Rock of Cashel
Near Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel
The iconic Rock of Cashel is one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Ireland. A spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale 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’s rich history is reflected in its built heritage: from prehistoric raths to medieval monasteries and fortified town houses; a Georgian Cathedral and a 21st-century Library (which holds regular exhibitions, workshops and concerts). The Georgian quarter also boasts the Bolton Library where you can find the smallest book in Ireland.
Attractions include an audio-visual show and exhibitions. Access for visitors with disabilities by prior arrangement.
Legend associates the Rock of Cashel with St. Patrick, but the name comes from Caiseal, meaning “stone fort,” and the hill was originally the residence of the kings of Munster. Excavations have revealed some evidence of burials and church buildings from the 9th or 10th century, but it was in the early 12th century that the Rock began to be developed into a major Christian centre.
In 1101, Muirchertach O Briain, king of Munster, gave the Rock of Cashel to the church. A round tower, which still stands today, was erected shortly after this. A decade later, in 1111, Cashel became the seat of an archbishop. (At the time there was only one other archbishop in Ireland, located in Armagh.) The original cathedral was located where the choir of the present one now stands, but nothing is known of it.
Monday – 9a.m.–7p.m.
Tuesday – 9a.m.–7p.m.
Wednesday – 9a.m.–7p.m.
Thursday – 9a.m.–7p.m.
Friday – 9a.m.–7p.m.
Saturday – 9a.m.–7p.m.
Sunday – 9a.m.–7p.m.
Location: 500m from the centre of Cashel town off the Dublin Road.
Driving Distance from Great National Ballykisteen Hotel 30 Minutes