Cashel is situated in the Golden Vale, an area of rolling pastureland in South Tipperary in the province of Munster. The ‘City of Kings’ as it became known, was home to the high kings of Munster, who ruled for centuries from the magnificent site of the Rock of Cashel, until the Norman invasion in the 12th century. Situated overlooking the town and encircling plain, the iconic Rock of Cashel is one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Ireland and one of the most visited.
Cashel’s rich history is reflected in its built heritage from its medieval monasteries and fortified town houses to its newly conserved city walls. The Georgian quarter boasts both a Georgian Cathedral and the Bolton Library. The Old Town Hall is home to Cashel’s tourist office, where an MP3 player with a multi-lingual audio tour is available to use while exploring the town and its attractions.
things to do in and around Cashel
the rock of cashel
The Rock of Cashel is a unique heritage site and it is universally recognised as having one of the world’s greatest collections of medieval architecture and Celtic art. This limestone outcrop has the most complete Romanesque church in Ireland, a 13th century Gothic cathedral, a 12th century round tower and an exquisitely restored 15th century Vicars choral. It is here that the original St. Patrick’s cross can be seen.
the heritage centre & tourist office
Main Street, Cashel. Tel: (062) 61333 www.cashel.ie
Visit website for news and events
• Free admission to Audio-visual tour of Cashel.
• Come in and get your free town map
• Spend €15 and get free admission to Rock of Cashel
• See the Charters of Cashel
CASHEL, A GREAT PLACE TO SHOP
Cashel’s town centre is a thriving retail zone, with charming shops and lively cafes and pubs oozing with old charm. Ireland’s world-renowned hospitality can be experienced in any of its bars and pubs and a pint of Guinness can be enjoyed in the town where Arthur Guinness first worked.
ENTERTAINMENT, ARTS & THEATRE
St Patrick’s Parade, 17th March. Celebrate our national day with the biggest parade in town.
Cashel Walled Towns Day
Every August. A medieval family day with workshops and displays for everyone. Tel: 062 61333 www.cashel.ie.
Féile Fidelma, September – www.sisterfidelma.com/feilefidelma
Cashel Arts Festival
Annual event in September. The Focus of the festival is to showcase the work of local artists. Tel: 087 0552179. Email: email@example.com
The Tipperary Heritage Way Walk (Cashel to The Vee, County. Waterford) brings you along the banks of the River Suir. This is a great way to discover flora and fauna. The Cashel to Golden section is an 11km linear walk and if you walk a little further along the Suir you will find the beautiful ruins of Athassel Abbey.
St Declan’s Way
The ancient pilgrim path of St. Declan’s Way takes an 96km (56 mile) route from to the famous Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary to Ardmore, Co. Waterford
It is a modern walking route linking the ancient ecclesiastical centres of Ardmore in County Waterford and Cashel in County Tipperary. It crosses the Knockmealdown Mountains at Bearna Cloch an Buideal (Bottleneck Pass) near Goatenbridge, Co. Tipperary, at an elevation of 537m. Apart from this stretch, the route passes through the picturesque undulating farmland of West Waterford and South Tipperary www.pilgrimspath.ie
Cashel has a range of accommodation to suit every budget. We have Hotels, family run B&Bs and welcoming hostels for the adventurous independent traveller.
dining at its best
Cashel has a comprehensive range of food establishments with a large variety of menus. One can eat in cafes, pubs or enjoy fine dining in our hotels and the award winning Chez Hans.
Bru Boru, Heritage Centre, Cashel, Tel: 062 61122
Here you can get the Birth & Death Records of South Tipperary, Civil Records 1864-1921, and Parish records of Waterford & Lismore.
Tipperary Excel, Tipperary Town, Tel: 062 80520
Here you can get the Baptismal & Marriage records of the Catholic Church of Cashel & Emly.
Rossa Pottery, Main Street, Cashel.
Wide selection of pottery and sculptures from the clays of Tipperary. Tel: 062 61388.
Activities To Enjoy
GAA Sports Grounds, Cashel. Come and introduce yourself to one of Ireland’s oldest sports. Matches played most evenings and Sundays.
Larkspur Park Sports Complex
18 hole pitch and putt course, 4 tennis courts. Pay as you go green/court fees.
Cashel is home to one of the oldest Rugby Union Clubs in Ireland.
The Cashel Soccer club is situated in the historic area of Palmer’s Hill and enjoys spectacular views of the Golden Vale.
Cashel Driving / Golf Range and Foot Golf, Ballyknock, Cashel, Tel: 062 62111
Par 3. Enjoy 18 holes of foot golf.
Dundrum House Hotel, Tel: 062 71717. 18 hole golf course.
Tipperary Raceway, Rosegreen. www.tipperaryracewaysora.com
The Salmon and Trout season on the River Suir opens on 17th March and closes on 30th September. Angling licences can be obtained from Morelli Rod & Gun. Tel: 062 63106. Note the Suir is for fly fishing only.
Located in the heart of the Golden Vale, the FHC Experience offers visitors the opportunity to discover the rich culture, heritage and history of the region. Part of Ireland’s Ancient East, this interactive experience examines the relationship between the people, the land and the horse revealing how they are all inextricably linked.