The Rock of Cashel is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in the whole of Ireland. While in Cahir you’re just 15 minutes away, it is the next town along the M8 motorway from Cahir travelling north (Exit 7, 8 or 9). It is such an iconic attraction that Queen Elizabeth paid it a visit during her Irish trip in 2011.
The Rock of Cashel (Carraig Phádraig), is more formally known as St. Patrick’s Rock. The town is also known as Cashel of the Kings. This is reputedly the site of the conversion of Aenghus the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century AD. Long before the Norman invasion The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster, although there is little structural evidence of their time here. Most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries when the rock was gifted to the Church. The buildings represent both Hiberno-Romanseque and Germanic influences in their architecture.
If you are travelling on the M8 Motorway there are three exits for Cashel. Any of them will allow you access to the Rock. The best is the Dundrum exit, no. 7, as you can see some wonderful views of the Rock as you enter the town, but exits 8 and 9 will also get you there. Exit 9 is the closest to Cahir. You’ll find the Rock at the following Loc8 Code – RX3-42-PC7 – which can be downloaded to your SatNav. There’s a map at the bottom of the page if you can’t use this.
- Mid March to Mid June, daily 9.30am – 5.30pm
- Mid June to Mid September 9.00am – 7.00pm
- Mid September to Mid October 9.00am – 5.30pm
- Mid October to Mid March 9.00am – 4.30pm
- Last admission: 45 minutes prior to closure
Phone: 062 61437 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adult – €5.30
- Senior Citizen – €3.70
- Student (valid I.D.) – €2.10
- Family – €11.50