Rock of Cashel, Cashel

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. Before you head to Cashel, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Cashel travel itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Cashel has to offer, including Rock of Cashel.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This church mountain is worth a trip. These ruins are from the middle ages on the decay. It is admirable how well preserved are the Gebäutlichkeiten. Interesting is also the film screening.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We drove up and there was good parking but it is up a small hill so be aware if walking. We took the free english language guided tour which was very good and well worth the time, giving us a good ins...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Superb building view of l exterieur.on s expected to be amazed too bad inside a ruin and a cemetery
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  • July 2, 2017
    One of the most iconic and beautiful historical ruins in Ireland. It's also one of the most visited so it's key to get here within the first half hour of opening. We did and it made our visit very special. As we were leaving, loads of tour busses of people were arriving, which made it nearly impossible for them to enjoy this magical place. We stayed at a B&B across the street so were also able to walk around the outside of Rock of Cashel at night, which was gorgeous!
  • June 15, 2017
    This stunning "ruin " has been a holy place for centuries! It is beautifully preserved, so you can imagine daily life for the people who lived here through the ages. The remaining stone walls soar to the sky as if in prayer, with no roof to block the divine light (Or rain). The grounds are simply gorgeous, with a classic ancient Celtic cemetery, complete with a crematorium. The gently rolling hills of green are dotted with sheep, and the view of the Abby took my breath away. This was one of my favorite places in Ireland!
  • July 2, 2017
    A piece of ancient history. Its worth a look but last few years there has been so much restoration some parts have been closed off or covered in scaffolding. When I went the only things to look at were the movie which was not very informative and walk around ground as whole interior was closed off.
  • May 16, 2017
    I expect so much more from Irish landmarks. Don't bother going unless you can get on one of their guided tours, last one at 3:30. These buildings have stood for hundreds of years, but not one sign about what you are seeing. The a/v show only hints about this and other sights in the area. 50 c gets you a waste of a map. The staff are all too bored to assist. Even the car park was terrible. It took a half hour to exit because the machine only took exact coins and no bills or credit card so everyone had to scramble to find enough change. An absolute waste of €21 (per couple parking, admission, guide map). The town was nicer to view.
  • May 3, 2017
    What a beautiful castle! We were unable to get inside because we missed the doors closing by 5-minutes, they promptly close at 4:45pm so get there if you can. Even without going in we got amazing pictures from outside and it was a good stop between Cork and Kilkenny. This can be a high tourist spot so try to go first thing in the morning or as late in the day as you can. Even pulling up late there were a few tour buses that came in to unload, only to find out the castle was closed for the day.

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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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