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Top Choice Historic Site in Cashel

Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland's most spectacular historic sites: a prominent green hill, banded with limestone outcrops, rising from a grassy plain and bristling with ancient fortifications. Sturdy walls circ…
Top Choice Historic Site in Cahir

Cahir Castle

Cahir's awesome castle enjoys a river-island site with moat, massive walls, turrets and keep, mullioned windows, vast fireplaces and dungeons. Founded by Conor O'Brien in 1142, and passed to the Butler family in 137…
Top Choice Cafe in Cashel

Cafe Hans

Competition for the 32 seats is fierce at this gourmet cafe run by the same family as Chez Hans next door. There's a fantastic selection of salads, open sandwiches (including succulent prawns with tangy Marie Rose s…
Top Choice Cafe in Nenagh

Country Choice

Country Choice is a place of pilgrimage for lovers of really great Irish artisan foods. Sample the superb lunch menu in the cafe or just have a coffee, but ready yourself to browse the extensive deli area with homem…
Historic Building in Cahir

Swiss Cottage

A 30-minute walk along a riverside path from Cahir Castle car park leads to this thatched cottage, surrounded by roses, lavender and honeysuckle. A lavish example of Regency Picturesque, the cottage was built in 181…
Church in Fethard

Holy Trinity Church

Fethard's Holy Trinity Church and churchyard occupy a captivating time warp. The main part of the building dates from the 13th century, though its ancient walls have been blighted with mortar for weatherproofing. A …
Museum in County Tipperary

Famine Warhouse

A relic of one of Ireland's darkest chapters, the Famine Warhouse today sits seemingly benignly amid typical farmland a few kilometres northeast of Ballingarry. During the 1848 rebellion, rebels led by William Smith…
Cave in County Tipperary

Mitchelstown Caves

Hollowed out of a narrow band of limestone along the southern side of the Galtee Mountains, the Mitchelstown Caves are superior to Kilkenny's Dunmore Cave and yet less developed for tourists. The caves are near Burn…
Ruins in Cashel

Athassel Priory

Reached over a stile and across grassy (sometimes muddy) fields, the atmospheric ruins of Athassel Priory sit in the shallow and verdant River Suir Valley, 7km southwest of Cashel. The original buildings date from 1…
Church in County Tipperary

Holy Cross Abbey

The pretty village of Holycross, with its thatched cottages, eight-arch stone bridge across the River Suir, and village green dotted with ducks, is 15km north of Cashel. Its magnificently restored Cistercian abbey, …