Top 30 Things To Do In County Tipperary, Ireland

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With Ireland’s signature lush greenery all around, County Tipperary is an adventurer’s paradise. Located in the middle of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and the Golden vale in Ireland’s Ancient East, this place is filled with a lot of places for family-friendly fun and adventures. It features historical monuments, impressive castles, bike parks, nature trails, mysterious buildings with fascinating histories, and so much more. If you love water sports, Tipperary offers you a variety of water-based activities too. The area also has a wide range of accommodation options as well as lots of great dining options to explore. So, if you are looking for somewhere to enjoy laid-back, entertaining, and fun times on your vacation, this city is perfect. Read on to discover the top things to do in County Tipperary, Ireland, to maximize your getaway.

1. Enjoy the magnificent views from Hore Abbey

Hore Abbey, Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland

Posted by Visions of Ireland & Scotland on Friday, 30 August 2019

Hore Abbey was founded in the 13th century by the order of the Benedictines. This place sits in a meadow opposite the Rock of Cashel. It is a magically beautiful area you won’t want to miss. The Benedictines were thrown out of the site by the Archbishop in 1269, but the building remained intact to date, although more features were added to the structure in the 15th century. The Abbey is serene and peaceful, and it’s also an ideal spot for a romantic walk.

Hore Abbey

Address: Loughnafina, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Hore Abbey

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

2. Explore the impressive ruins at Rock of Cashel (from USD 86.0)

Standing like a beacon in the middle of nowhere, this site is one of the most remarkable places to visit in the entire country. An incredible castle, the Rock of Cashel is complete with all the features of a small city. Although most of its structures lie in ruins, they are still breathtaking to see. Enjoy great views of the green landscape from the lookout point, and also try your strength and attempt pulling out the Excalibur type sword in front of the castle. This tour of the entire town starts from your hotel through the many significant landmarks in the city – including Rock of Cashel.

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3. Take a tour of the incredible Redwood Castle

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Posted by Ireland and Peg's Cottage on Wednesday, 19 April 2017

A former MacEgan home, Redwood Castle is one of the most famous family homes in Ireland. The Castle was built in the 12th century and has housed several distinguished people in the country’s history. The MacEgan family, who owned the building, also established a school of law and letters, which is popular among many scholars. It is located on a small hill near Shannon and was recently refurbished and restored. Take a guided tour of the castle and see its features – including the banquet rooms and bedchambers, old photos of the castle, and enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside from the rooftop terrace.

Redwood Castle

Address: Redwood, Redwood, Lorrha, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Opening hours: 2am - 6pm (daily)

4. Get a spiritual experience at St. Patrick's Well

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If you’d like to visit a place where you can enjoy a quiet and spiritual experience, Saint Patrick’s Well is an ideal spot. This site is located near Marlfield Village, on the outskirts of Clonmel town. This scenic area is famous among visitors on pilgrimage trips. This sacred place is home to the most significant holy wells in the country. The well’s water flows into a pool, with an early-Christian, Celtic-style cross at its center via two stone channels.

St. Patrick's Well

Address: Gortmore, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

5. See interesting artifacts at Cashel Folk Village

Posted by Places around Ireland on Sunday, 24 September 2017

Cashel Folk Village is an incredible museum situated just a few meters from the famous Rock of Cashel. Having received several awards of excellence, this institution is a must-explore. It is home to an extensive collection of original artifacts and items from different periods in Irish history. A trip to this site will allow you to enjoy an educational walk down the country’s fascinating and inspiring past. If you are a lover of history, then this spot should be at the top of your itinerary.

Cashel Folk Village

Address: Dominic St, St. Dominick’s Abbey, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Cashel Folk Village

Price: 17 USD

6. Enjoy a thrilling bike ride in Bike Park Ireland


Of all the several exciting outdoor experiences in the region, you shouldn’t miss a trip to Bike Park, Ireland. At this impressive venue, you will enjoy a thrilling experience racing down the hill on a bike. The park has over 161.9 hectares (400 acres) of land in Roscrea with 8 tracks to choose from. There are different levels of difficulty, so no matter your experience with riding bikes, you will have more than enough fun here. You don’t have to have a bike to enjoy this adventure; the site offers rentals – including mountain motorcycles, full-face helmets, and knee, elbow, and shin pads for safety.

Bike Park Ireland

Address: Knockshigowna, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Bike Park Ireland

Opening hours: Mon: 24 hours (closed from Tue - Sun)

Price: From 12 USD

7. Tour the historic Swiss Cottage, Cahir

The Swiss Cottage in Cahir Co. Tipperary, a gentle 2 Km walk from the Cottage will take you to Cahir Castle.

Posted by Willowbrook Bed and Breakfast, Nenagh, Tipperary, Ireland. on Thursday, 30 June 2016

Swiss Cottage is a beautiful cabin surrounded by sweet-smelling flowers – including roses, lavender, and honeysuckle. Built in 1810, this building is the perfect place to see what living in luxury was like in the past. The interior of the home features exquisite furnishings and stylishly decorated rooms. This cottage belonged to Richard Butler, the 12th Baron of Cahir, and his wife. It was designed by London architect – John Nash, who was also the creator Royal Pavilion at Brighton. There are educative guided tours in and around the house.

Swiss cottage, Cahir

Address: Grange More, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Swiss cottage, Cahir

Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)

Price: 6 USD

8. Delve into the impressive Mitchelstown Cave

Mitchelstown Cave (geograph 6008645)
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This fantastic cave was stumbled upon by a farmer in 1833. Michael Condon was working on his farm, breaking stones to be used on his house, when he lost his crowbar in a crack. He went looking for his tool and found the pothole in its remarkable natural state, waiting to be discovered. Although this site has been visited more and more since its discovery, it is still one of the best places to see the pure creation of nature. It is regarded as one of the most spectacular caves in the country.

Mitchelstown Cave

Address: Killavenoge, Co. Tipperary, E21 H920, Ireland

Website: Mitchelstown Cave

Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 10am - 4:45pm; Mon - Fri: 10am - 4pm

Price: 5 - 10 USD

9. Celebrate native Irish culture at Brú Ború Heritage Centre

Rowan Gillespie's Cashel Dancers, Bru Boru Heritage Centre, Cashel, County Tipperary

Posted by David Victor on Saturday, 8 January 2011

Brú Ború Heritage Center is a wonderful cultural center found at the foot of the iconic Rock of Cashel. This place is uniquely designed as a home to learn more and celebrate native Irish culture – including local music, dance, and drama. This heritage hub also has a craft shop, a restaurant, a café, and the South Tipperary Genealogy Suite. One thing this center is famous for is its unique “Sounds of History” show. Watch the story of Ireland from the medieval times till now. To add to the excitement, the site sits 7 meters (22.9 feet) underground.

Brú Ború Heritage Centre

Address: Moor, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Brú Ború Heritage Centre

Price: 17 USD

10. Explore the ancient Cahir Castle

Posted by Damien O' Donnell Photography on Saturday, 2 February 2019

The old Cahir Castle stands majestically on a rock which it appears to grow out of. The castle is massive and boasts of features like towers, keep, mullioned windows, massive walls, authentic fireplaces, and a dungeon. This castle was built in 1142, making it one of the oldest and largest in the country. Take a tour of the grounds in this large monument, see its rooms, original structures, climb the keep and see the massive set of antlers hanging in its banquet hall.

Cahir Castle

Address: Castle St, Townparks, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Cahir Castle

Opening hours: 9:30am - 4:30pm (daily)

Price: 1 - 4 USD

11. Admire the stunning Ormond Castle

Built during the mid-15th century by Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond, Ormond Castle, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary...

Posted by Knocktopher Abbey on Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Ormond Castle can be best described as an Elizabethan manor house. This charming location was built in the 1560s by the then ruler of Ormond. The home is beautiful and features two 15th-century towers to explore. The state’s room of the building contains some of the most amazing decorative plasterwork in the entire country. Admire the plasterwork portraits in the places, and have a good time at the country’s only major unfortified dwelling from its hard times.

Ormond Castle

Address: 6 Castle St, Carrickbeg, Carrick-On-Suir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Ormond Castle

Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)

Price: 6 USD

12. Visit the condemned cells at Nenagh Heritage Centre


Home to Tipperary’s former county gaol/prison and once a Governor’s House, The Nenagh Heritage Centre is a unique place to explore. This location was initially built around 1840 to 1842 and was home to several thousands of prisoners until it was closed in 1887. From 1842 to 1858, 17 men were executed in this prison. See what it was like to be a prisoner in those days by exploring the condemned cells, check out the texts, graphics, and biographical notes of the people that faced the ultimate punishment.

Nenagh Heritage Centre

Address: Nenagh North, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Nenagh Heritage Centre

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10am - 4pm (closed from Sat - Mon)

13. Admire the beautiful pottery at Farney Castle

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Posted by Audrey Forde on Monday, 16 August 2010

Take an informative tour of the Historic Farney Castle during your visit to Tipperary. This remarkable place is a fantastic castle in the country. Built in 1495, the property is now the home and studio of porcelain designer and Irish international knitwear – Cyril Cullen. It is the only round tower occupied by a family, and its courtyard was converted into a pottery site. You can take a tour of this place, see the porcelain creations in the pottery and buy a souvenir at the shop on-site.

Farney Castle

Address: Lisnasella, Holycross, Co. Tipperary, E41 NY04, Ireland

Website: Farney Castle

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 6pm (closed on Sun)

14. Hike in Slieve Felim Way

Slieve Felim Way,Silvermine Mountains,Co.Tipperary.

Posted by Exploration Ireland on Thursday, 27 June 2019

The Slieve Felim Way offers you a chance to see some of Ireland’s most impressive waterways, numerous exciting forest trails, and plenty of unspoiled hilly and mountain routes. This area creates a perfect opportunity for an avid adventurer. The entire walkway stretches over three regions, from County Limerick to Murroe and finally County Tipperary – a total distance of 23 miles (36 kilometers). Enjoy the beautiful country’s landscape – including green hills, paved walkways, and a view of the highest mountain in the region.

Slieve Felim Way

Address: Liscreagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Slieve Felim Way

15. Take a tour of Roscrea Castle and Damer House

Roscrea Castle and Damer House

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Roscrea Heritage is a place that offers an original stone castle as well as an 18th-century cozy house to be discovered. The site is a substantial stone castle complete with all the makings of an actual palace. The place was constructed in the late 12th century and features a gate tower, two other corner towers and curtain walls. You can explore this property and be awe-inspired by its amazing carved stone sculptures, pillars, and impressive central staircase. The Damer house is also a great place to see. It was completed in the 18th century and allows you to appreciate the pre-Palladian architecture.

Roscrea Heritage - Roscrea Castle and Damer House

Address: Castle St, Townparks, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Roscrea Heritage Centre

Opening hours: 9:45am - 6pm (daily)

16. Interact with the horses at Fethard Horse Country Experience (FHC)


Yet another spot for a unique experience in the town, Fethard Horse Country Experience, is somewhere you can’t ignore. Horse County is located in the middle of Golden Vale, and it is easy to find. You will be treated to an exclusive experience of the rich heritage, culture, and history of County Tipperary. The FHC is an interactive place for everyone, even the children. See the beautiful horse collection and learn more about their lifestyle. Your kids will love this spot too!

Fethard Horse Country Experience

Address: The Tholsel, Main Street, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, E91 R652, Ireland

Website: Fethard Horse Country Experience

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 11am - 4pm (closed from Sat - Mon)

Price: 6 USD

17. Enjoy a tasty meal at O'Neills Bistro


Enough about the adventurous tours, let us show you our top-picked restaurant in the city. O’Neills Bistro is the locals’ and visitors’ delight. It is small yet very welcoming, with a friendly ambiance. The eatery has 40 seats and a well-decorated interior for your curb appeal. Pick a seat, and order one of the delicious meals from their menu. Don’t miss the taste of their Seafood Risotto, Ardsallagh Goat Cheese Bon Bons, and their mouthwatering Soup of the Day. Its location offers majestic views of the countryside. Also, all their ingredients are sourced fresh and locally.

O'Neills Bistro

Address: Ardobireen, Thomastown, Co. Tipperary, E25 TN66, Ireland

Website: O'Neills Bistro

Opening hours:Wed - Sat: 5pm - 9:30pm; Sun: 12pm - 7pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

18. Explore the historic Holy Cross Abbey

15th century guest house, Holy Cross Abbey, County Tipperary

Posted by Visions of Ireland & Scotland on Thursday, 25 June 2015

An iconic monument, Holy Cross Abbey is a great place to see. With its Christian origins, this monastery is said to have gotten its name from a portion of a cross, believed to have been presented by the people to the grandson of Brian Boru, in 1110. It is situated in the middle of a green landscape right on the banks of River Suir. Also, found not very far from the Rock of Cashel, this place should be at the top of your bucket list.

Holy Cross Abbey

Address: R660 Co. North Tipperary, Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Holy Cross Abbey

19. View historical artifacts at Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre

Posted by Thomas MacDonagh Museum on Thursday, 1 August 2019

One of the less popular attractions in the city, Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Center offers you somewhere fabulous to visit and browse through some rare items. This spot gives you all the details of Tipperaray’s history but in a friendly, interactive way. Go on a guided tour of the museum and view the several exciting exhibitions on display, with items from the region’s past. You can also enjoy the two short shows on the screen, for a more detailed tour.

Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre

Address: Lower Main Street, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 12pm - 4pm (closed on Mon)

20. Learn more about the city at Tipperary County Museum

Posted by Tipperary Museum on Saturday, 30 March 2019

If you want to find out about the mysterious past of this town, then Tipperary County Museum, located in Clonmel’s civic center, is the place to visit. You are bound to have a swell time at this site if you love history. The institution features artifacts, items, and collections that tell the rich history of Tipperary uniquely. A popular spot among locals and tourists, this place was a prison before it was transformed into a museum in 1940. Gain knowledge about everything concerning Tipperary – including its geological, religious, social, archeological, and sports history.

Tipperary County Museum

Address: Mick Delahunty Square, Burgagery-Lands East, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Tipperary County Museum

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 4:45pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

21. Check out the mysterious Baurnadomeeny, Wedge Tomb

An Early Bronze Age wedge tomb at Baurnadomeeny, Rear Cross, County Tipperary. Photo thanks to Wendy Fox Dial

Posted by irisharchaeology.ie on Tuesday, 10 December 2013

This well-preserved tomb is an out-of-the-ordinary place to visit in the region. Strategically perched at the top of a small hill, on a level platform, this site is a top attraction among tourists. Check out the intricate designs of the monuments with verdant flat plains all around them. The area is tranquil and ideal for meditation or quiet relaxation moments among its awe-inspiring scenery. But if you are one for the mysterious, you can take a walk through the museum.

Baurnadomeeny, Wedge Tomb

Address: Reardnogy More, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Baurnadomeeny, Wedge Tomb

22. Pet the animals at Fethard Folk Farm and Museum

Posted by Ed Fick on Saturday, 6 October 2018

Fethard Folk Farm and Transport Museum is located in Fethard County Tipperary and it is dedicated to farming life and transport. Built in 1879, the institution is home to over 1000 different exhibitions, displaying transport items and farm tools. A staged single-story shed houses this museum, and its extension at the back of the building is filled with horse-drawn carriages and hearses to admire. The spot also has an equipped playground, a cafe, toilets, and picnic facilities, provision for the disabled, as well as free parking.

Fethard Folk Farm and Museum

Address: R692, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Fethard Folk Farm and Museum

23. Take a walk in Glen of Aherlow Nature Park

Glen of Aherlow Nature Park, Tipperary 5

Posted by Ireland and Peg's Cottage on Saturday, 7 April 2012

If you love strolling among the green, then Glen of Aherlow is perfect for you. This place has everything you need for an enjoyable scenic walk. Luxurious forests, high mountains, lush valleys, beautiful rivers, lakes, and so much more are what awaits you. It is one of Ireland’s top-rated destinations for tourists. Go on hiking trails, walking paths, fishing, and picnicking. The views from lofty lookouts are fantastic; there are so many activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Glen of Aherlow

Address: Gortnafurra, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Glen of Aherlow

24. Admire the different plant species at Celtic Plantarum

THE CELTIC PLANTARUM ... Dundrum, County Tipperary. The Celtic Plantarum is a magical combination of beautiful...

Posted by Ireland and Peg's Cottage on Wednesday, 4 September 2013

This place is a haven for lovers of nature. Celtic Plantarum is located in Dundrum and it is spread over 3.2 hectares (8 acres) of pure nature. Aside from over 60,000 plants and more than 2,000 varieties in its confines, this place also boasts some fantastic water features like waterfalls and lakes. Get in touch with nature, with the numerous trees, shrubs, and rare plant species at this venue. Also, walk along its meandering pathways and catch glimpses of the wildlife.

Celtic Plantarum

Address: Ward Park, Dundrum, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

25. Experience the beautiful Knockmealdown Mountains

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Posted by Hiking Ireland on Sunday, 12 March 2017

Standing high and tall with its highest point at 794 meters (over 2600 feet), Knockmealdown Mountain is a beautiful spot to experience. Climbing up the mountain, you get to enjoy stunning views of the scenery with incredibly green plants and trees all around you. You may even run into one or two exotic animals on your way up. It is a relatively easy walk up this mountain, with no treacherous terrain to overcome. One thing that makes the trip worth it is the view of the surroundings from the top of the hill.

Knockmealdown Mountains

Address: Clogheen, County Tipperary, Ireland

26. Check out the ruins of Loughmoe Castle

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Posted by Ireland From My Lens Photography By Liam Mcnamara on Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Initially built in the 15th century, Loughmoe Castle now lies in ruins in the heart of Tipperary. It stands in the middle of lush greenery, not refurbished over the years, just pure majestic ruins. It is a perfect place for tourists looking for something to experience outside the normal, within the city. It is enormous and so lovely that you’d wonder why nothing has been done to restore it. You can take a full stroll through it and enjoy gazing at its impressive ruins.

Loughmoe Castle

Address: Graiguefrahane, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

27. Explore the Galtee Mountains


Galtee Mountains is a remarkable edifice that stretches across the Golden Vale and stands at over 3,000 feet (900 meters). Exploring the areas around these mountains allows you to see beautiful lakes like Musky, Curra, and Bohreen, valleys, and other great sites. The hills are located in a particular region, which also houses the beautiful Glen of Aherlow. Saint Pecaun’s Holy Well and Saint Sedna’s Well in Clonbeg Churchyard are some of the holy wells in this area that you can explore.

Galtee Mountains

Address:Glencoshabinnia, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

28. Walk the path of St. Declan's Way

things to do in tipperary ireland | walk the path of st. declan's way
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St. Declan’s Way is a long walking route that links County Tipperary with County Waterford in Ireland. This path is about 56 miles (96 kilometers) long and passes through several fascinating sights. The route was an ancient pilgrim path and passed through places like the stunning Knockmealdown Mountains and the scenic flat plains farmlands at South Tipperary and West Waterford. It’s one of the several walking trails in the town that is regularly visited.

St. Declan's Way

Address: Dún Mhuire, Upper Green, Waller’s-Lot, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: St. Declan’s Way

29. Hike the trails of Glengarra Woods


Glengarra Woods is a fantastic hiking area in the middle of the city. The location is excellent for people who want to enjoy the beautiful landscape and still be within the town. This place offers its visitors two different looped walks to try out – the Red Loop and the Millenium (Green) Trail. Both trails provide you several places to enjoy a picnic, relaxing under the shades of massive green trees and several spots to watch birds and exotic animals native to the region.

Glengarra Woods

Address: Raheenroe, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Website: Glengarra Woods

30. Go shopping in Showgrounds Shopping Centre


Do you plan to go shopping the Irish way? The Showgrounds Shopping Center is the answer to those needs. Explore the unique mix of over 20 retail shops, stores, and quality dining outlets spread across the market, to feed all your dining, shopping, and exploration desires. With entirely home-based business owners, a visit to this market also gives you the chance to interact with the locals and experience their way of life.

Showgrounds Shopping Centre

Address: Davis Rd, Raheen, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, E91 C8W9, Ireland

Website: Showgrounds Shopping Centre

Opening hours: Sun: 11am - 6pm; Tue - Sat: 9am - 8pm

Explore the green outdoors

County Tipperary is not left out of Ireland’s green and beautiful landscape, majestic ancient castles, nature trails, and picturesque lakes and waterfalls. These attributes make it an excellent spot for romantic, solo, family or group vacations. There are so many things to do in County Tipperary, Ireland, that you will be fully occupied and entertained during your visit.

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