Cashel , Co Tipperary
The town of Cashel (meaning castle or fortress) in County Tipperary is home to one of Ireland 's great historical sites - the Rock of Cashel.
Towering over the town from its perch on a 200 foot high outcrop of limestone, the Rock was once the seat of the Kings of Munster. It was visited by St, Patrick in 450 and Brian Boru was crowned King of Ireland here in the 10th century. Granted to the church in the 1100s by the O'Brien clan king, the Rock became the seat of the archbishop and it was at this time that Cormac's Chapel was built. In 1647 the Rock was ransacked by Cromwellian forces under the leadership of Lord Inchiquin.
Today the impressive stone walls enclose a round tower, the cathedral, a 12th century romanesque chapel, high crosses and other structures. The gothic cathedral dates back to the 13th century and includes a central square tower and living quarters. The steps of the tower lead to the summit roof walk. The smaller structure of Cormac's Chapel displays some typical romanesque features while the Hall of the Vicar's Choral at the entrance to the Rock is a 15th century house which has been recently restored. Here you will find a museum with guided tours and interesting exhibits, including silverware and St. Patrick's Cross.
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Mid September - Mid March Daily 09:00-16:30
Mid March - Mid June Daily 09:00-17:30
Mid June - Mid September Daily 09:00-19:30
Last admission 45 mins. before closing. Groups must be pre-booked.
Adult EUR 4.40 Child EUR 1.90 Student EUR 1.90 Senior EUR 3.10 Family EUR 10.10 Group EUR 3.10
Leaflets: Yes Guided Tours: Yes Audio Visual: Yes Exhibition: Yes
Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes