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Rock of Cashel

Set on a dramatic outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale, the Rock of Cashel, possesses the most impressive cluster of medieval buildings in Ireland. Originally the seat of the kings of Munster, according to legend St. Patrick himself came here to convert King Aenghus to Christianity. Brian Boru was crowned High King at Cashel in 978 and made it his capital. In 1101 the site was granted to the church and Cashel swiftly rose to prominence as one of the most significant centres of ecclesiastical power in the country.

Hore Abbey

Hore Abbey, also Hoare Abbey, sometimes known as St. Mary’s, is a ruined Cistercian monastery near the Rock of Cashel. The former Benedictine abbey at Hore was given to the Cistercians by Archbishop David MacCearbhaill in 1270, who later entered the monastery. He endowed the Abbey generously with land, mills and other benefices previously belonging to the town. Free to enter, the abbey can be viewed any time.
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High King Loop

Explore this 8.2-km loop trail near Cashel, County Tipperary. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 h 58 min to complete. This is a popular trail for birding, road biking, and running, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

Bru Boru Cultural Centre

Brú Ború, located at the foot of the historic Rock of Cashel, is an affiliate of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the Irish cultural movement which has over 400 branches worldwide. Brú Ború promotes its cultural programme through education, research, publications, exhibitions, performances and information service. Brú Ború offers you unique Irish cultural experience nestling in the shadow of the ancient Rock of Cashel.
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Cashel Folk Village

The no. 1 museum in Co. Tipperary, Cashel Folk Village is a multi-award winning museum containing an incredible, vast collection of original memorabilia relating to many different periods of Irish history.

Cashel Town

Cashel is a very pretty heritage town with an abundance of local shops and places to visit. An old walled town, some of the walls are still visible hundreds of years later.

The Heritage Centre have the Charters of Cashel, King Charles II & James II 1687 on permanent display.

The Brú Ború Cultural centre have highly rated shows of traditional music, song and dance beginning in mid June until August five nights a week.

The Cashel Folk Village has an impressive display of original artefacts from 1916 Easter Rising/ Irish War of Independence.

Take a stroll around town and enjoy our local, independent shops.

The Centre of world class horse racing.

Some of the world’s most famous racehorses and most experienced trainers and jockeys are based close to Cashel. Ballydoyle Stables are out the road at Rosegreen. This was founded by Vincent O Brien, and now run by Mr. Aiden O Brien. It is a sister thoroughbred facility to world famous Coolmore Stud in nearby Fethard owned by Mr. John Magnier. Legendary horses such as Saddlers Wells, Rock of Gibraltar, Giant’s Causeway & Galileo have run in these parts. Keep an eye out as you drive past the fields surrounding us, the young foal you see may be a future legend.

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Other activities

Angling – The river Suir is easily accessible and abundant with salmon & trout. Angling licence’s can be purchased locally. Subject to his availability we can put you in contact with a guide/ghilly to enhance your chances.

Athassel Abbey is located near Golden, just 4 miles outside the town. It is the largest medieval priory in Ireland and is on the World Heritage List.

Folklore – One of Ireland’s most famous legends involves the Devil’s Bit, a mountain top feature close by. Legend has it the devil took a bite out of the mountain – leaving and bite shaped hole in the mountaintop – and then broke his tooth, which he spat out and it landed and formed the Rock of Cashel.

Guided Walking Tours – We can arrange a private guided tour of this ancient town and The Rock with a local historian. He charges €20 per hour and is highly recommended. Entry to the Rock is included.

Golf – There are many good grassland courses nearby at Dundrum, Cahir, Tipperary or Thurles.

Greyhound Racing – Racing takes place regularly at Thurles and Clonmel greyhound tracks.

Holy Cross – a fully working Abbey dating from 1169 and resting place of one of the pieces of the original cross, this beatuiful abbey still has regular mass’s and is popular for weddings. A destination spot in its own right.

Tipperary food Producers – the Golden Vale is long associated as a leading fertile base for Artisan food producers. Meat, cheese and beverages including Cashel Blue Cheese, Crozier Blue cheese, White Gypsy Ale, James Whelan Butchers and Crossogue Preserves among others.

Walking and hiking – Follow in the footsteps of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and hike to the top of Slievnamon for fabulous views across Tipperary or for an easier climb, the famous Devil’s Bit, which has a strong connection with Cashel in folklore. There are beautiful walks in nearby Dundrum Woods or gentle hiking in Aherlow along the Bianconi old coach road.