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Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel

The fifth-century home of the kings of Munster, the Rock of Cashel—or St. Patrick’s Rock, as it’s also known—is now home to a collection of religious monuments, including a roofless medieval cathedral and a 12th-century chapel. Set atop an elevated knoll, the site commands excellent views over the green, grassy Irish countryside.

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Rock Vista Moor Lane, Tipperary, Ireland

The Basics

When visiting the Rock of Cashel, you can tour the site independently or join one of the 45-minute guided tours that take place several times a day. These guided tours cover St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the 92-foot (28-meter) 12th-century round tower, the high cross, and the Romanesque St. Cormac’s Chapel.

You can visit the Rock of Cashel as part of half or full-day organized sightseeing tours from both Dublin and Cork, which typically include other nearby attractions such as Blarney Castle and Kilkenny. The Rock of Cashel also features on multi-day tours from Dublin, along with other attractions around the Ring of Kerry, the Wild Atlantic Way, Cork, and Connemara.

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Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
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$72.56 per adult
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Great location great tour guide
Highly recommended! By far the best two parts of the trip were Blarney (the castle was great, but the gardens around it were even better), and our very knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide Bryan. Bryan loved to sing was knowledgeable about everything from ancient ruins to modern politics. Rock of Cashel was good, Cork a bit uninspiring, but the rest was wonderful.
Wayne_S, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Tipperary

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Great location great tour guide
Wayne_S, Aug 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Highly recommended! By far the best two parts of the trip were Blarney (the castle was great, but the gardens around it were even better), and our very knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide Bryan. Bryan loved to sing was knowledgeable about everything from ancient ruins to modern politics. Rock of Cashel was good, Cork a bit uninspiring, but the rest was wonderful.
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I got covid
David_K, Jul 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
O was very disappointed that masks were not required. I sat across from a young man that kept coughing snd sneezing and sweating the whole trip. I now tested positive for covid a couple days after the trip!! Very poor policy!!
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Brian was our tour guide...
Ann_N, May 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Brian was our tour guide and he was fantastic. The stops we made were perfect. He was very knowledgeable and had lots of history and stories to tell. He even sang us a song which we loved. I would do this tour again and when we come back we will most definitely be booking a tour with Paddywagon tours. Buses were clean and comfortable. Being able to sit and see the countryside go by while listening to history was worth every cent.
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Road trip
Michael_O, Jul 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Blarney trip was a full day. Worth every minute. Driver was full of information and had a great singing voice. Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle and Cork for lunch was great.
star-4
Good overall but kissing the stone is a tourism gimmick!
ehtisham_s, Jul 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
We enjoyed the Rock of Cashel more than we were anticipating. Blarney Castle was good but, frankly, kissing the stone takes time and was not worth it. We should have spent some more time walking around the gardens. Stopover in Cork was, however, enjoyable.
star-5
Enjoyable trip
Robert_H, Aug 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Paul was a great guide. He was very accommodating and provided wonderful information on the trip. The Blarney gardens are beautiful and I highly recommend spending time there. All in all a great tour.
star-5
Lovely experience to...
Dominic_V, Jul 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Lovely experience to visit the Rock of Cashel and Blarney Castle. The bus driver was the exceptional driver and keep us informed to return the bus on time for other arrangements.
star-5
Many sites to see
Tina_A, Jul 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Rock of Cashel is beautiful. Blarney castle was stunning and a great experience going to kiss the stone! More time to explore Blarney castle would be great. Cork is a city I’d like to explore further as time was limited.
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Our driver Darren was...
ANITA_P, Aug 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Our driver Darren was very informative and helpful despite the fact that he was doing 2 jobs - as driver and tour guide - thanks Darren !
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Solo in Ireland
HYTHA_Y, Aug 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Enjoyed the whole outing our driver Paul was above professional .This experience through your service given a 10
star-5
great day out to Blarney Castle
MunovarBegum_G, Jul 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
The castle was beautiful, and our stop at rock of Cashel was magnificent. the tour guide told us about the local history and it was insightful. enjoyed the tour
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Ride with Richard
Stephanie_C, Aug 2022
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Richard was amazing! Best tour guide as of yet. He was funny, informative, and entertaining and he is really what makes this tour worth the trip. The scenery was gorgeous but he is the reason to take this tour. I learned so much about Ireland and history as well as the people. Well worth the trip.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Rock of Cashel is a must for history buffs.

  • Allow around 1–1.5 hours to properly explore.

  • Bring rainproof gear, as much of the site is in the open air.

  • Wheelchair users can be accommodated with advance notice. Most of the paths and some of the buildings at the site are accessible.

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How to Get There

The Rock of Cashel is situated near the town of Cashel in County Tipperary. From Cork, follow the M8; the journey should take around one hour and 10 minutes. From Limerick, follow the N24, N74, and R932 to Cashel.

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When to Get There

The Rock of Cashel is open throughout the year. The busiest time to visit is during the summer months, June through August. If you’re planning a trip during these months, consider coming in early morning or later afternoon to avoid the crowds.

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What Else to See in Cashel

After viewing the medieval ruins, take some time to wander the nearby market town of Cashel. Admire the brightly painted pubs, pop into the Cashel Heritage Centre, and browse the memorabilia on show at the Cashel Folk Village. Other worthwhile sights in the area include the ancient ruins of Athassel Priory and Hore Abbey. Brú Ború cultural center, situated at the foot of the Rock of Cashel, focuses on Irish music and dance and is a must-see for fans of traditional Irish culture.

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