Top Historical Sites in TipperarySpend a couple of days in travelling around Tipperary's Top Historical Sites. You’ll be spoilt for choice when picking what attractions to visit. Learn more about the heritage and history of the county. Here are our top ten historical sites in Tipperary. There is plenty more.
The Rock of Cashel is one of many top historical sites in Tipperary. Located in the heart of Cashel and according to local legend, the Rock of Cashel was formed when the devil took a bite out of it. The devil’s bit is 30 miles away and it fell to form the Rock of Cashel. The Rock of Cashel is home to many medieval buildings that include a round tower, Cormac’s Chapel, Gothic Cathedral, Castle and restored hall of vicars. The Rock of Cashel is also known as castle of the Kings. The rock boasts many attractions that tell the story through the ages and include an audio-visual show, exhibitions and guided tours.
The Holycross Abbey is the second of our Top Historical Sites and is located in Holycross village. It is situated just outside Thurles. The Abbey was founded in 1168 by the King of Munster for the Benedictines. The abbey takes it's name from True Cross or Holy Rood, a relic brought to Ireland. The abbey became one of the most frequent places of pilgrimage in Ireland. Surpassed in 1536 but with the protection of the butler family, the monks remained in the abbey till the 17th century. The abbey fell into ruin over the years, however a move was to restore the abbey and make it a place of worship again. Work was completed in 1975. Free Guided Tours of the Abbey are available every Wednesday and Sunday at 2pm (church ceremonies permitting).
Situated in the centre of Cahir and the third of our Top Historical Sites in Tipperary, it has one of the best persevered castles in Ireland. The castle is unique. it appears that it was built into the actual rock itself and was built by Conor O’Brien. The powerful Anglo-Norman family 'The Butlers' came into possession of the castle in 1375 and over the years extended the castle. The last lord of the castle died in 1961 and the castle was handed over to the state. Cahir Castle features an excellent audio-visual show which informs visitors about it's eventful History.
Lough Derg is the fourth Top Historical Sites and Ireland’s second largest lake. It is a mixture of waterside and inland areas. This results in a wonderful combination of action packed harbour towns such as Ballina, Killaloe. It also has traditional villages such as Terryglass, Dromineer and Garrykennedy. Find out about ancient folklores like Brian Boru or visit the graves of the Leinstermen on the Lough Derg Way!
Fifth location and situated in County Tipperary at the foothills of the Galty Mountains, Mitchelstown Caves are a must see. The cave was discovered in 1833. A local labourer called Michael Condon discovered the cave. He accidently dropped his crowbar into a crevice and went looking for it. Tours of the cave are given by informative guides. They will take you through the massive caverns which are surrounded by dripstone formations, stalactites and stalagmites. The cave has one of Europe’s finest calcite columns, the huge tower of Babel Stands Tall.
Lar Na Páirce is our sixth listing. Located in Thurles and the birthplace of the GAA, the museum tells the story of the Gaelic Games. The museum is home to Ireland’s first and oldest collection of Gaelic Games sporting heritage. The museum gives the history and development of Gaelic Games from myth to legend right up to modern times. There are exhibitions on hurling, Gaelic Football, Handball, Camogie, Hurley making, sports broadcasting, the Sam Melbourne Collection of GAA memorabilia and much more. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m
Seventh listing and situated 2km from Cahir, the Swiss Cottage was built in the early 1800's by Richard Butler. The design is based on the famous regency architect, John Nash. The building is inspired by nature with it's thatched roof and the external woodwork resembling branched trees. The interior of the cottage contains a spiral staircase. The wallpaper in the salon was designed by the Dufour factory. The Swiss cottage gives guided tours and is free on the first Wednesday of every month.
Roscrea Castle was built in the early 18th century in the Queen Anne style and makes our eighth Top Historical Sites. Damer House is an example of pre-Palladian architecture. It's rooms house temporary exhibitions. One of the rooms is furnished in period style. Don't miss out on a visit to the old Black Mills where St Cronan's high cross and pillar stone are on display. it's adjacent to a magnificent round tower.
Ninth on our list and situated in Carrick-on-Suir, Ormond Castle is the best example of an Elizabethan manor house in Ireland. The house was built in the 16th century by Thomas Butler. He added the ‘new’ north range to the existing buildings, which became known as the Manor House. It boasts a magnificent long gallery and the most outstanding feature of the house is the decorative plasterwork which is one of the finest examples of the craft in Ireland. (currently closed for some refurbishment)
Our final listing for Top Historical Sites in Tipperary is Nenagh Castle. It is the oldest building in the town. In fact it's construction in the 13th century laid the foundation for the development of the whole town. Built from limestone rubble, the castle features four storeys and thanks to a recent renovation, this wonderful landmark now represents the town’s premier tourist attraction. The building has a stone spiral stairs with 101 steps in all to the top. Access to the tower is through a passageway within the base of the wall.