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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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  • There are so many castles in Ireland so it can seem overwhelming when planning your trip as to which are "Can't Miss" and which are ok to skip. We did some research and thought we had a good idea when...  more »
  • It's worth stopping at the visitor centre to find out which pubs will issue you a free pass to the Rock of Cashel when you spend around 15 euros per head. The rock is impressive in size and has nice v...  more »
  • beutifull remains some preserved and some not. we took the guided tour so we could understand what we see and it was realy impresed. must visit  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very interesting Castle ruins. Skip the guided tour and read Rick Steve's tour instead to stay ahead of the crowd. Amazing views on a sunny day!
  • This was one of my favorite castles I visited in Ireland. Sits atop of a hill with a great view of the countryside. They had a free tour we joined which was very educational. The only bummer was that we couldn't go inside because of the restoration but I still enjoyed my visit.