Tipperary Travel Guide
Tipperary Travel Guide Ireland
Tipperary town is located only a few miles from the stunning Glen of Aherlow, between the Slievenamuck Hills and the imposing Galtee Mountains. It is as vibrant a town as any in Ireland! The birthplace of Ireland’s trendy Gaelic Athletic Association games of hurling and football, Tipperary is crammed with castles, abbeys, caves, mountains, public gardens and glens. It has a deserved reputation for breeding some of the best horses in the country. For the genealogy buffs, Ballyporeen in County Tipperary is the ancestral home of US president Ronald Regan!
The nearest airports to Tipperary are Shannon Airport (68 kilometres), Waterford Airport (97 kilometres) and Cork Airport (105 kilometres). See these airports details under the relevant city guide pages.
Some of our favourite hotels in Tipperary include Ballyglass Country House, Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort and Dumdrum House Hotel, see below for details.
Ballyglass Country House
This 19th-century family-run hotel is situated in the Glen of Aherlow within its lush gardens. The Glen of Aherlow is extremely popular among walkers, cyclists, golfers and horse riders. Facilities in the hotel include a complimentary breakfast, free parking, restaurant, The Forge Bar and pets are allowed.
Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort
Located next to the Galtee Mountains, beside Tipperary Racecourse, this four-star hotel has an 18 hole championship golf course and was voted one of the top hotels in Ireland for family breaks. Facilities include a swimming pool, fitness centre, business centre, Wi-Fi access, children’s activities, restaurant, bar/lounge and pets are allowed.
Dundrum House Hotel
Built in the 18th century, this Georgian manor house hotel is located 8 kilometres from The Rock of Cashel, within its own 200-acre countryside retreat. Onsite facilities include an 18 hole golf course designed by Ryder Cup hero Philip Walton, a swimming pool, fitness centre, children’s activities, Wi-Fi, restaurant, bar and shuttle bus service.
Tipperary Car Hire
Dan Dooley Car Rentals operate an office on Limerick Road, Tipperary Town. Other car hire companies servicing Tipperary are Argus Car Hire, Go Car, Malone Car Rental, Enterprise, and more. See Compare Ireland Travel Insurance website for best offers.
Tipperary Visitor Attractions
Rock of Cashel
This spectacular collection of medieval buildings is located 500 metres from Cashel Town. Guided tours of approx 45 minutes will show visitors around the Gothic Cathedral, Round Tower, Romanesque Chapel, High Cross and Hall of The Vicars Choral. Make sure to bring your camera and charge the batteries!
Mitchelstown Caves are located 16 kilometres from Cahir, next to the Galtee Mountains, and contain nearly 3 kilometres of underground passages! Guided tours will take the visitor into three huge caverns, where rock formations, including the impressive column, The Tower of Bable, can be seen.
One of the best-preserved Castles in Ireland, Cahir Castle is located on an island on the River Suir. You will be amazed at the Castle’s features, including the vast walls, moat, towers, turrets and dungeons! An impressive audiovisual presentation will give the visitor details of the Castle’s history, including the fact that it was surrendered to Cromwell in 1960.
Other popular tourist attractions in Tipperary include the South Tipperary County Museum, Franciscan Friary, Hore Abbey, Cashel Heritage Centre and Folk Village, The Glen of Aherlow, Swiss Cottage, Holycross Abbey and Lough Derg.