The serene beauty of Athassel 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, Athassel 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.
- Ireland's largest monastery.
- Stunning views of the River Suir and the Galtee Mountains.
- A real undiscovered gem.
Athassel Abbey is one of many interesting sites along the well signposted Tipperary Heritage Way. This walking route runs for 56km following the course of the River Suir from the Knockmealdown mountains to the town of Cashel.
The area near Athassel has many more abbeys, with the ruins of St Dominick's Abbey and Hore Abbey in Cashel town or Cahir or Holycross Abbeys just a short drive.