The Rock of Cashel
‘The Rock’, remains one of Ireland’s most spectacular landmarks rising about the plain and dominating the surrounding area. Set on an outcrop of limestone in the heart of the Golden Vale it was once the seat of the High Kings of Munster. The site, the most visited in Ireland, provides an interpretative centre, museum, guided tours and superb views over the breath-taking plains of Tipperary. Open all year round. www.cashel.ie.
Derrynaflan is an island of pastureland surrounded by bogland which was the site of an early abbey. The area became famous when a 9th century chalice, know as the Derrynaflan Chalice, was found in 1980. This ornate chalice has been described as the archaeological find of the century. A special open air dawn mass takes place every Easter Sunday in the ruins of the abbey. Guided tours with a local of the Derrynaflan area can be arranged by the hotel.
Holy Cross Abbey
This impressive abbey became a place of pilgrimage when a relic of the true Cross was presented to the Cistercian monks in 1180AD.
The annual novena takes place every September. Open all year round.
Farney Castle Holycross
Ireland’s only inhabited round tower, Farney Castle is the home of fashion designer, Cyril Cullen, and his family. His porcelain workshop is also here and pieces can be bought in the castle shop along with other gifts and clothes. There’s a coffee shop here too. Farney Castle was built in 1495, and it has had many other famous residents and visitors. They include the Earls of Ormond, Henry VIII, James I and George I. Look out for the “Salmon of Knowledge” in the Guardroom.
Cahir Castle is one of the largest and best preserved of its type in the country and is situated on a rocky outcrop in the River Suir. Its history dates back to the 12th century. Open all year round.
Bru Boru, located at the foot of the Rock of Cashel, is a must see venue! It is run by Comhaltas Ceoltoriri Eireann, a national organization committed to the promotion of Irish music, song, dance and language. Bru Boru present a colourful and exciting traditional show in their superb theatre through-out the summer months (Tuesday-Saturday inclusive @ 9pm). www.bruboru.ie
It has been enhanced with ‘The Sound of History’ Cultural Audio/ Visual Exhibition. The subterranean seven chambers underground, echo the story of Ireland from ancient times to present day. Plus offers a Genealogy service to South Tipperary.
Cashel Folk Village
Cashel Folk Village/Museums, has a history that dates back almost 400 years, while historical artefacts on site date back as far as 20,000 years. www.cashelfolkvillage.ie
Turtlla Gardens in Thurles. This mature, award winning garden features a fish pond shrubs, herbaceous perennials, over 30 types of daffodil, an impressive hydrangea bed and over 300 roses. www.loughderggardens.com
Lar na Páirce is an interpretative centre of Gaelic Games on Slievenamon Road, Thurles. It is the first centre of its kind in the countrmy and it was the first attempt to tell the story of Gaelic Games in an interactive way. www.discoverireland.ie/Arts-Culture-Heritage/
In 1995 the Thurles Church of Ireland community kindly donated one third of this building to create a Famine Museum to commemorate the many people who lost their lives through disease and starvation during the Great Famine in Ireland of 1845-1850. www.faminemuseum.com
Ireland is the foremost greyhound breeding country in the world. Enjoy an exciting night ‘at the dogs’ at one of two excellent greyhound stadiums in the area.
Thurles greyhound stadium hosts weekly meeting on Friday & Saturday night commencing @ 8pm. Clonmel greyhound stadium hosts weekly meetings on Thursday & Sunday evening.
The Horse & Jockey Hotel is in the privileged position of being in close proximity to three major National Hunt race courses. Thurles race course, Clonmel race course and Tipperary race course.
Tippeary is a walkers paradise with a diverse range of walk available on our door-step. The various hill walks of Upperchurch & The Glen of Aherlow/Galtees Mountains within 30mins of our hotel which makes the Horse & Jockey an ideal base for walking enthusiasts. Below are a selection of web-sites which have a wealth of information regarding walks in the area:
Tipperary has much to offer the cyclist. Whether following designated routes throughout the country or heading off your own way through the countryside. www.tipperary.ie/cycling-routes
Fishing on the River Suir. The River Suir rises in the Devils Bit Mountains and flows through the limestone country of South Tipperary and North Waterford. Its physical characteristics provide an ideal habitat for salmon and trout. Grilse runs begin in late June and usually last through to the end of September, when the season ends. www.cashel.ie/angling
The Source Arts Centre
This impressive arts centre opened in Autumn ’06 on the banks of the River Suir in central Thurles. A year round programme of events includes theatre, dance, music and art exhibitions. Full listings of up-coming events can be found on www.thesourceartscentre.ie