuse you of imbibing a bit too much on your trip when you tell them you went for a sail with Vikings!

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Seniors
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Roscommon

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

82 travelers online now

Comments

Roscommon Travel Guide
Map of Roscommon

View all Roscommon hotels