Top things to do

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 Historic Site in Cashel

Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland's most spectacular archaeological sites, a prominent green hill, banded with limestone outcrops, rising from a grassy plain and bristling with ancient fortifications. Sturdy wall…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Clonmel


Between the Main Guard and the Suir, Befani's brings the Mediterranean to Clonmel. At lunchtime, there's a mouthwatering tapas menu; mains include balsamic-braised Irish lamb shoulder and a rich bouillabaisse in lob…
Top Choice Pub Food in Fethard


A classic that deserves national acclaim and preservation, McCarthy's proclaims itself as pub, restaurant and undertaker ('we'll wine you, dine you and bury you'), though not necessarily in that order (making it an …
Top Choice Historic Site in Cahir

Cahir Castle

Cahir's awesome castle enjoys a river-island site with moat, massive walls, turrets and keep, stalwart defences, mullioned windows, vast fireplaces and dungeons. Founded by Conor O'Brien in 1142, it's one of Ireland…
Irish in Cashel

Chez Hans

Since 1968 this former church has been a place of worship for foodies from all over Ireland and beyond. Still as fresh and inventive as ever, the restaurant has a regularly changing menu and gives its blessing to al…
Museum in Cashel

Bolton Library

This forbidding 1836 stone building houses a splendid 18th-century collection of books, maps and manuscripts from the dawn of printing onwards, with works by writers from Chaucer to Swift.
Heritage Centre in Cashel

Brú Ború

The privately run heritage and cultural centre is next to the car park below the Rock of Cashel, and offers absorbing insights into Irish traditional music, dance and song. The centre's main attraction, the Sounds o…
Museum in Cashel

Cashel Folk Village

An engaging exhibition of old buildings, shopfronts and memorabilia from around the town. It's a bit slipshod in a heart-warming way.
Historic Site in Cashel

Hore Abbey

Just under 1km north of the Rock, the formidable ruin of 13th-century Hore Abbey (also known as Hoare Abbey or St Mary's) stands in flat farmland. Originally Benedictine and settled by monks from Glastonbury in Engl…