Rock of Cashel is quite a spectacular archaeological site and the limestone ruins lay perched up in contrast above the green Tipperary countryside.
The Rock was once the seat of the Kings of Munster. It was visited by St, Patrick in 450 and Brian Boru was crowned King of Ireland here in the 10th century. Granted to the church in the 1100s by the O’Brien clan king, the Rock became the seat of the archbishop and it was at this time that Cormac’s Chapel was built. In 1647 the Rock was ransacked by Cromwellian forces under the leadership of Lord Inchiquin.
Today the impressive stone walls enclose a round tower, the cathedral, a 12th century romanesque chapel, high crosses and other structures. The gothic cathedral dates back to the 13th century and includes a central square tower and living quarters. The steps of the tower lead to the summit roof walk.
The smaller structure of Cormac’s Chapel displays some typical romanesque features while the Hall of the Vicar’s Choral at the entrance to the Rock is a 15th century house which has been recently restored. Here you will find a museum with guided tours and interesting exhibits, including silverware and St. Patrick’s Cross.
If you want to read more about our 3-week road trip through Ireland, read our post on Ireland Itineraries for Families!
(Disclosure: Burbs2Abroad traveled to the above locations as guests and was not compensated for this review. As always, our opinions are our own.)
Time of Year Visited: June 2017