The Rock of Cashel, Tipperary
Fee-Paying Admission Tourist Attraction in Ireland #11
The Rock of Cashel is an ancient site that houses buildings dating back to the twelfth century. Buildings on the site include an ancient round tower, the Chapel of King Cormac Mac Carthaigh and the thirteenth century Cathedral. The entire site sits atop a huge plateau of limestone rock with fine views over the Tipperary landscape and the 'Golden Vale'. The site was the ancient seat of the Kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion in the twelfth century so has had huge cultural significance in Ireland since the 5th century when the Eóganachta dynasty founded their capital on and around the rock.
You will need your camera! Spectacular shots of the lush green countryside are the perfect backdrop to the grey stone walls of the Cathedral and the High Crosses of the graveyard.
Photo from Free Pictures of Ireland
An audio-visual show and regular exhibitions are available at the site while guided tours are also available. The Rock of Cashel is a very busy tourist attraction so crowds can be expected at just about any time of the year. If travelling to Cashel by car then there is parking nearby or further into Cashel town which is built at the foot of the Rock. There are plenty of cafes in Cashel which is nice for a stroll after viewing the historic landmark. The town is also home to the GPA Bolton Library which houses many original books found nowhere else in the world.
The nearby Cashel Folk Village has a huge array of historical memorabilia with three different exhibits: the Easter Rising 1916, The War of Independence and Civil War Museum and the Great Irish Famine Museum.
Cashel is well worth a visit and you could spend an entire day here leisurely taking in the famous cathedral high above the town in the morning, lunching in the town and then visiting the Folk Village before taking the short walk to the Bolton Library. .
Find out more at: http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-east/rockofcashel/
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