Historic Houses and Castles

Historic Houses and Castles

Athassel Abbey


Republic of Ireland

The serene beauty of Athessel Abbey near the village of Golden, 7km from Cashel, belies its past as a major urban centre which once had 2,000 occupants. Established as an Augustinian monastery in the 12th century and dedicated to St Edmund, Athessel Abbey is the largest medieval priory in Ireland.

The abbey was built for the Augustinians by William Fitz-Aldhelm de Burgho. It burnt down in 1447 and while now in ruins, there are many intricately carved stones, the remains of the cloisters to explore. Spend a few hours in the tranquil countryside and enjoy spectacular views of the Galtee Mountains.

There is free public access to the Abbey but parking is limited. You must climb over a stile and walk through a field and over a medieval stone bridge to get to the Abbey. Comfortable footwear is a must and watch where you step.

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