Another very beautiful place we visited on this trip was the Rock of Cashel.
According to legend the Rock of Cashel was formed when St. Patrick banished Satan from a cave and converted the Kings of Munster to Christianity.
The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several centuries.
Most of the current buildings at the Rock of Cashel date from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The oldest building is the round tower which is ninety feet high and dates from around 1100.
Cormac's Chapel was once the chapel of King Cormac Mac Carthaigh. It dates from1127. The Cathedral of Cashel was built between 1235 and 1270.
The Rock of Cashel was attacked by Cromwell in 1647. Its religious buildings were desecrated and around three thousand of its occupants were slaughtered.
This was one of the main places I was keen to see as soon as I started planning my trip. Unfortunately the weather was rainy and windy so we probably didn't get as much out of our visit as we could have. We didn't time it very well and missed out on joined a guided tour. We did however see the well put together audio visual feature which was very interesting. Just amazing to be surrounded by so much history and the view itself from on top of the hill is stunning. Worth the admission.
Admision Fees: . Adult - €5.30;.. Senior Citizen - €3.70; .. Student (valid I.D.) - €2.10; .. Family - €11.50
In the centre of town was a small museum?? with a small gift shop set up to give a bit of background information on the Rock of Cashel and the Cashel town in general. It was free and we looked through it in about 20 mins. The Charters of Cashel was here. Probably had it not been such a cold, wet day this indoor attraction may not have appealed so much.
From the website listed below...
CASHEL HERITAGE CENTRE
The award winning Heritage Centre is located on Main Street in Cashel. A large scale model of Cashel in the 1640's highlights the lesser known treasures of the town. Audio commentary is in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Irish and English. The Charters of Cashel, King Charles II 1663 and James II 1687 are on permanent display. Free Admission.
March - October: 7 days 9.30am - 5.30pm
November - February 5 days 9.30am - 5.30pm
It's a large stone fortress built in the 4th or 5th century - it's where St Patrick christened the King of Munster - there is a commemorative celtic cross for the occasion. It overlooks the town of Cashel, very imposing, you really cant miss it when you approach the town.
The Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary is the most amazing place to visit. The location itself is inspiring, rising above the surrounding countryside in dominance. Site of a 5th century stone fort (a cashel)and St. Patrick's preaching to the Kings of Munster, in 1127 Cormac MacCarthaigh built his chapel here. His sarcophagus remains in the chapel.
It was not included in our itenerary, but the guide at Dunmore Caves convinced us that we should visit this site. I am not sorry that we took the detour, however they were busy with renovations so part of the site was closed to the public when we got there. A very interesting group of medieval buildings set on the hill above the village.
The Rock of Cashel is the image of enduring strength. It seems to have grown out of the the massive rocky hill and rules the countryside. The Rock if Cashel is one of the most important places in Ireland and has a very dense history, as it was the seat of the High Kings for many years.
The site started off humble and has evolved over the centuries, and examples of architecture from different eras can been studied. Imagine the High King looking out from this place and sensing the scope of his power. It is a tremendous view.
St. Patrick's high cross is one of the major attractions here, as well as many other well preserved ancient artifacts that give a hint as to life in days gone.
Admission is around 5 euro for adults.
Also within walking distance is Hore Abbey, which is worth the short jaunt.
At the little souvenier shop at the bottom of the Rock of Cashel we saw probably the one and only Australian flag we saw during our entire time in Europe and the UK. This surprised me as I thought Australian tourists would have been one of the more numerous especially in Ireland and the UK but obviously not.
Hore Abbey is the quite strange name of the old monastery-ruins opposite of the Rock of Cashel. Unfortunately it is standing on a private property and there is no way to walk there, you are able to just make a photograph from a large distance like I did.
The Rock of Cashelis a sight that you will see already from a big distance : an old monastery built on top of a rock and dating back to the 12th century. There is a Gothic cathedral from the 13th century, a high-cross and a round tower and lots of great details. You have to pay an entrancefee at the gate and will be able to explore the sight on your own !
The Rock of Cashel is open for visitors :
Mid September - Mid October, Daily, 9.00am - 5.30pm
Mid October - Mid March, Daily, 9.00am - 4.30pm
Mid March - Early June, Daily, 9.00am - 5.30pm
Early June - Mid September, Daily, 9.00am - 7.00pm
Closed 24th to 26th December inclusive.
Last admission 45 mins. before closing
If you are travelling in the south of Ireland you must see the Rock of Cashel. It is an incredible sight. If you are travelling on the road from HolyCross Abbey you pass through Irish farmland and then you turn a corner in the road and all of a sudden there is this amazing Abbey sitting atop this rockly fist. It will take your breath away. The history of the Rock is also amazing it's too long to get into here, do a little reading on Cashel, it will impress you.
Situated in Cashel, a quiet beautiful town, this is one of the most visited castles in Ireland. Admission fee is 5 Euro
There is guided tour here that includes to admission fee you pay before entering the castle. Check with the reception for guided tour timing.