Cahir Castle is quite well known and, if you are visiting Clogheen, the castle and the town of Cahir are well worth a visit. They are just 15 minutes drive away. (There is some video footage of the surrounds of the castle at the bottom of this post.)
Cahir Castle is located in the middle of Cahir town (a Heritage Town). It was once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family and is one of the best preserved of all standing castles in Ireland, retaining its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. It is situated on a rocky island on the River Suir. A visit to the castle includes an excellent audio-visual show informing visitors about the castle.
If you are visiting Cahir Castle, then the Swiss Cottage, just out the Ardfinnan road, and with a very strong connection to the castle, is also well worth a visit. You can walk to the Swiss Cottage from Cahir Castle via a lovely 4Km return route known as the ‘Coronation Walk‘.
Guided Tours are available with a maximum limit of 50 people. The tour lasts 30 – 40 minutes but you can stay on to view the castle on your own for as long as you wish afterwards. Large groups must be pre-booked but individuals and small groups can arrive at the castle and take the next available tour. Leaflets and Guide books are available in English. Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish.
The castle is open all year round with the following opening times:
Mid Oct – February: Daily 09.30 – 16.30
March – Mid June: Daily 09.30 – 17.30
Mid June – August; Daily 09.00 – 18.30
Sept – Mid Oct: Daily 09.30 – 17.30
Closed at Christmas from the 24th to the 30th December inclusive.
Admission Fees (2012)
Photography and Video are allowed but permission may be required for commercial purposes.
There is a large public car and coach park right beside the castle so parking is no problem. It is paid parking, with meters in the car park.
You’ll find Cahir Castle at the following Loc8 code YYW-65-FX9 – this can be downloaded to many SatNavs. For those who can’t use the code, there’s a map at the bottom of the page.
Castle St., Cahir, Co. Tipperary.
Phone: +353 52 7441011
You’ll find the castle’s website here.
Here are a few videos of Cahir Castle, along with its Ducks, Swans and Geese, taken in the picturesque autumn time, with the leaves on the trees on the River Suir starting to turn.