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Rock of Cashel
Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel

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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Tipperary

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Amazing Castles
CYNTHIA_R, Sep 2021
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
It was very good! The castle was amazing and the guide gave us very useful tips to cover the most important stuff! The time in cork was short but very enjoyable as well !
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Great tour!
bouchardrob, Jan 2020
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
The driver, Jerry, was awesome. The bus was clean and comfortable. Cork is a cool city. I would definitely recommend this tour.
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Good day trip, only one thing , very cold and windy day with some snow. Very difficult to get on top of castle.
Svetlana_V, Feb 2020
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Really enjoy day tour, Rock of Cashel and Blearned Castle. Lots of history, very educational trip . We are like our tour guide/bus driver , knowledgeable.
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Great Sites, Less Than Great Tour Company
Ryan_H, Oct 2021
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
The actual locations were great though our time was cut short due to the original driver being over 15 minutes late. That driver was with with us for about an hour and was constantly heavy breathing into the mic, which was unsettling. He was at least a good driver though. After that, a new driver got on the same bus and was driving like Mickey Mouse the whole time (you know, the wheel is constantly moving left and right even though you’re going straight). An extra half hour at both Blarney and Cork would have been perfect. The speakers in the bus kept cutting out too, so that was annoying. This tour is worth it to get to these amazing places, but don’t expect the most professional tour company.
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Rainy day in blarney
Ann, Mar 2020
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
A bit of a climb to the Blarney Stone for those not very fit but worth the experience. Lovely gardens to see unfortunately was raining on our visit so ended up in gift shops and cafe for baileys hot chocolate, delicious but overall well worth the trip
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Great trip
dpicard2018, Aug 2019
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Our first trip in Ireland. We enjoyed it a lot. Rock of Cashel was impressive. One suggestion: instead of the short stop in Cork, please extend the time at Blarney Castle as the line to get to the stone was too long and we would have liked to walk a little around too.
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Blarney Tour
Carlos_R, Feb 2020
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Richard was awesome. Knew his history, knew the areas and gave tips to maximize our experience. He gave suggestions to make our time in Cork enjoyable and made it easy to find the best spots at every stop.
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Blarney Castle
hsgreenley, Feb 2020
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Tour Guide John was excellent! Knowledgeable, witty and great singer! Poor weather cleared every time we got of the bus.
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Blarney Castle Tour
robynshea68, Jan 2020
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
Loved this tour. Only thing I would change is more time would’ve been nice at Cork. It was a little bit challenging time wise to locate the Cork ‘English Market ‘ from the drop off point. Otherwise a superb tour and informative guide. Loved our 2 hours exploring in and around Blarney Castle. Transport vehicle for tour was very comfortable.
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Fantastic Tour!
kbora94, Aug 2018
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
We were very happy with this tour. Our driver, Richard, was funny, engaging, and gave us lots of helpful information. We loved seeing the Rock of Cashel as well as spending time at the English Markets in Cork. The Blarney Castle was the highlight with its beautiful grounds and stunning views from the castle itself. We waited an hour to kiss the stone, but we still had plenty of time to explore the grounds as well as shop at the Blarney Wool Mills. I would highly recommend this tour!
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Blarney Stone
1mmh1970, Jan 2020
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
We had a wonderful experience exploring the Blarney Castle as we were there during the off season and no lines. When we got to the top of the castle there were only 4 others in front of our group waiting to kiss the stone. I heard in the summer months you can easily wait 3 hours. Out tour guide was very amusing and shared a lot of history during our trip.
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Greens and more greens
204aliciay, Oct 2019
Blarney Castle Day Tour from Dublin Including Rock of Cashel & Cork City
A lovely trip out into the country with stories and legends to accompany us. Blarney Castle was beautiful, not only for what it is famous for, but for the grounds, the gardens and well-informed boards around the huge grounds. Cork City was but a glimpse. While we may have had over 1.5 hours, it was only enough for a small glimpse of the entire city. A reason to come back for another visit!

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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