Rock Of Cashel

At Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel

The iconic Rock of Cashel is one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Ireland. 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.


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.

Opening Hours

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.