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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  • Beautiful building with interesting cravings on the walls sitting on a hill overlooking the land far and wide. I enjoyed my short time there. Many thanks  more »
  • We got there and it was freezing. The wind was blowing. We opted for the guided tour and joined one in progress. I think it’s important to hear what one of the tour guides have to say. Without this ba...  more »
  • The Rock of Cashel sits on a high point in the area looking down on County Tipperary. It dominates the landscape and takes your breath away as you approach it. The walk up to the castle is steep but n...  more »
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  • Very cool with a lot of history. Audio visual presentation was very informative but the site was nothing like we expected after visiting some of the other historic sites in east ireland. It's big from the outside but not much to see inside. The graveyard and about half of what's left of the buildings was it. The very high arch in the main part of the ruins is very cool and hard to imagine people without tools or technology could build but that was the only wow factor if the whole place. If we didn't have the heritage card to get in for free then I would be very angry after driving all that was to see that.
  • Love the Rock of Cashel. Great ruins. Home of the kinds of Munster and first high king of Ireland, Brian Boru. Also check out Horse abbey, below the castle. If you can get there early in the morning, with mist clinging to the ruins, before anyone else gets there, it'll be one of the most haunting ruins you will ever see. 😁
  • Very impressive piece of history, you can really feel what it must have been like to live in this era. The castle is still in pretty good shape, though a few pieces have broken off. It actually gives you a chance to see a bit of the interior on the upper floors.
  • Amazingly beautiful. Very cold on top in the winter, particularly with the high winds which are typical here, so dress for it, as you'll want to stay and explore. There's only two buildings, but you'll still want to spend time here as they are beautiful - particularly the cathedral. Gorgeous views out over the land as well.
  • A cultural and humble experience. Especially for those professing faith in Jesus. The architecture was amazing and to see things older than the United States breathtaking. Go on a sunny day to make it your favorite stop in Ireland.
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