A county steeped in history, heritage and natural beauty, Tipperary has plenty for visitors to the area to see and do. With several historic towns and a variety of activities and events across the year, whether you’re traveling solo or with friends and family, ‘Tipp’ is certainly worth a visit in the coming 12 months. One of the most popular stopping points along Ireland’s Ancient East route, here are 10 reasons why you need to get yourself along to Tipperary.
10 Reasons You Need To Visit Tipperary
1 Rock of Cashel
This group of stunning medieval buildings should be reason enough for making the trip to Tipp! The heritage town of Cashel is one of many charming towns in Tipperary. Dominating the Cashel skyline, the Rock of Cashel is one of the most famous attractions anywhere in Ireland, and home to one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art anywhere in Europe.
The current structure dates back to the 12th and 13th Century with several buildings including a round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel. Other places to visit in the town of Cashel include the Brú Ború Centre, Cashel Heritage Centre, Cashel Folk Park and Hore Abbey.
You won’t have to travel far in Tipperary to visit a castle, with the county home to some of the most picturesque castle structures in Ireland. The previously mentioned Rock of Cashel has a stunning castle within its collection of buildings, while the town of Cahir is home to the 12th-Century Cahir Castle, one of the best preserved medieval castles in Ireland. Other castles worth exploring when visiting Tipperary are Loughmore Castle (named as one of our 32 hidden gems in Ireland), Nenagh Castle, Ormonde Castle and Roscrea Castle.
3 Historic Abbeys
Continue your historical trek through Tipperary by moving from the castles to the county’s many historic abbeys. Holy Cross Abbey near Thurles is a must visit, while Hore Abbey, Kilcooley Abbey and Athassel Abbey all worth visiting. The medieval town of Fethard is home to the spectacular Holy Trinity Church and is another popular Tipperary attraction worth visiting.
4 Bulmers Cider
Tipperary is the home of Ireland’s best-selling cider, with Bulmers Cider established in the town of Clonmel in 1935. If the weather is on your side when visiting Tipperary (and even if it’s not), be sure to sample a glass of Bulmers in the county of its birth. Other attractions to check out if you visit Clonmel include St Patrick’s Well and the Tipperary County Museum.
5 Scenic Drives
Take your time to explore the rugged landscape and sacred sites of Tipperary as you travel through the many historic towns by car. With the picturesque Lough Derg lying in Tipperary, the 125km Lough Derg Scenic Drive is a great way to spend the day exploring this area of outstanding natural beauty. Make the twinned town of Killaloe/Ballina your starting point, and as you travel through Nenagh, you’ll go through several towns as you travel from Tipperary to Galway and Clare before arriving back in Tipperary.
There are few places in Ireland that can rival Semple Stadium in Thurles for a hurling championship game, so if you’re in town when Tipperary are playing, be sure to get along and take in the incredible atmosphere. While in Thurles, find out more about the history of Gaelic Games by visiting the Lár Na Pairce museum.
Heritage and Tipperary go hand in hand, with the county shaped by many historic tales and wonderful heritage sites. Discover more about Tipperary’s past, and indeed some of the key historical dates in Ireland’s past by visiting some of the key heritage sites around Tipperary. Some of the main heritage centres to visit include Nenagh Heritage Centre, Slieveardagh Heritage Centre, Cashel Heritage Centre and Carrick-On-Suir Heritage Centre and Friary.
8 Picturesque Walks
Tipperary is home to many stunning inland parks and gardens, which provide a variety of great walks to be enjoyed with something for all levels of fitness. The Lough Derg Garden Trail is a collection of eight gardens spread along this scenic route should you want to get out and explore the great outdoors. Historic towns like Fethard have some impressive heritage walks while you’ll find several popular routes in the Galtee Mountains.
9 Mitchelstown Cave
Discovered in 1833, Mitchelstown Cave is one of the finest cave structures in Ireland and is located on the Tipperary – Cork border. The cave is open from May to November, where guided tours help tell the story of this fascinating underground cave. This truly impressive cave really has to be seen to be believed. A must see when visiting Tipperary, you’ll not be disappointed when visiting Mitchelstown Cave.
10 The Butler Trail
The Butler Trail is a newly launched trail that takes you around the heritage towns of Cahir, Carrick on Suir and Clonmel revealing the influence and impact that the Butler family had in Tipperary, along with the legacy they left behind. Some of the finest castles and houses in the county are linked to the family, and this trail, which allows you to venture along the winding River SValleylley, provides the perfect backdrop to the 800-year-old story of the Butlers that is just waiting to be told.
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