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Hore Abbey, Cashel

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Ruin Tourist Spot
Explore the ruins and rich history of Hore Abbey, an old Cistercian monastery originally founded by the Benedictine order in 1266. The abbey once served as a residence for monks, but Archbishop David McCarvill evicted them after having a dream that they would kill him. This was also the last pre-Reformation Cistercian foundation in Ireland. Take a moment to view the old gravestones and take in the views of the Rock of Cashel. You can walk through these ruins with unlimited access. Put Hore Abbey into our Cashel travel itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Cashel.
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  • For those who, like me, go to Cashel only for la Rocca, this beautiful Abbey would be a welcome surprise. You can get there either by Rocca, both from the city centre: the supplied information Office will give you the map. There is a path, known as "the Bishop's path", but now (August 2017) is not viable, because it passes through a construction site (hotel undergoing restoration). The area is open access, and a map at the entrance shows the use of several locals. I made a screenshot and I walked around with that. Is not very wide, but it's really interesting. The plant is easy to understand. Around the cloister there are remains of the decorations: much reduced, but suggest the disappearance lightness. Sunset is something extraordinary: I wouldn't be surprised it was used as a location in films.
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  • Hore Abbey is a fun place to explore with you family. Amazing photographic angles and views abound. My only wish is that there was a display that would better explain the history of the Abbey to help ...  more »
  • Close to the Castle, in the odkeglosci 15 minute walk you will find the ruins of the Abbey, interesting, certainly worth a visit.
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  • My family and I loved exploring these ruins. I think we spent close to an hour here, just looking around and taking pictures. Free and always open.
  • Beautiful place. Much less people than at the Rock of Cashel, and I enjoyed much more
  • What a great free attraction, wish they had a donation box to keep it up. Beautiful ruins and view of the Rock of Cashel. Quick walk through a cow field. Just imagining what it would have been like to spend time here is haunting. Georgeous and magical spot.
  • We got married here. It's open to the public and easy to access. Incredible views
  • Free entry. Amazing history. Watch out for cow pies.

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Where to stay in Cashel

Backpackers often seek out the hostel in Cashel, while other visitors tend to opt for a traditional bed and breakfast. If you're looking for a place from which to explore the town's medieval castle grounds, opt for accommodations in the heart of the town itself. You'll find several old guesthouses in the historical city center, and some hotels in this area offer real architectural intrigue. You can also get in touch with your outdoorsy side by pitching a tent at one of the local campgrounds.
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