Hore Abbey, Cashel

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 trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 12, 2017
    We throughly enjoyed exploring around the Abbey. Well worth a visit and more exciting for young kids than the neighbouring Rock Of Cashel. Stunning views of the rock from the Abbey too!  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    An old abbey a short walk across the fields from the Rock of Cashel and giving lovely views back over the Rock. Worth the extra bit of a walk and a nice contrast to the busy Rock. A good spot to sit i...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Of this ancient Abbey, founded by the Cistercians in the second half of the thirteenth century, today only remnants of some circles, including the Church, the cloister and the Chapter House.
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  • July 7, 2017
    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.
  • July 1, 2017
    Beautiful place. Much less people than at the Rock of Cashel, and I enjoyed much more
  • April 19, 2017
    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.
  • May 12, 2017
    We got married here. It's open to the public and easy to access. Incredible views
  • June 11, 2017
    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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