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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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • Superb building view of l exterieur.on s expected to be amazed too bad inside a ruin and a cemetery
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  • Fascinating historic site. We did our own tour rather than with the guide, spent a good 90 mins checking out the architecture and graves, had hoped to spot something spooky but didn't, according to the receptionist there have been a few sightings of child ghosts in stairwells and chapel. Was quite cold and gift shop was closed. Nearest parking is €4.50 which I thought was very steep. Admission was well worth €8.
  • Very interesting historic site that offers free tours on the half hour (12:30, 1:30, etc.) with a paid admission. There is an interesting 20 minute video at various times in various languages throughout the day. Take a walk through the castle on your own to see and take pictures before the tour. Alternatively, if you visit participating locations downtown and spend 15 euros, you can get 2 free admissions.
  • Rock of Cashel is a must see if you are in that part of Ireland. It is a beautiful ruins with some well preserved architectural features, a round tower and many high crosses. The views of the surrounding countryside are beautiful. Be sure to visit the Abbey just below the Rock as well.
  • It was so awesome to come on a fairly clear day off season. We were one of very few people there leading up to sunset and were able to get some great photos. Totally worth a stop!
  • Great view. It has a very small museum, but after 30min you've seen whats there to see. Cool little wool product shop right next to it.

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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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