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The 11 best things to do on your next trip to Tipperary
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Dreamy fortresses, serene scenery and food galore await in County Tipperary. Regardless of what type of explorer you are, an exhilarating trip across grasslands, mountains and peaceful towns and villages makes for a great short break.

Read on to discover things to do in the Premier County.

1Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland’s most iconic locations and the medieval ecclesiastical buildings dominate the landscape on this limestone outcrop in the Golden Vale. Also known as St. Patrick’s Rock, it is the 13th century Gothic Cathedral which captivates people the most. The cathedral is a large cruciform church without aisles and was built between 1230 and 1270. Immerse yourself in the story of the Rock with the audiovisual show and exhibitions in the Hall of Vicars.

2Cahir Castle
Visiting Cahir Castle is a must when you're in Tipperary.

Designed to be a prime defensive location, Cahir Castle is an imposing structure that seems to grow out from the rock on which it stands. Put yourself at the centre of centuries of sieges and bombardments as you explore the castle which was captured three times in its history. In 1961, the last Lord of Cahir died and it was handed over to the State. It still retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure.

3Glen of Aherlow

Experience the wilderness at the Glen of Aherlow, where no matter which of the eight looped walks you choose, you’re in for a treat. The Galtee Mountains have long been known as a walker’s paradise and all levels of fitness are catered to here. Five of the looped walks begin at Christ the King Trail Head and three from Lisvarrinane Village Trail Head, each one taking you across forest tracks, open moorland and alongside corries lakes and mountainsides. 

If you’re looking for something more relaxed visit the Nature Park which is perfect for families or a peaceful woodland ramble. View the plants, flowers and the natural habitat of the animals that make up this wonderful ecosystem.

4Brú Ború Cultural Centre

An affiliate of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Brú Ború Cultural Centre is the perfect place to catch impressive theatre performances, a local comic or most often, beautiful traditional music. In the centre’s subterranean chambers, seven metres underground you’ll find the ‘Sounds of History’ exhibition which echoes Ireland’s past through a magical journey touching on our rich Irish culture.

5Swiss Cottage

A delightful ornamental cottage that was built in the early 1800s by Richard Butler, first Earl of Glengall, Swiss Cottage is an enchanting building with a distinctive thatched roof and was designed to be inspired by nature. Take a guided tour and see inside this charming structure which has a graceful spiral staircase, a parquet floor and elegantly decorated rooms with Parisian wallpapers.

See the unique Swiss Cottage in Tipperary
6Devil’s Bit Loop

Legend has it that the devil took a bite out of the mountain and broke off a tooth while doing so, and thus the Rock of Cashel came to be. The summit of Devil’s Bit Mountain stands at 478m and you can enjoy views of eight surrounding counties from the top. Adventure through forests and along hillside paths on this 5km looped walk before making your way to the summit for the most breathtaking views.

7Ormond Castle

Known as the best example of an Elizabethan manor house in Ireland, Ormond Castle was built by the 10th Earl of Ormond in the 1560s. An architectural marvel, explore the two 15th century towers and country’s only unfortified surviving since that period. Within its walls, you’ll find incredible decorative plasterwork and a magnificent long gallery to explore.

8Fethard Horse Country Experience

Get interactive at the Fethard Horse Country Experience, which examines the relationship between the Irish people, the land, horses, and how they’re all inextricably linked. Spread across two floors of a 17th century Tholsel building, the audiovisual exhibitions bring the social history, local stories and thoroughbred racing to life. The first country market in Ireland took place here in 1957 and continues every Friday where you can pick up some local produce. 

For a special treat, try Dooks Fine Foods’ seasonal menu of Irish cuisine using locally sourced produce only – their five course menu is something special.

9Mitchelstown Caves

Underground and in a world without sun, the Mitchelstown Caves are a timeless place where nature reigns supreme. Explore the three massive caverns filled with dripstone formations, stalactites and stalagmites that make up this world. Picnic outside these beautiful caves with views of the Galtee Mountains before or after your tour underground.

10 Explore Lough Derg by boat

Book a boat trip along Lough Derg and discover an untouched, tranquil part of Ireland. The lough offers some spectacular views and the village of Coolbawn is unrivalled in its beauty. 

Take a two day tour exploring the 120km route or map your own journey, noting some of the area’s unique sights. Garrykennedy is worth a visit to see the ruins of the medieval castle and don’t miss Dromineer, one of the oldest villages on the Lough. 

Terryglass has a rich history with the abbey founded by Saint Columba and the picturesque village is renowned for its friendly people. Arrive in time to watch a sunset on the harbour, an experience to remember.

11Unleash your inner foodie

Tipperary has an abundance of top Irish cuisine, so the question is, how many meals can you squeeze into a day? You certainly won’t leave this county hungry. Dine on some of the finest Italian food in the country at Tuscany Bistro for high quality fare with a modern twist, or for more traditional Irish dishes, check out Goosers Bar and Restaurant close to the bridge that links Tipperary and Clare. 

Enjoy spectacular views over Lough Derg as you eat at Larkins, which combines fantastic food with regular trad sessions. Finish your evening with a tipple at Paddy’s Bar along the riverside in Terryglass – enjoy a perfectly poured pint and soak up the pub’s local charms.

Tipperary’s rich history, beautiful scenery and fantastic food will keep you coming back for more. See more great ideas on our Tipperary destination page and start planning your trip to Tipp.

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