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The Main Guard
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Free to visit
Rainy days
Paid car parking
Family friendly
The Main Guard is a five bay two storey courthouse and market house and one of Clonmel's most distinctive landmarks. The Main Guard was built in 1675 by Duke of Ormond, James Butler, and is located in the heart of Clonmel town, County Tipperary.

The Main Guard originally the courthouse of the Ormond Palatinate, the building has served various functions over the centuries, such as market house, barracks, public house and now a museum. In 1715, the Palatinate jurisdiction was extinguished.

The ground floor, consisting of a loggia (or gallery) of open arches, was converted into shops and had additional floors added around 1810. The Main Guard, with its distinctive clock tower, has been recently restored to its original form. Almost ten years of painstaking restoration, which included incorporating stone from nearby Cistercian ruins, resulted in a Heritage Award for Best Practice in Conservation in the Tipperary.

The building is open to visitors from April to September and guided tours available.

Tips from locals

The Main Guard may close at short notice so it is advised to call ahead if you are planning a visit.

Contact details
Sarsfield St, Oldbridge, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 30 minutes to 1 hour here.

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