Welcome to Tipperary, a charming county in the heart of Ireland that is bursting with natural beauty, fascinating history, and warm hospitality. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures in the stunning countryside, exploring ancient castles and ruins, or simply enjoying a pint of Guinness in a cosy pub, Tipperary has something for everyone. From the iconic Rock of Cashel to the picturesque Glen of Aherlow, this article will guide you through the top things to do in Tipperary for an unforgettable experience in this enchanting corner of Ireland.

Known as the “Golden Vale,” Tipperary boasts lush green landscapes, rolling hills, and picturesque valleys, making it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. At its core lies the bustling town of Tipperary, which serves as a gateway to the region’s many treasures. Here, you can explore historic landmarks such as the iconic Rock of Cashel, a medieval fortress perched atop a limestone hill, and Cahir Castle, one of Ireland’s best-preserved castles. The county also offers many outdoor activities, including hiking in the scenic Glen of Aherlow, fishing along the River Suir, and golfing on championship courses. If you are looking for cultural experiences, Tipperary is home to many charming villages, lively pubs, and traditional music sessions where you can enjoy the warmth and hospitality of Irish culture.

Where is Tipperary?

Historically, County Tipperary was a part of the province of Munster and is located in Ireland’s Shannon Region, or Mid-West. It is low-lying, fertile, and vast. To paraphrase a line from a well-known song, “it’s a long way from one end of Tipperary to the other.” As a result, it was split into two Ridings, the north of which was ruled from Nenagh and the south from Clonmel. The Ridings were eliminated in 2014, and the two towns continued to share the county role, becoming a single county. The county seat has never been Tipperary Town.

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Top things to do in Tipperary

Tipperary isn’t your typical tourist destination, but that is what makes it so special. It’s a place where history whispers secrets in your ear, castles loom like brooding giants, and nature invites you to explore. And we are here to inject your Tipperary short break with a shot of adrenaline (the good kind, with maybe a splash of Guinness) and a hefty dose of quirky charm. We are about to show you Tipperary the way it’s meant to be experienced. Let’s dive headfirst into Tipperary’s magic and whip up a weekend itinerary that’ll have you raving to your mates about hidden waterfalls, secret caves, and enough history to make your head spin (in the best way possible).

Sightseeing Attractions in Tipperary

Tipperary is a place where the past comes alive and the present pulsates with vibrant energy. Some of Ireland’s most iconic sightseeing attractions can be found here and there are so many great things to do in Tipperary. From castles and caves to ancient wells and forest walks (and food and drink, of course!), this vibrant county boasts the kind of magic that keeps visitors coming back for more time and time again.

The Rock of Cashel

Thousands of tourists flock every year to see one of Ireland’s most iconic landmarks, and it is obvious why they do. Perched on top of a hill, overlooking the picturesque town of Cashel, it looks like something plucked straight from a Disney movie. The fairytale-like Rock of Cashel dates back to the 5th century and the inauguration of Aenghus, King of Munster, by St. Patrick himself!

Originally the seat of the kings of Munster, according to legend, St. Patrick himself came here to convert King Aenghus to Christianity. Brian Boru was crowned High King at Cashel in 978 and made it his capital. In 1101, the site was granted to the church, and Cashel swiftly rose to prominence as one of the most significant centres of ecclesiastical power in the country.

Set on a dramatic outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale, The Rock of Cashel, possesses the most impressive cluster of medieval buildings in Ireland. Among the monuments to be found are a round tower, a high cross, a Romanesque chapel, a Gothic cathedral, an abbey, the Hall of the Vicars Choral and a fifteenth-century Tower House.

Cahir Castle

Forget Disney castles; Cahir Castle is the real deal – a medieval fortress so tough it is impenetrable. Imagine yourself as a fearless warrior, crossing the moat and entering this defensive powerhouse of the thirteenth century. Climb the winding staircases, feeling the weight of history beneath you, and peek through arrow slits – you might even spot a sheep or two grazing in the distance (because, well, Ireland!). The guides here are storytellers who will bring the castle’s past to life with tales of sieges, sword fights, and maybe even a hidden treasure or two (we won’t spoil the surprise!).

At the time of building, Cahir Castle was at the cutting edge of defensive castle design and much of the original structure remains. Visitors also flock to the castle because of its role as a film and TV location – it has featured in productions like Excalibur and The Tudors.

The Swiss Cottage

We are beginning to sense a Disney theme here, but if you are looking for fairytale locations in Ireland, then you need to visit the most charming cottage in Cahir, Co. Tipperary, only a short walk from Cahir Castle. The Swiss Cottage looks like it belongs in the pages of a fairytale. Knock on the door and don’t be surprised if Snow White and all seven of the dwarves happily answer it.

Woman in a short dress holding a pink hat walking at the garden of Swiss Cottage Cahir

The Swiss Cottage is a delightful ornamental cottage, and it was built in the early 1800s by Richard Butler, first Earl of Glengall. It is regarded as one of the finest examples of “cottage-orné” in Europe. It remains an enduring local attraction in South Tipperary and an iconic image of Ireland’s bygone days. Situated between The Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle, it is an important tourist attraction in Ireland. The Swiss Cottage is an exquisite Tipperary landmark, located south of the heritage town of Cahir, close to the River Suir. You will get a true sense of the Irish spirit by visiting this magical place.


Ormond Castle

Ormond Castle is a real Tudor gem in Tipperary. Joined on to an earlier medieval riverside castle, Ormond Castle, in Carrick-on-Suir, is the finest example of an Elizabethan manor house in Ireland. Thomas, 10th Earl of Ormond, built it in 1565 in honour of his distant cousin Queen Elizabeth.

The magnificent great hall, which stretches almost the whole length of the building, is decorated with some of the finest stucco plasterwork in the country. The plasterwork features portraits of Queen Elizabeth and her brother Edward VI, and many motifs and emblems associated with the Tudor monarchy.

While only the ruins of the original castle remain, the castle origins can be traced back to Viking times, and this site marks the medieval core of Arklow town. What remains of the castle, on the edge of a steep rocky outcrop in an area known as ‘The Alps’, can be best viewed up close, adjacent Courthouse on Main Street Arklow, directly across from St Mary & Peters Church. To get an idea of the scale of the building, it is possible to view its elevated position from the banks of the River Avoca along the riverwalk and by walking along Coomie Lane.

Adventure Attractions in Tipperary

Tipperary isn’t for the faint of heart; it is for the thrill-seekers, the nature enthusiasts, and the folks who crave the fresh air whipping through their hair and mud between their toes (in the best way possible, of course). Tipperary’s adventure playgrounds are the real deal!

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We are talking heart-pounding hikes through mystical valleys, kayaking adventures where you might just spot an otter peeking out, and bike trails that wind through charming villages and past ancient ruins. Get ready to experience Tipperary’s wild side – an adventure that will leave you exhilarated, rejuvenated, and with stories to tell that will make your friends green with envy.

Hike through the scenic Glen of Aherlow for breathtaking views

Forget the crowded tourist traps – the Glen of Aherlow is your own private wonderland, a place to reconnect with nature and capture memories that will stay with you forever. The Glen of Aherlow is a lush valley where the River Aherlow runs between the Galtee Mountains and the wooded ridge of Slievenamuck. Bounded by the rural villages of Bansha and Galbally, the Glen was historically an important pass between Limerick and Tipperary.

The Christ the King Statue is the main attraction within the Glen. Christ the King, erected in 1950, is a popular tourist destination. He is seen overlooking the valley at its most picturesque viewpoint, his hand lifted in the gesture of “blessing the Glen and all who pass by.” The entrance to the Glen of Aherlow Nature Park is adjacent to the statue. The Nature Park is a series of loop walking trails suitable for families, with information panels on the flora and fauna of the area and picnic tables to enjoy lunch al fresco. So take a ramble in a natural woodland at your leisure. A visit to St Pecaun’s Holy Well, St Berrihert’s Well & Kyle and St Sedna’s Well in Clonbeg Churchyard is a must to enjoy the peace and serenity of these early Christian sites.

Go fishing on Lough Derg, Ireland’s third-largest lake

Lough Derg isn’t your average pond – it’s a freshwater giant, vast and shimmering, waiting to be explored by anglers with a thirst for adventure. Imagine casting your line amidst breathtaking scenery; the gentle lapping of water against your boat is a soothing melody. Here, you can fish for pike, perch, and brown trout. But be warned! The wild Irish pike are well known for their fighting spirit. They fight really hard, make lots of runs, jump clear in the air and never seem to give up. This means the fishing is spectacular!

Cycle along the Suir Blueway for a leisurely adventure

The Suir Blueway runs for 53km in an east-west direction from Carrick-on-Suir to Cahir via Clonmel. The route is made up of a walking/ cycling trail for 21km which runs from Carrick-on-Suir to Clonmel and a further 32km of waterway along the River Suir, which can be canoed or kayaked. It is the river-based element of the route that makes it a Blueway rather than a Greenway! Running through the rich valley of the River Suir and the surrounding pasturelands of the Golden Vale, the trail provides wonderful views of some of Ireland’s most beautiful countryside.

The route is divided into four stages and is ideal for leisure cyclists of all abilities, with excellent picnicking spots along the way. Bring your own bike or hire one at Blueway Bike Hire. You can pick them up at either end of the trail – at Hotel Minella in Clonmel or at Treacys Fuel Centre in Carrick-on-Suir.

Visit Mitchelstown Cave, one of Europe’s Major Showcaves

Mitchelstown Caves were discovered in May 1833 by Michael Condon, who was quarrying limestone when he accidentally dropped his crowbar into a crevice. He stooped down to pull out a few boulders to retrieve the bar, and found himself looking down into a vast series of underground chambers, passages and caverns. After the discovery in 1833, news of the find quickly spread with large numbers of curious sightseers coming to visit the natural wonder. In order to preserve the caves natural state, guided tours were organised.

Mitchelstown Cave is one of the largest and most complex cave systems in Ireland. On the guided tour, you will follow ancient passageways and visit massive caverns in which you are surrounded by incredible dripstone formations, stalactites, stalagmites, huge calcite pillars, and one of Europe’s finest columns, the inspiring “Tower of Babel” which stands some 9 metres in height.

Find the hidden Clare Glens Waterfall

Located on the River Annagh, right on the border between County Tipperary and County Limerick, Clare Glens has beautiful waterfalls within a picturesque valley. You can do some wonderful hiking and hillwalking here, and there are a great number of small waterfalls, natural rock pools, and rapids to enjoy. This picturesque, quiet, forest park is situated either side of a red sandstone gorge, through which flows the Clare River. It is one of Ireland’s hidden gems.

The Clare Glens Loop walk is the best way to see the valley, as you’re taken along the river, passing sandstone rock formations and waterfalls along the way. The total walking distance is around four kilometres, making this a lovely, gentle hike.

Take a Satisfying Hill Walk on Devil’s Bit Mountain

Devil’s Bit Mountain is so named thanks to the legend that the devil took a bite out of the mountain, broke a tooth doing it, and that became the Rock of Cashel! This moderate 5-kilometre trail in County Tipperary showcases views of the Galtee Mountains and even more lush landscapes across counties Laois and Galway. The hike takes approximately an hour and a half from the trailhead at the Devil’s Bit car park in Templemore. The path is well-marked out and takes you on sandy laneways, forest tracks, and hillside paths. The hills felt steep but manageable for me (Nicola). Those of you who have been following my story will know that I am travelling with chronic illness, having contracted Lyme Disease in America 23 years ago.

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Take a Cruise on the River Shannon

Head to Killaloe/Ballina to enjoy a cruise on Lough Derg and the River Shannon with Killaloe Cruises. They offer daily one-hour tranquil boat tours of the River Shannon and Lough Derg. The tour cruises north along the River Shannon and Lough Derg, and you can take a seat on the open upper deck to soak up stunning views of the Slieve Bernagh and Arra Mountains or relax in the fully enclosed lower deck. Sit back and listen to the commentary provided, taking in the magnificent scenery, wildlife and heritage. Refreshments are also served onboard.

Where to stay in Tipperary

A Slice of Tipperary Bliss: An Honest Review of Meadow View Farmhouse

Let’s be honest, sometimes fancy hotels just don’t cut it. You crave an experience that dives deep into the local charm, a place that feels authentic. This isn’t your typical hotel review; forget about copy and paste hotel rooms and overpriced mini-bars. Meadow View Farmhouse is a haven for those seeking authenticity, a taste of Tipperary life, and maybe even a chat with a friendly cow or two.

Meadow View Farmhouse in Tipperary is about to become your new happy place.

First Impressions: Cosy Charm with a View

Pulling into the driveway of Meadow View Farmhouse, the first thing that hits you is the scenery. Nestled in the shadow of the famous Devil’s Bit mountain, it is perfectly placed for exploring the untamed beauty of the mid-west of Ireland. Rolling green hills unfurl as far as the eye can see, with Fresian cows grazing peacefully on the hills behind the farmhouse. The house itself is a picture of rustic charm that whispers tales of a bygone era. It is a traditional Irish farmhouse, on a working farm, dating back to the early 1800’s, before the great Irish famine. The farmhouse has only recently been renovated to an impeccable standard of luxury. As we stepped out of our car, the first thing that hit us was the fresh Tipperary air, guaranteed to chase away any city stress.

Your Home Away from Home: Unveiling the Farmhouse

The wonderful owner of Meadow View Farmhouse, Eamonn, greets you with an incredible welcome basket on arrival. The inside of the farmhouse is an explosion of cosy vibes. Think exposed beams, crackling fireplaces, and comfy armchairs that practically beg you to curl up with a good book (or maybe a glass of wine – we won’t judge). The décor is a delightful mix of old-world charm and modern comfort, with family photographs nestled beside plush couches. It’s like stepping into a warm hug, a feeling that only intensifies during your stay. The interior boasts an open-concept layout, creating a seamless flow between spaces and enhancing the sense of spaciousness.

Your Room: A Haven of Tranquility

The rooms at Meadow View Farmhouse are a delightful escape from the ordinary. Forget cookie-cutter hotel rooms; here, each space has its own unique personality. The décor is simple yet charming, with a focus on comfort and functionality. Meadow View Farmhouse is an absolute hidden gem of unparalleled, superior-quality accommodation. The three bedrooms sleep 6 and are an oasis of calm and tranquility with all the modern comforts of your home. The master bedroom boasts an en-suite bathroom and shower, offering a luxurious retreat. The other bedrooms share a well-appointed bathroom with an extra large walk-in shower.

Enjoy the Outdoors

With views as heavenly as they are at Meadow View Farmhouse, you will want to spend as much time as you can soaking them in. A number of patios decorate the farmhouse’s façade, enhancing its connection to the outside. Cast iron furniture and potted plants adorn a large front patio, welcoming guests and providing a cosy area to unwind and enjoy the picturesque vistas. This terrace is the ideal place to take in the morning sun and listen to the soft wind whisper through the surrounding trees while sipping coffee. Turning around and facing the farmhouse’s back, two more spacious private patios open out. The lower patio is perfect for outdoor dinners and parties because it extends from the kitchen and dining space. The hand-laid stone floor on the upper terrace gives the area character and texture, and also offers a wonderful ambiance for social gatherings in the evening as the sun sets.

The view from the back patios are breathtaking, overlooking the sprawling countryside with its emerald fields, meandering streams, and distant rolling hills. Beyond the immediate outdoor space, a landscaped garden brimming with colourful flowers further enhances the farmhouse’s connection to nature. The combination of the charming farmhouse and its inviting patios makes for an idyllic retreat where one can truly escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and embrace the beauty of the countryside.

Beyond the Farmhouse: Unveiling Tipperary’s Treasures

The beauty of Meadow View Farmhouse lies not just within its walls, but also in its location. You will find yourself nestled right in the heart of Tipperary, with a treasure trove of adventures waiting just outside your doorstep. The heritage town of Nenagh is just a short drive from Meadow View Farmhouse and it is a charming introduction to rural Ireland. Nenagh is a lively market town with excellent restaurants, cafés, bars, boutiques, independent shops, galleries, festivals, and as mentioned, it is also a heritage centre.

From there, you can head east, west, or southeast to explore Irelands hidden heartlands.

Nenagh, founded in the 12th century by the Butlers of Ormond, has been the main market town for North Tipperary for centuries. It is steeped in history and historical relics including the keep of Nenagh Castle which towers over the town. Guided tours of the town can be arranged to see the historical buildings and graveyards.

Meadow View Farmhouse is centrally located less than 1 hour 45 minutes from the major cities of Dublin, Cork and Galway and 50 minutes from Shannon Airport. Scenic drives take you within easy reach of popular tourist destinations such as The Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny Castle, The Rock of Cashel, The Wild Atlantic Way, Bunratty Castle & Blarney Castle, to name a few.

The owner of the cottage also provides a bespoke chauffeur and executive tour service to make it easy for you to see all of the main tourist attractions in Tipperary and beyond with the expertise of a local guide.

Evenings Under the Tipperary Sky: Making Memories that Last

Evenings at Meadow View Farmhouse are a chance to unwind and truly soak in the Tipperary atmosphere. Curl up by the fireplace with a good book, sip on a hot whiskey (or a steaming mug of hot chocolate if that’s more your style), and lose yourself in the crackling fire and the peacefulness of the countryside. Unwind in the hot tub or join the lovely owner for a chat and a chance to learn more about Tipperary’s rich history and local legends. On clear nights, step outside and marvel at the star-studded sky. Tipperary, with its minimal light pollution, offers a celestial display that’s hard to beat.

The Verdict: A Tipperary Gem for the Soul

Meadow View Farmhouse isn’t just a place to stay; it’s an experience. It’s a chance to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with yourself and nature. We absolutely loved our time here and we know that you will too. Places like this show you why traveling is good for your soul.

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**Disclaimer: This blog post was sponsored by Meadow View Farmhouse, but there was no obligation to do a positive post. We genuinely loved our stay there and highly recommend it. We only ever work with brands that we are 100% happy to recommend to you guys and would happily pay for ourselves. All opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you book through one of our links, we will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps us create the wonderful, free travel guides that we do.**

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