Rock of Cashel
Rock of Cashel
4.5
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9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
About
The former seat of the Kings of Munster, the Rock of Cashel was handed over to the church in 1101 and became the seat of the Archbishop. Today, five buildings remain, including an impressive round tower, 12th century chapel, 13th century cathedral, and the Hall of the Vicar's Choral.
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  • Tony E
    572 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience, but take a guided tour to get full value
    The view of the rock from the distance is very impressive. Once you are on it, take one of the guided tours to get full value from the experience. Our guide, Mary, was superb. Why did the round towers have entrances six feet above the ground? It’s not why you think! Who massacred unimaginable numbers of people in the church?
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Carolyn A
    Saint Louis, Missouri25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views and interesting history
    The Rock of Cashel was very interesting and such a beautiful place. It’s not terrible big but the architecture inside is very cool. We (2 adults in 40’s and 12 year old) recently visited and really enjoyed the tour but the view even more so. Don’t skip Hore Abbey! We liked this just as much or more.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Christie N
    Chicago, Illinois33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend the guided tour!!!
    Highly recommend the guided tour!!! Our tour guide Dave shared with us the most amazing facts about the site. Had we just visited without the tour, we would have really missed out. The guided tour is only 3 euros and not only did we learn so much more, but we also got access to areas that are off limits for others. We loved every minute of it!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Carol K
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make time to do the full Tour of the Rock of Cashel-worth your time!
    This was one of the highlights of our trip to Ireland. We took the full tour and it was well worth the price and the time (we ended up staying for a couple hours to walk around and do the tour....longer than we expected to stay...it was well worth it). It is a beautiful place and the tour provides the background so you can understand why the castle was structured as it was, how it was used, the involvement of different ruling families over time and other details that you wouldn't appreciate if you just walked through on your own. It was a wonderful stop for us. (Great cinnamon roll at the little bakery/cafe outside the entry for the Rock of Cashel).
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • TigerTina301
    New Orleans, Louisiana1,747 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful & Historic Grounds Worth Seeing
    Very cool to see everything here. We did not book tickets in advance and arrived around 3:30pm. Thankfully it was not crowded. Parking was easy in the parking lot adjacent to Rock of Cashel. There are also bathrooms next to the lot. There is a small gift shop on the corner as well. We spent about a half hour walking around the Rock of Cashel. Beautiful grounds and very well kept. It was worth going!
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • AM-PM
    Indianapolis, Indiana58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views
    Gorgeous site and scenery all around. The cemetery and buildings were very interesting and the surrounding landscape, including views of Hore Abbey, were stunning. Get there early before tour buses arrive (~10am); definitely recommend the guided tour to get the most out of it. Although our tour guide could have been a little livelier, it really added to the visit to hear the history.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Jordan
    Columbus, Ohio159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, well-maintained spot
    My husband and I stopped here on a day trip from Dublin. Beautiful spot! The ruins are in good shape and we had excellent weather. Rolling hills and grazing cattle in the distance. Cafe, shop, and public bathrooms on-site.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Houston_Eriol
    460 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting history
    You can do self guided or take the a guided tour. Took tour – tour guide was terrible but Cormack chapel worth it. It was very windy and rainy which diminished the joy since most is out doors.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • ProctorParquette
    Manchester, New Hampshire117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A definite to visit but be ready for crowds
    Picturesque location, stunning castle ruins. We had a self-guided tour which wasn't very informative. However touring the grounds was worth it. This was a pretty busy place with tons of kids groups, making it hard to appreciate the place. On a quieter day it would be better. Parking was good but you do have to walk up a steep hill from parking to access the castle - not good for anyone with poor mobility.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Carl R
    Independence, Ohio14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rock of Cashel
    Must see stop on the way from eastern Ireland to Western Ireland. The docent from OPW was entertaining and very knowledgeable. He brought Irish history alive. The tour also gave us a good introduction to familial interactions in Ireland. I could imagine Cromwell waiting to burn the cathedral. The scenery is stunning. Don’t miss this.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
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reisender34
Germany35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Do it. Great experience. Tour was very good. Important part of Irish history and go stop to or from Kerry. Stop here to get an idea of history.
Written May 27, 2024
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CAR51
Waldorf, MD54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was one of my favorite stops on our Ireland road trip. It’s a very large ruin. Of a beautiful old castle. The castle dominates the town, sitting on top of the hill. We had an excellent tour guide, who took us through the ruins and explained the history of the castle. There are 2 people buried inside the castle and you can still see their effigies. The grave yard outside the castle has some recent. Interments of family members who could trace their ancestry back to one of the inhabitants of the castle. I mean how cool is that. This is a must see sight .
Written May 26, 2024
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bsmrjohnson
Port Orchard, WA6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
It was beautiful but the lack of water left many running to town to use the facilities, which was a hike for some. We were in a paid parking, so we couldn’t just drive there.
Written May 19, 2024
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tms215
Philadelphia, PA630 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Architecture and detail are amazing. It is in great shape. Wander through the gravesite and reflect on those that came before. We visited many Irish historic sites and this one ranks right up at the top. Take your time to really walk through and stroll down to the Abbey below. Bathrooms are down the steep hill so if you have kids...go early before the school tours arrive
Written May 15, 2024
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H S
Ireland201 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Spectacular view driving up to it. Yes a wonderful old ruins on top of the hill but a shed for reception. No brochures, no guidance for children. A QR code on a wall with no sign or advice at the ticket office. Tours offered when in the queue, but we asked was it suitable for children and told no. A treasure hunt sheet would have been nice to look for items in the grounds. Then children needed a bathroom but only ones at bottom of the hill perhaps a sign would have been good to point this out.
Video was interesting to see, but any access to see the promoted Cormac's chapel was only through the tour that was not suitable with children.
We got the feeling that with bus loads and many tourists pouring up to visit the rock that some more money could have been spent on a more welcoming experience for visitors.
Car park extra fee. Costs more to buy tickets online as there is a fee (you can only book 6 at a time) and then discover that the entrance fee is the same without booking fee.
Written May 7, 2024
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Shannon G
Burnaby, Canada166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very friendly and knowledgeable guide. Easy site to visit with a long and interesting history. Wind swept and chilly with uneven terrain so dress accordingly.
Written May 5, 2024
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We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the site.
Written May 6, 2024
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Chris
Rye, UK31 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Closed 5 minutes before we arrived after 90 minutes drive.
We explained this but the gatekeeper was not flexible.
Ireland sells itself on its welcome. I’ve never felt less welcome.
Written May 5, 2024
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Unfortunately we cannot make exceptions for people who arrive late to the site. Our last admission is strictly 4:45pm as advertised widely online, and as such it is not possible for us to allow entry to the site beyond that time. We hope that you will be able to visit us again one day.
Written May 6, 2024
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Jennifer H
Columbus, OH644 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Definitely an impressive site, although I think more so from a distance. When you first see it from the road, it’s very imposing. When you get to the site, it’s like so many of the ruins throughout Ireland. Maybe I just visited too many and they started to seem the same. A nice stop but I wouldn’t really go out of my way to visit.
Written May 4, 2024
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Donna C
Norman, OK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This place has so much history. I only wished I had learned its story more before I visited. A bit of a walk up a small hill to get there but totally worth it!
Written May 2, 2024
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Joe D
Gorey, Ireland12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Lovely place to visit very well looked after
You can see why it’s so popular beautiful scenery in all directions would definitely recommend a visit
Make sure you get the guided tour
Written May 1, 2024
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