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 is one site that must be on your visit to Ireland. It’s site and history is second to none. I met a cow on the way there that gave me the look, funny. The gift shops just before the castle are th...  more »
  • The Rock of Cashel is an awesome site when driving into town. What we found most interesting was the different construction phases at the site throughout the ages depending on the then current owners ...  more »
  • One of the best historic and archaeological sites in all of Ireland. Don't miss it. Stay at O'Brien's Lodge and B&B just down the road. Also visit Hore Abbey.  more »
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  • A must-see!! One of the most beautiful places we visited during our time in Ireland. It is a major historic landmark that is fully staffed during business hours and you have the opportunity to purchase tickets to go on guided tours throughout the day, or if you would like, they also allow you to browse the entire grounds (not including restricted safety areas of course) inside and out of the castle for free! It's located on top of a large hill that has the most beautiful view overlooking its town as well as miles and miles of natural scenery as far as the eye can see. Queen Elizabeth has also visited here, they have a display commemorating that time. It's also a great rest stop for travelers passing through, there are plenty of restaurant, cafe, and restroom options. I would definitely recommend
  • One of my favorite historic sites of Ireland. Yes, it is very tourist-driven and can be busy, but it has a real sense of history and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. You have options for self-guided walking or more of a guided tour. The buildings are pretty simple but are interesting examples of historical architecture. In the visitor area, the exhibits do not number that many but do add to the context of the site. My rating of a 4 is more about the visitor facilities than the historic site itself. My first recommendation for the site would be to update the video and add some interactive component (and also move away from fabric on the theater seats due to the site moisture) - when I visited with my wife in 2017, it was all seemingly unchanged from a dozen years earlier. Secondly, though this is probably harder said than done, a better arrangement with the city car park would help. The lot is 5 euro, and it seems to go to the city rather than the site. I'd happily pay it if the money went to site maintenance and facilities, but the city seems to just be taking their share of the spoils. We also had a weird traffic warden comment to us about free parking in the city as we walked from our car, which seemed like a complete set up as I didn't trust him as far as I could throw him. This is one of the government run sites that charges a fee, which I think is reasonable given the maintenance requirements, but it would be nice to see some money go back into the visitor and site amenities too.
  • Top class place to go. Very good scenery, steeped in history obviously. Very well kept place with bus loads of people visiting daily. I would recommend the guided tours, tour guides are full of knowledge. Ensure you are there early as it gets very busy during the day with bus tours. Well worth a visit.
  • A wonderful place to visit. The views are incredible. Allow yourself enough time to just sit on one of the hills and stare at the amazing countryside. Try and get there early as the crowds start coming in around 11. They have guides giving tours that are included in admission on a regular basis which are informative. If you want to go at your own pace, I’d recommend Rick Steves self guided tour that is in his Rock Steve’s Ireland book.
  • This was one of my favorite places in all of Ireland! I enjoyed the Rock of Cashel so much that during a 7 day trip to Ireland I ended up visiting it 3 times! The cost of admission is reasonable, I believe it was under 6 Euros each. The grounds and the building are extraordinary. There are several little gift shops all around the area and lovely cafes too. Any traveler to Ireland needs to see the Rock of Cashel!
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