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Holycross Abbey
Holycross, Co. Tipperary
Free to visit
Rainy days
Free car parking
Hidden gem
Explore magnificent Holycross Abbey, a restored Cistercian abbey on the scenic River Suir in County Tipperary. Founded in 1168 by the King of Munster, it became a place of medieval pilgrimage.

Discover the rich, colourful past of Holycross Abbey, one of Ireland’s National Monuments. It takes its name from a relic of the True Cross or Holy Rood, a fragment of which was brought to Ireland by Queen Isabella of Angoulême around 1233.

Take a guided tour and hear the story of this incredible place from local guides, admire Cistercian art including the Sedilia and the Waking Bier and look out for Michael, said to be the oldest church bell in Ireland. Wander around the Padre Pio meditation garden, view the True Cross, share a secret at the whispering arch and see the only intact medieval chapter house doorway in Ireland.

Stop off in picturesque Holycross village with its cluster of thatched cottages and vibrant flowers. Get a sense of the history of this sacred place, a destination of pilgrimage for people all over the world.

Why we like it
  • Marvel at incredible Cistercian art.
  • Meditate in the Padre Pio garden.
  • View the True Cross relic.
  • See the oldest church bell in Ireland.
Tips from locals

Explore the nearby Caragh Wetlands and head on the Cosmic Walk. See the unique sculptures on the self guided walk, telling the story of the birth and development of the universe.

Tips from locals

Combine your visit to Holycross Abbey with a stop in Thurles, the birthplace of the GAA. Check out the Lár na Páirce GAA Museum and see Ireland’s oldest collection of Gaelic Games sporting heritage.

Contact details
Holycross Abbey, Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 1.5 hours here.

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