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Review of Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel
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$65.92*
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Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Cashel
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A majestic medieval fortress now in ruins: contains the Hall of Vicars and a 13th century cathedral.
Reviewed November 28, 2012

This was our first attraction that we visited in Ireland. We absolutely loved it. Got lots of amazing photos that definitely gave us a piece of Ireland to bring back with us. Beautiful views, although some reconstruction was going on when we were there. Opted out of the tour, but still really enjoyed it. Also walked around the town afterwords and it was beautiful as well.

Thank JessicaToy1011
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

This was on our to-do list and so thankful we did not miss this beautiful Cathedral and the charming town! Rich in history - you must start with the introductory film and then explore the grounds on your own or catch a short tour. It was the castled seat of the kings of Munster at least as far back as A.D. 360. The area is again beautiful and a walk around the town after is a must. Consistent with our drive across Ireland - the people were all so friendly and helpful. We visited the local shops and popped into some of the Inns.

Thank PilgrimBelle
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Beautiful views all around. We missed the tour so we just walked around. Unfortunately the site is undergoing restoration and you can't see everything unless you are on the tour. Price wasn't too bad though you will have to pay a few Euro if you use the car park nearby. Recommend just parking on a road nearby and walking. Beautiful scenery everywhere.

Thank arizona223
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

The restorative work on this is still underway, with much of the site in scaffolding and plastic but the work that is finished is very well done. The ruins are wonderful to see. Definitely take a tour - so much is explained. Artifacts on display are amazing too. Can roam through the cemetery and grounds on your own after the tour. Cool old church ruin beside it as you look towards the town. Tours are limited in off-season, so plan your visit to catch one. One annoying feature is the fact that you have to pay for parking AND admission. Other bad feature is that you had to have CASH for parking AND Admission! Bathroom facilities are an outdoor building BEFORE you go inside - near the parking lot -and are COLD if it is COLD outside. NO bathrooms inside. Food/cafe is available next to the site but not inside. Nice shop across the street.

Thank cbbobBwi
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Ensure you take the guided tour (45/50 minutes and included in the entrance fee), as this will give you a far better understanding of the history of the Rock of Cashel, rather than walking around it on your own. Our tour guide was very interesting, informative and witty and made it a most enjoyable tour. However, I have to say, that my daughter took a guided tour some weeks later, and did not have the same experience with a different guide - so perhaps it all depends on which ever guide you have, but I would still recommend the guided tour to learn the history of the different buildings, as there is a lot of history in this one site.
I think many people expect to find a castle, but it is not a castle, it is monastic ruins, but nonetheless, still very impressive. If you approach the Rock of Cashel from Exit 7 on the motorway, there is a magnificent view of the Rock in all it’s majesty, as you drive in to Cashel. I would always approach it from this direction.
As other reviewers have advised, even on a sunny day, it can be cold up on the Rock, so be prepared.

Thank fenlaDublin
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