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Cahir Castle

A defensive powerhouse of the thirteenth century

09:30- 16:30

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Cahir Castle

A defensive powerhouse of the thirteenth century

09:30- 16:30

See all opening times

Site Closed

Cahir Castle is closed until further notice


Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00


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Castle Street
Co. Tipperary
E21 P652

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Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle is one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved castles. It stands proudly on a rocky island on the River Suir.

The castle was was built in the thirteenth century and served as the stronghold of the powerful Butler family. So effective was its design that it was believed to be impregnable, but it finally fell to the earl of Essex in 1599 when heavy artillery was used against it for the first time. During the Irish Confederate Wars it was besieged twice more.

At the time of building, Cahir Castle was at the cutting edge of defensive castle design and much of the original structure remains.

An excellent audiovisual show now provides sightseers with a detailed appreciation of the castle’s long history. Visitors also flock to the castle because of its role as a film and TV location – it has featured in productions like Excalibur and The Tudors.

Opening Times

Open all Year

Average Length of Visit: 1 – 1.5 hours


Seasonal Opening Times

March - Mid June

Daily 09:30 – 17:30

Last admission 16:45

Mid June - August

Daily 09:00 – 18:30

Last admission 17:45

September - Mid October

Daily 09:30- 17:30

Last admission 16:45

Mid October - February

Daily 09:30 – 16:30

Last admission 15:45

24 - 31 December



All Groups must be pre- booked


Castle Street
Co. Tipperary
E21 P652

052 744 1011

Getting Here

Centre of Cahir Town (Heritage Town).

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  • AV presentation
  • Baby Changing
  • Bookshop
  • Brochure
  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • On the Suir Blueway
  • River Walk
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet


  • Appropriate footwear
  • Assistance dogs only
  • Hold hand rail
  • Limited Access
  • Stay back from edge
  • Uneven walkways

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