THIS GREAT DAY TOUR FROM CORK COMBINES A VISIT TO THE ROCK OF CASHEL, THE MOST IMPRESSIVE CLUSTER OF MEDIEVAL BUILDINGS IN IRELAND WITH 2 HOURS OF FREE TIME TO EXPLORE MEDIEVAL KILKENNY AS YOU WISH.
Cork – Kilkenny & Rock of Cashel – Escorted Day Tour
Pick-up Location – Bridge St Tourist Office, Cork
The Rock of Cashel
You will explore one of the finest religious sites in Ireland, and marvel at the fine architecture.
According to local legends, the Rock of Cashel originated in the Devil’s Bit, a mountain 20 miles north of Cashel when St. Patrick banished Satan from a cave, resulting in the Rock’s landing in Cashel.
The Rock of Cashel is a multi-period monastic site, which was a fortress before it became the seat of the bishop of the diocese of Cashel and is iconic in its historic significance, possessing the most impressive cluster of medieval buildings in Ireland.
Including its round tower, a 15th century Tower House, a high cross, a Romanesque chapel, a Gothic Cathedral, the Hall of the Vicars Choral and an Abbey.
The oldest of the structures is also the tallest structure, the well preserved Round Tower (90 feet high) and dates from c.1100.
The structure features vaulted ceilings and wide arches, drawing on contemporary European architecture and infusing unique native elements.
The Hall of the Vicars Choral was built in the 15th century. The Vicars Choral were laymen, sometimes minor canons, appointed to assist in chanting the cathedral services. At Cashel there were originally eight Vicars Choral with their own seal.
Onwards to Kilkenny. You will enjoy 2 hours of free time in Ireland’s medieval capital.
This midieval town has deep religious roots and many well-preserved churches and monasteries, including the imposing St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey Dominican priority, both from the 13th-century.
It’s also a craft hub, with shops along its winding lanes selling pottery, paintings and jewelry.
Consider an optional visit to Kilkenny Castle. The grand Castle was built in 1195 by Norman occupiers to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways. Enjoy a walk in the Castle Gardens, with pleasant views of the River Nore.
Dominican Order in Ireland
Visit The Black Abbey, a Catholic priory of the Dominican Order, dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Black Abbey was established in 1225 as one of the first houses of the Dominican Order in Ireland.
Climb the 100ft tall round tower at St. Canice’s Cathedral
You may choose to visit St Canice’s Cathedral. The present building dates from the 13th century and is the 2nd largest cathedral in Ireland after St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. St. Canice’s tower is a 9th century Celtic Christian round tower that stands 100 ft. tall and can still be climbed to the top!.
Or you may just sit it out and visit a local Pub for a pint of Kilkenny beer! A great day tour from Cork!
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