Rock of Cashel, Cashel

Castle · Landmark
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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  • It is one of the most magnificent castles I have ever seen. A true treasure to be able to see up close. The town of cashel had a great ambience and we stopped in a local bakery/cafe to refuel called.....  more »
  • There's is not much to the old castle but the view from "The Rock" is beautiful. The view, central arch and the old Celtic Crosses made the trip worth while.  more »
  • Steep climb to get to the top but rewarded with gorgeous views. You can walk around with a self guided tour but if you want a guided tour make sure yo book ahead because tours are limited due to...  more »
  • Very neat looking! Car park is 4.50€, but small. Can walk the whole town from parking there. If you eat at a local restaurant you can get free tickets to get in. Toilets are convenient. There is a little souvenir shop there too. You'll be walking up a steep hill, but it is all pretty flat.
  • Beautiful ruins and nice views from this place. Gets pretty busy. The town is also nice for small shops and a bite to eat. Bathrooms are not on the grounds as an FYI. Parking is a bit tricky so park where you can in town and do the short walk.
  • Well preserved church on the top of a hill overlooking the beautiful Cashel area. Very good guided tours with funny and knowledgeable guides. Well worth a visit!
  • Impressive historic site, engaging guides. Helped to get lower" family" rate by really nice ticket seller. Recommend the chapel tour. A little extra but well worth being able to see inside. Regular tour mostly outside.
  • You get a detailed tour with a tour guide which makes it fun and interesting. You have to pay extra for a tour of the chapel and it goes every 45 minutes. The tour of the cathedral and around Cashel rock goes from 40-60 minutes. It's well worth visiting. You learn more history about royal Ireland and religion. And the view is phenomenal.

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