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Holycross Abbey

A place of pilgrimage with a fascinating past

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Holycross Abbey

A place of pilgrimage with a fascinating past

See all opening times


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Co. Tipperary
E41 PH01

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Holycross Abbey

As destination for pilgrims, Holy Cross Abbey, near Thurles, County Tipperary, has a rich history. Pilgrims travelled here for eight centuries to venerate the relic after which the abbey and surrounding villages are named – a piece of the True Cross of Christ’s crucifixion.

Today this working parish church is a peaceful landmark and a place for quiet contemplation and historical discovery. As well as inspecting the relic of the cross, you can marvel at the building’s ornate stonework. The chancel is possibly the finest piece of fifteenth-century architecture in the country. The abbey also houses one of the only surviving medieval wall paintings in Ireland.

Opening Times

The Abbey is open daily.

Guided tours March – September

Wednesday and Sunday 14:30 No booking necessary

Bookings at other times Tel +353 (86) 166 5869 Email holycrossabbeytours@gmail.com

Tour duration 40 minutes approx.


Co. Tipperary
E41 PH01

086 166 5869

Getting Here

Located just 15km from The Rock of Cashel, Holycross Village is a tranquil, and picturesque medieval village straddling the River Suir in the middle of County Tipperary.

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  • Car park
  • Guided tours
  • Picnic Area
  • Toilets


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