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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 Chalice

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. Guided Tour - Wednesday 2.00pm/ Saturday 11.00am/ Sunday 2.30pm. Occassional religious ceremonies may alter tour availability. For more information T: 086 1665869 E: holycrossabbeytours@gmail.com

Cahir Castle

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. Currently Closed for renovations - reopening soon

The Derrynaflan Trail - 'Tipperary Ecclesiastical Trails'

The Derrynaflan Trail is a driving trail that will bring you along the highways & byways of Tipperary. Here you will discover the rich ecclesiastical heritage of this wonderful part of Ireland, from the Slieveardagh Hills around Killenaule, across Littleton Bog an on to
Holycross on the banks of the River Suir. The trail leads you to Church sites, old monasteries, graveyards, holy wells and other sacred places.
Booklet & audio guide available from the hotel or online www.slieverdagh.com and www.holycrossballycahill.com


As the name of the hotel and in fact village suggests, horses are the local passion. In and around the market town of Fethard the Coolmore farms occupy some of the finest lands in Ireland and are home to Ballydoyle, undisputedly the best stud farm in the world. Group tours of Coolmore (6 people +) can be organised at certain times. Please contact reception to check availability. Open: Monday-Friday.

Indulge in our horse-racing

The Horse & Jockey Hotel is in the privileged position of being in close proximity to three major National Hunt race-courses. Please see press or ask reception for details of race meetings during your stay.

Thurles Racecourse
A mecca for quality, action packed jump racing where it is very likely that you will see a future Cheltenham or Punchestown winner in action.

Clonmel Racecourse:
A charming racecourse blessed with a scenic wooded setting in the Suir River valley, a course where some of the games brightest stars have raced.

Limerick Junction:
This course provides high class racing both on the flat and over jumps. Most of the action takes place in Spring and Summer time where various grade 1 & grade 2 take place.