Rock of Cashel

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Rock of Cashel
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Castles
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9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
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A majestic medieval fortress now in ruins: contains the Hall of Vicars and a 13th century cathedral.
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1-2 hours
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jwest
Marlborough, MA102 contributions
Apr 2022
Our first day in Ireland we stopped at the Rock of Cashel. We had purchased tickets on line (and it made getting in a little easier)
There's a car park that costs a few euros (don't recall the exact amount).

We got into a tour lead by Susan. She's fantastic. On a cold, windy and at times rainy day, we could hear everything she had to say. She's very knowledgable and made the experience. Very engaging presentation.
Written April 7, 2022
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samson2011
Dublin, Ireland63 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We came here on a blustery Saturday afternoon but received the warmest of welcomes.

It is the ruins of what I can imagine was a spectacular sight to behold in its glory.

We did not go on the actual tour as we were afraid our kids might be a disruption but we had a good time looking at the relics and wandering around at our own pace. I did overhear a small piece of the tour and could see that the guide had captured his audience. I would have loved to partake and when my children are older I will return and we can all enjoy the rhetoric.

There is a small gift shop beside the road up to the castle but on our way back to the car it was closed but we saw a shop across the road called Cashel Woollen Store. I would highly recommend a visit here. The lady that runs it is an absolute dream and the items in her store are fabulous.

The only let down, and I'm not sure who the operator is, was the carpark as they charge extortionate rates. We were roughly 90mins and it was €4.50. The rates are not clearly displayed. If there is on road parking available I would opt for that.

I think it is worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written February 24, 2020
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Andre H
Cape Town, South Africa353 contributions
Apr 2022
The structure on the hill overlooking the town of Cashel is quite impressive. Cost of 8euro pp was quite expensive for a self guided tour with no information around. There was a video viewing at 11.30am the day we visited.

Quite a bit of the structure is still in good standing with amazing views all round of either the town , farmlands or Hore Abbey which is close by & definately worth visiting.

Parking is available at the bottom of the hill as well as restrooms
Written May 14, 2022
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RConn
Moscow, ID92 contributions
Aug 2019
There's a reason why this is a must see when visiting Ireland. It is such a gorgeous place, lovingly maintained and very well preserved and presented. I highly recommend the tour, our guide did a great job explaining the different phases of the building and their significance.
Written July 22, 2020
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Joanne W
74 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Despite Covid restrictions this was still an outstanding attraction to visit. We had pre-booked online and were pleasantly surprised to find out it was free. On arrival we were met by a lovely guy in the booth who asked if we wanted a guided tour. This we were informed lasted approx 30 mins and again was free. Our guide was called Helen who as well as being very knowledgeable also made the history very interesting. We then were able to wander round ourselves following the 1 way system where it was in place. The car park at the bottom of the hill was very reasonable as it was €4.50 for the day. We look forward to returning when things are 'normal' again to see inside.
Written July 26, 2021
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thesodofturf
Newbridge, Ireland7 contributions
May 2022
The Rock of Cashel is truly stunning and a very important piece of the intangible heritage of the country. Unfortunately, the high cost of admission makes the experience deflating. I don't know what they're doing with the money as the pieces of the head of Scully's cross for example, still lie in a heap at the foot of the cross where they fell in 1976 - not an ancient cross but old and beautiful but left for people to climb over to see the view.

The nearby Hore Abbey lies in the fields below the Rock - while there, I overheard some American tourists saying it was better than the Rock of Cashel itself and I have to agree. It's hard to say that given the importance of the Rock but the frescoes in Cormac's chapel are inaccessible due to restoration so there really isn't a lot to see inside the site itself. It's appreciated best from a distance.

You would truly have a better experience picnicking somewhere nearby with a view of the site (especially along one of the roads running North).
Written May 8, 2022
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tripgotripper
33 contributions
Apr 2022
This was the first stop on part of a two day tour, and what a way to start. Driving in from the north, the structures come into view around a bend and are stunning. The ruins are impressive and interesting. There is a short video explaining the history which is helpful. Excellent views and sights. There is a chapel that was closed when we were there but I believe there are tours of it.
Written April 18, 2022
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HeartQissa
Ipswich, UK190 contributions
Mar 2020
We were lucky, we visited on Wednesday when all monuments owned by the state department are free to visit. We had a guided tour as well included in "price". You could add 3 euro extra to visit the Roman Church, which currently has a limited number of visitors per year for preservation purposes.
Just be aware the last entrance is quite early (I believe 16:00 or earlier).
There is a free parking for first 20 minutes (but you will need more than that to see it properly)
Written March 9, 2020
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138Paul138
Canterbury, UK800 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Overlooking the small town of Cashel, the ‘Rock’ is the old castle. Easy to locate with a car park nearby or you can park in town and head uphill for about 10 min. You pay for parking. The nearer car park has toilets close by. Walk up the hill to the entrance and there is wooden structure ahead where you pay for admission. Check website for prices and opening times. Ask when the tour of Cormac’s Chapel takes place, as this is excellent, and well worth attending. There is a QR code that enables you to download an App for information, however it would be helpful if there were information boards in some locations as the App only provides basic info.
The castle is in ruins but still very atmospheric. The Round Tower is incredible considering its age. The position of the Rock commands amazing views over the countryside below. So many photos to take.
Cormac’s Chapel is only opened in the presence of the tour guide, who it must be said, is brilliant. She really engages with her customers and knows her history. She also tells you about the conservation of this very old and historically important chapel. Overall a very good place to visit.
Written February 18, 2022
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Darren’s Discoveries
Dublin, Ireland30 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Visited here about a week ago and I have to say the drive towards it was almost as magical as the actual site itself.
It is honestly like something out of Harry Potter, I know yes, that was a castle, but as you see this place from the road it looks like a scene taken straight from the Harry Potter franchise!
Unfortunately a lot of the attractions were closed due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
However, the prices were adapted to reflect the inaccessibility of certain areas of the site which was a grey adaptation on the site managers behalf.
It takes approx 20 mins or so to scout the site itself (assuming longer be it that everything else was open)
We will definitely return as normal life resumes to explore all the Rock of Cashel has to offer!
Written September 25, 2020
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