Heritage Ireland

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

Limited Access

Open for private visits & guided tours
Tours of Holycross Abbey are available but must be pre-booked to ensure the safety of all and in compliance with government guidelines. Bookings can be made by contacting 086-1665869, 0504-43124 or by emailing holycrossabbeytours@gmail.com. Please book at least 48 hours in advance to ensure availability.
Access dependent on local ceremonies
Abbey Opening Times: 09:00 - 18:00 Mon - Sat, 10:30 - 18:00 Sun
Gift Shop Opening Times: 10:00 - 16:00 Mon - Sat, 11:30 - 17:00 Sun
Contact: 0504-43124 for further information

Admission

Guided tour donations: €5.00

Getting here

Holycross
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

Abbey Opening Times: 09:00 – 18:00 Mon – Sat, 10:30 – 18:00 Sun

Gift Shop Opening Times: 10:00 – 16:00 Mon – Sat, 11:30 – 17:00 Sun

Contact: 0504-43124 for further information

Contact

Holycross
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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Facilities

  • Car park
  • Guided tours
  • Picnic Area
  • Toilets

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