The Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland’s most beautiful yet haunting places to visit.
It is said to have been formed by the devil himself when, in a struggle with St Patrick, he threw a huge limestone rock from his cave. Other stories say it was formed when the devil took a bite from the mountainside and broke his tooth, and it is the tooth which formed Rock of Cashel.
The buildings on the rock include a chapel and cathedral, some of which originate from the 1100s, for example the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel. The stunning Gothic cathedral dates from the 1200s. There is also a castle building which is a bit of a newcomer, having been built as recently as the 1400s!
Is it Haunted?
Well, some people would say so. Apparently ghosts are regularly seen around some of the old buildings. One popular ghost story connected with the Rock of Cashel is that of a phantom coach and horses which, it is said, can often be heard racing along the old cobble stones of the pathways between the ancient buildings.
Guided tours around the buildings are available and last around 45 minutes.
At the time of writing, cost of entry were:
Senior and Groups: €4.00
St. Patrick’s Rock of Cashel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Telephone: +353 62 61437
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Map of Rock of Cashel
During the peak summer months, from early June to mid September, the Rock is open daily from 9am to 7pm. Closing times are earlier during the off-peak and winter months.
The Rock of Cashel gets hugely busy during the summer, so be prepared for some delays or waiting to get into some of the buildings.
The Rock of Cashel is situated in the village of Cashel, Tipperary. It is around 2 hours drive from the ferry port of Rosslare, which is well served by two ferry routes from Wales, one from Pembroke with Irish Ferries and the other from Fishguard with Stena Line.
It’s also easy to reach the Rock of Cashel from Dublin, and given that much of the drive is on motorway, the drive is probably quicker. Ferries go from Liverpool (with P&O Ferries) or Holyhead to Dublin, but don’t forget that the ferry port of Dun Laoghaire, which is also served by ferries from Holyhead.
Photo credit: Tourism Ireland