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Rock of Cashel, Cashel

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Local mythology claims Rock of Cashel, a limestone hill crowned by a group of medieval buildings, came into existence when Saint Patrick banished Satan from a cave in a nearby mountain. Kings of Munster lived here for several centuries before the Norman invasion, adding structures to fortify their hilltop seat of power. Little structural evidence of that time remains, as the oldest building still standing on the rock is a round tower constructed sometime in the 12th century. Next to the tower stands a Romanesque chapel, Gothic cathedral, and a 15th century castle. Before you stroll here from the town of Cashel, check the website for a downloadable leaflet providing a brief history and a map of this historical site. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Rock of Cashel and many more Cashel attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Cashel trip itinerary planner.
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  • The Rock of Cashel is a beautiful site to visit, with incredible views and an amazing tour of a unique and wonderfully preserved chapel. Make this a stop on your journey! 
    The Rock of Cashel is a beautiful site to visit, with incredible views and an amazing tour of a unique and wonderfully preserved chapel. Make this a stop on your journey!  more »
  • The Rock of Cashel sits on a hill overlooking the town and is just as breathtaking from a distance as it is up close. The parking is convenient, and we pre-booked tickets for the tour. Make sure you.....  more
    The Rock of Cashel sits on a hill overlooking the town and is just as breathtaking from a distance as it is up close. The parking is convenient, and we pre-booked tickets for the tour. Make sure you.....  more »
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  • Phenomenal! It is one of the ruins that we enjoyed most! It is on a hill and the parking is at the foot of the hill. A short wait for the tickets (€8) and you are in! I would recommend the tour as the guide walks you through and tells the story of this grand structure. The old wall scripts are protected but visible to the public. It is amazing how much is preserved for us to see and enjoy. Definitely take your time and walk around. There is another ruin down the hill which is also amazing to visit. You can take the short cut through the grass field or you can take the paved walk around the Cashel grounds. Recommend both! Great site!
  • Went in late September, it was beautiful and very fascinating. Chapel tour was the highlight, it’s very ornate inside and has a rich history. Favorite castle in Ireland because of its historical significance and impressive architecture.

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