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Rock of Cashel Castle During Sunset

Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary - Seat of Ancient Kings

History & Politics

Visit This Truly Unique Monument to Irish History


The Rock of Cashel, Carraig Phádraig in Irish and also called St Patrick's Rock, in County Tipperary is a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale. Keep a look out for the castle as you approach - the view of it sitting on its hilltop is simply marvellous. The Rock is connected to St Patrick, as this was supposedly the site where he converted Aenghus, the King of Munster, to Christianity.


The site's buildings include:

  • The 12th century round tower
  • The High Cross
  • The Romanesque chapel
  • The 13th century Gothic cathedral
  • The 15th century castle
  • The restored Hall of the Vicars Choral


Most of the current buildings were constructed when the Rock was church property. In 1647, the Rock of Cashel was sacked by Republican soldiers during the Irish Confederate Wars, part of the British Civil War leading up to the Cromwellian Commonwealth and Protectorate period. The sack lead to the loss of many religious artefacts and the death of all of the local Roman Catholic clergy. The main cathedral roof was removed in 1749 by Anglican Archbishop of Cashel Arthur Price, leading to its current open state.


The guided tour offers historical backgrounds and interesting anecdotes on the Rock. Both an audio-visual show and different exhibitions can also be seen at the castle.


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Photo Gallery
A group of tourists viewing the tombstones with celtic crosses
Tombstones under the tall castle walls
Castle Vault ceilings indoors
Useful Information
Opening Hours

Mid September – Mid October

Monday – Sunday 09.00 – 17.30


Mid October – Mid March

Monday – Sunday 09.00 – 16.30


Mid March – Mid June

Monday – Sunday 09.00 – 17.30


Mid June – Mid September

Monday – Sunday 9.00 – 19.00


Closed 24th to 26th December inclusive.

Last admission: 45 minutes prior to closure

Duration of Tour

60-90 minutes approximately.



St. Patrick’s Rock of Cashel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

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