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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. 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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  • Cashel is a most attractive town in South Tipperary. The Rock dominates and is well worth a visit for the insight into the religious and political history of Ireland. St Patrick is said to have visite...  more »
  • Sitting atop the town on a beautiful green hill, the Rock of Cashel is impressive even before you get inside. It is actually a cluster of ecclesiastical buildings as opposed to a castle, as we learned...  more »
  • The ruins are amazing and the views are just beautiful!, so happy we stopped and explored. The inside was closed when we got there, so no charge, but we were still able to walk around. They offer a to...  more »
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  • Beautiful castle with well shown history. They renovate often to preserve it's beauty which is spectacular! Even if you don't go along with a tour guide, the information is right there for you. The views from the rock are breath taking as it overlooks the village. A must-visit!
  • Been to the rock of cashel three times now with different family members. It is a lovely experience for sure. Stunning views of the landscape, loads of history, and a very nice guided tour. I'm a student so the entry I believe was 4 euro which I have no problem paying concidering the huge amount of restoration they are doing currently. Highly recommend!!
  • Beautiful architecture, beautiful views, rich history. It is worth seeing. There were a lot of tourists. Ticket - 7EUR. I was there 11.06.2016.
  • This should be in your top 5 list of things to do in Ireland. Our guide was from Cashel and knew a lot about the history of the place. She was engaging and entertaining. The Rock is really a series of churches, chapels, and religious building built over the centuries from an early (1100s) round tower. The restoration project was near completion when we arrived and by October (2016), the scaffolding should be done so you can view the Rock without the (necessary) eyesore. The Rock has one of the best examples of Hyberian-Roman architecture still standing. And the views of the surrounding countryside are worth walking up the Rock alone!
  • Took an Irish day tour for Cork and Blarney 55 euro with the BEST tour guide Joseph Mulligan. INCREDIBLY knowledgeable. The drive is so entertaining you dont realize the time flying by. It's an all day trip if youre interested. I usually dont do tours but getting the history on this beautiful landmark is absolutely worth it.