A visit to the Rock of Cashel

Rock of CashelDriving from Kilkenny to Dublin, we took a short detour from the M9 to stop by Cashel, the historic town of the kings, where we visited the famous Rock of Cashel.

Although I’ve lived in Ireland all my life, I had never before visited the Rock of Cashel. It is an impressive site with plenty to see and commands fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.

There is a public car park adjacent to the Rock of Cashel site where the charge was €4 on the day that we visited. There is a short, steep walk from the car park to the Rock — too steep for my companion.

Although the Rock of Cashel is a well known Irish tourist attraction, it seems quite a few Irish people have not visited it. We were immediately struck by the scale of the historic buildings contained within the Rock of Cashel site which includes a round tower, a large and impressive cathedral, a Romanesque Chapel, a “Hall of the Vicars Choral”, a graveyard with some high Celtic crosses and  panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

The Rock of Cashel site is operated by the Office of Public Works and admission is usually €6 for an adult. Our visit, by chance, was on the first Wednesday of the month so admission was free under the OPW’s 2013 ‘Free Wednesday’s’ scheme.