Things To Do In Cashel
Cashel and its surrounding area provides numerous attractions and things to do for all visitors. Follow the pub trial, enjoy the locally sourced food in the restaurants, visit The Rock or The Abbey, take in some fishing; hikers can choose from a number of mountain ranges or just enjoy one of the laid back cafes.
Cashel has some of the finest restaurants in Ireland. Ladyswell House is located next door to the world famous Chez Hans (Tel : 062 61177)restaurant. Situated in an old presbyterian church at the base of the Rock of Cashel, this gastronomic heaven is simply unmissable. We will be happy to make reservations on your behalf. For pub grub we highly recommendHannigans Bar for a good steak and Daverns Bar(Tel : 062 61121) in the centre of town for top quality bar food. Also worthy of avisit are the wonderfulLegends Restaurant(also next door to us!!!!) with outstaning views of the Rock of Cashel and the Bishops Buttery at the Cashel Palace where you will get food that is “fit for a King”.
The pub trail from Ladyswell House inevitability starts at Hannigan’s Bar for a good stout and some pub grub. From there you may try the Capitol Bar for some authentic olde worlde Ireland. We highly recommend Mikey Ryan’s Bar in the centre of town as having a congenial atmosphere and top quality stout. For interior decor Dowling’s Bar featured on the “Pubs of Ireland” poster at the end of town is an ornate gem of a place. For live traditional music Daverns bar generally have music on Sundays and Wednesdays in the summer season and there is usually a trad session at Cantwells bar opposite the Cashel Palace. Speaking of the Cashel Palace the first pint of Guinness in Ireland was brewed on the grounds here. The original hop Tree still stands in the garden. The Guinness Bar celebrate this little known fact that the marketers of Guinness have being trying to hide. If you are a fan of sing songs just ask for the Old Crooner called Dennis Heffernan, who has being a sourse of many a great night in this historic bar.
The major attraction of course is the Rock of Cashel, Ireland’s premier tourist attraction. You really need to stay in Cashel to appreciate the beauty of the Rock at night. Floodlight from the inside it stands haunting and majestic over the town of Cashel in an eerie beautiful silence. However The Rock is merely the icing on the cake of one of Ireland’s most archaeologically, architecturally and culturally diverse regions. There is numerious Abbeys of interest within a 10 mile radius from The Hore Abbey at the base of the Rock, to Attassal Abbey and Holy Cross Abbey both on the banks of the River Suir in the villages of Golden and Holy Cross respectively. Cashel is located one hours drive from the Medievil city of Kilkenny, the attractive hillside town of Lismore and we have three fine mountain ranges of The Galtees, Comeragh and Knockmealdowns for touring and panoramic views of the country.
Off The Beaten Track
There are hidden gems in the Golden Vale to match everybody’s soulful expectations of Ireland as a quiet, rural, and peaceful retreat from the chaos of the modern world. Synonymous with this is the Glen of Aherlow, one of Irelands best kept undiscovered beauty spots. The views from The Aherlow House Hotel across to the Galtee Mountains on a fine summer evening are like “heavens reflex” itself. Equally stunning is the Knockmealdown Mountain Drive. Here you will find some of Ireland most mystical places like the Lake which is reputed to be “bottomless”, Mount Mellerry and the scenic town of Lismore with the magnificant Lismore Castle. We also highly recommend a visit to the Equine town of Fethard the home of the Bloodstock industry in Ireland. Why not stop in McCarthys bar after a days touring and enjoy a pint of the black stuff with the locals who may well be Lords and Ladies.
If you like golf, fishing, walking, horse-riding, racing or even field sports, you will find an abundance of options in the Cashel area. For Golfers there are 5 major Parkland Courses located within 15 miles of Cashel, in Dundrum, Clonmel, Tipperary, Thurles and Cahir. For lovers of horses there is the above mentioned Coolmore, Ballydolye Stud in Rosegreen and the possibility of trail riding in Cahir, the beautiful Nire Valley and local county farms. Fishing on the river suir is a pleasure with a variety of salmon, trout, pike and bream in some of Europes cleanest waters. For walkers try scaling Ireland’s third largest peak, Galtymore which is visible from the bedrooms at Ladyswell House. There are numerous race meetings in the area throughout the year.