Local mythology claims Rock of Cashel, a limestone hill crowned by a group of medieval buildings, came into existence when Saint Patrick banished Satan from a cave in a nearby mountain. Kings of Munster lived here for several centuries before the Norman invasion, adding structures to fortify their hilltop seat of power. Little structural evidence of that time remains, as the oldest building still standing on the rock is a round tower constructed sometime in the 12th century. Next to the tower stands a Romanesque chapel, Gothic cathedral, and a 15th century castle. Before you stroll here from the town of Cashel, check the website for a downloadable leaflet providing a brief history and a map of this historical site. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Rock of Cashel and many more Cashel attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Cashel trip itinerary planner.
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Rock of Cashel Reviews
This is a beautiful site full of historical significance. It was a cold, rainy and very windy day but it was still worth a visit. The tour guide did an amazing job. She was friendly, knowledgeable... more »
Just off the motorway, driving between Dublin and Killarney or Cork, is the small town of Cashel. Its great attraction is the Rock of Cashel, a nearly 2000-year old castle atop a huge stone... more »
Very neat looking! Car park is 4.50€, but small. Can walk the whole town from parking there. If you eat at a local restaurant you can get free tickets to get in. Toilets are convenient. There is a little souvenir shop there too. You'll be walking up a steep hill, but it is all pretty flat.
Beautiful ruins and nice views from this place. Gets pretty busy. The town is also nice for small shops and a bite to eat. Bathrooms are not on the grounds as an FYI. Parking is a bit tricky so park where you can in town and do the short walk.
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