Rock of Cashel, Cashel

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Local mythology claims Rock of Cashel, a limestone hill crowned by a group of medieval buildings, came into existence when Saint Patrick banished Satan from a cave in a nearby mountain. Kings of Munster lived here for several centuries before the Norman invasion, adding structures to fortify their hilltop seat of power. Little structural evidence of that time remains, as the oldest building still standing on the rock is a round tower constructed sometime in the 12th century. Next to the tower stands a Romanesque chapel, Gothic cathedral, and a 15th century castle. Before you stroll here from the town of Cashel, check the website for a downloadable leaflet providing a brief history and a map of this historical site. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Rock of Cashel and many more Cashel attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Cashel trip itinerary planner.
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  • The tour was amazing! Our tour guide Patricia was super knowledgable and really friendly and she made the whole experience really lovely and interesting. Would really recommend! And if you can get... 
    The tour was amazing! Our tour guide Patricia was super knowledgable and really friendly and she made the whole experience really lovely and interesting. Would really recommend! And if you can get...  more »
  • Do not miss this gem! Our Airbnb had an amazing direct view of this site. It is absolutely gorgeous lit up at night! Tour was 100% worth it and don't miss the extra tour of McCormic's Chapel! 
    Do not miss this gem! Our Airbnb had an amazing direct view of this site. It is absolutely gorgeous lit up at night! Tour was 100% worth it and don't miss the extra tour of McCormic's Chapel!  more »
  • Such a beautiful castle.. from Tipperary at grandma's we went to Cashel and Cahir (and went to shopping centre in Cashel) and Saw these castles, thats the reason we went here! we went all around... 
    Such a beautiful castle.. from Tipperary at grandma's we went to Cashel and Cahir (and went to shopping centre in Cashel) and Saw these castles, thats the reason we went here! we went all around...  more »
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  • Phenomenal! It is one of the ruins that we enjoyed most! It is on a hill and the parking is at the foot of the hill. A short wait for the tickets (€8) and you are in! I would recommend the tour as the guide walks you through and tells the story of this grand structure. The old wall scripts are protected but visible to the public. It is amazing how much is preserved for us to see and enjoy. Definitely take your time and walk around. There is another ruin down the hill which is also amazing to visit. You can take the short cut through the grass field or you can take the paved walk around the Cashel grounds. Recommend both! Great site!
  • Went in late September, it was beautiful and very fascinating. Chapel tour was the highlight, it’s very ornate inside and has a rich history. Favorite castle in Ireland because of its historical significance and impressive architecture.
  • After having lived near it for so long, was only after I immigrated and returned for a holiday when I visited it for the first time with my partner, and was both intrigued and proud hearing the detailed history from the lovely tour guide Patrick. He had a wealth of information and patiently answered all our questions, even offering to take photos of us. Can't recommend it enough, for both locals and tourists.
  • Great to be able to see this up close. We had an amazing sunny day which made the experience very pleasant. But probably on an overcast day or even a rainy one would make this experience creepier and still feel amazing. Recommend walking the grounds and even going to the abbey at the bottom of the hill where it was deserted and really cool to see too. That part is free if you just wish to go there.
  • One of the largest castles in Ireland, so can't be missed. As such, it can be a bit busy so expect a crowd. The hill walking up is a bit steep, so keep mindful for seniors or physically challenged folks. But once you're up, it is amazing to see an 800yr old castle - and one of the best parts are the views out to the countryside. You will not be disappointed!

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