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Cashel Heritage Town is a welcoming town on Ireland’s Ancient East. Few towns can match its charisma, welcome and its rich history - reflected in its built heritage, from prehistoric raths to medieval monasteries, fortified town houses and a Georgian Cathedral.
Cashel was once the home of the High Kings of Munster who resided at The Rock of Cashel, the stunning landmark attraction at the edge of the town. It is one of Ireland's most spectacular archaeological sites, a prominent green hill, banded with limestone outcrops, rising from a grassy plain and bristling with ancient fortifications. It's only a five-minute stroll from the town centre up to the Rock, from where fantastic views range over the Tipperary countryside.
While the rock is a special highlight, a visit to the town and some of its other attractions is an essential part of the overall experience. It’s easy to spend a day in Cashel enjoying the historic town with colourful shop fronts, quaint streets, welcoming cafés, restaurants and pubs, friendly locals and some other great attractions.
In addition to the Rock of Cashel, other attractions to visit include the Cashel Folk Village, Hore Abbey, Brú Ború Cultural Centre, Cashel Heritage Centre and Tourist Information Office, Gouts Pool and The Bothán Scor (an original Irish famine cottage), Dominic’s Abbey and St. Mark’s Famine Graveyard.
For an evening’s entertainment, enjoy some of the great restaurants and lively pubs that Cashel town has to offer or take in a traditional Irish entertainment show at the Brú Ború Cultural Centre. During the summer months, Cashel town is renowned for great festivals and events.
- Cashel Town – the historic town with its colourful shop fronts, quaint streets, welcoming cafés, restaurants, pubs and shops.
- Rock of Cashel - the famous and stunning landmark visitor attraction just 500 metres from the town centre. It is a spectacular group of medieval buildings, including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral.
- Cashel Folk Village – just 400 metres from the Rock of Cashel. It gives an excellent insight into Ireland's history and includes museums with collections of artefacts and memorabilia relating to The Easter 1916 Rising, The War of Independence (1919-1922), The Irish Civil War (1922-1923) and The Great Irish Famine (1845-1851). Cashel Folk Village has been ranked as the number one museum in Co. Tipperary on TripAdvisor every year since the first year of entry, and is recommended as a 'must see' attraction on Ireland’s Ancient East.
- Brú Ború Cultural Centre which hosts some of the best shows in traditional Irish entertainment throughout the year.
- Cashel Heritage Centre (and Tourist Office). The award-winning Heritage Centre is in the town centre and a useful first stop off point to help orientate and guide you. A large scale model of the town in the 1640’s highlights the lesser known treasures of the town.
- Hore Abbey (also known as Hoare Abbey) – you can visit the formidable ruins of this 13th-century Abbey year round.
Visit Year Round
Cashel Heritage Town is worth visiting at any time of year. The iconic Rock of Cashel is open year round. The Cashel Folk Village is open late March to October and rest of year by appointment. The Cashel Heritage Centre in the town centre is open year round. The BRÚ BORÚ Cultural Centre and Theatre hosts some of the best shows in traditional Irish entertainment throughout the year and features a special summer programme from mid June to August. Hore Abbey can be visited year. See www.cashel.ie for more detailed information.
Cashel Heritage Town
Cashel, Co. Tipperary
T: +353 (0)62 613 33
Visit duration: You should allow at least one full day to visit Cashel Heritage Town and take in its many attractions. There are lots of accommodation options in the area if you wish to overnight and enjoy an evening in Cashel.
We recommend you start your visit in the Town Centre and visit the Heritage Centre and Tourist Office on Main Street. This tourist office provides information on the town and the surrounding area. You should allow a minimum of 90 minutes to visit the Rock of Cashel and a minimum of 60 minutes to visit the Cashel Folk Village attraction.
Other Useful Information
VISITOR TIP - FREE ADMISSION to ROCK OF CASHEL!
If you visit the town first and spend €15 in one of the participating Chamber of Commerce businesses, you will get a voucher for free admission to the Rock of Cashel. The scheme was devised by the local Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Office of Public Works and allows independent tourists free entry to the Rock of Cashel when they spend €15 in participating local retail outlets. Ask for details at the accommodation, dining establishement or shop you visit. The tourist office in the town can also advise you or check www.Cashel.ie.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
You have a wide range of dining options in Cashel. These include: Baileys Hotel & Restaurant (open for lunch and dinner daily); The Brian Boru (open for lunch daily); Kearneys Castle Hotel & Bar (open for lunch and dinner daily); Feehans Pub (open for lunch Monday to Saturday); Chez Hans Restaurant (open Tuesday to Saturday evenings); Café Hans (open daytime Tuesday to Saturday); Bakehouse Café (open daytime daily); Spearmans Café (open daytime Monday to Saturday).
There is a picnic area close to Rock of Cashel
Cashel attracts large numbers of visitors from Ireland and around the world and has excellent craft and gift shopping outlets. These include the Kilkenny Shop (Irish design, clothing, jewellery and gifts); Rossa Pottery (beautiful handmade local pottery); Davern’s Clothing (a unique family-run clothing shop); Eleanors Gift Shop (fun collection of Irish gifts); The Rock Shop (Irish gifts at the Rock of Cashel); Bru Boru Heritage Centre (Irish gift store at foot of Rock of Cashel) and Cashel Woollen Store at the Rock of Cashel.
WALKING, CYCLING AND ACTIVITIES
There are several walking and cycling routes that can be experienced from Cashel. There are also lots of activity options available nearby including golf, angling and horse riding. See www.Cashel.ie for details.
Pay-for coach and car parking is available at the Rock of Cashel car park or Main Street car park. The parking ticket at the Rock of Cashel is valid for free parking in the town.
Group are welcome at all attractions and special rates are generally available. Pre-booking is required.
Free Wi-Fi available is available at accommodations, dining establishments and other locations throughout the town.
Set in the middle of Ireland’s Ancient East and in the heart of Ireland’s rich agricultural pastures, Cashel town is just 1.5 hours drive from Dublin and 1 hours drive from Cork and Limerick. An excellent bus services operates to and from Cashel connenting to all major Irish cities. Thurles Train Station is 20 minutes away, connecting directly to Dublin, Kerry, Cork, Limerick by Irish Rail train.
The Rock of Cashel is just 500 metres from the town. Cashel Folk Village is approx. 30 metres from the Cashel Heritage Centre and Tourist Office and 400 metres from the Rock of Cashel.Cashel Heritage Town Nearby Attractions