Cahir Castle is situated on a small, rocky island in the River Suir in County Tipperary – a natural spot for fortified structures since the third century. With many stairways and passageways to explore, Cahir is one of Ireland's largest and better preserved castle ruins. Its proud facade has provided the distinctive settings for the movies such as Barry Lyndon and Excalibur.
What to See
Guided tours of the castle are available, but you’ll also enjoy roaming the grounds and castle buildings at your own leisure. A tour through this magnificent building reveals a huge hall, dungeon and sturdy exterior fortress walls. Residential areas are also on display, furnished with charming reproductions of period pieces.
The current enormous structure, erected in the 13th Century, survived a series of heated battles in 1599, when the Earl of Essex finally captured it. Luckily, the fighting ceased before the great castle was damaged beyond repair. Since then, it has been beautifully maintained and renovated; today it is one of Ireland’s largest and finest castles.
Did You Know?
Cahir Castle is also famous as the place where documents were signed to put an end to the Cromwellian wars. The name, Cahir, means “City of the Fishing Fort”.
When you visit, be sure to make time for the informative audiovisual presentation available in the courtyard cottage. You’ll discover more about the castle itself, as well as other interesting area historic attractions.
Cahir Castle. Image by John5199
Cahir Castle view from road. Image by Nicola Corboy