Local Attractions

Explore the 'Golden Vale' and let the natural beauty and old-world charm of Tipperary and the Abbey Court capitvate you. 

The Abbey Court is uniquely located in the heart of the Midlands in Nenagh,

County Tipperary where so many places are easily accessible.

See below for some of the most popular attractions and hidden gems around Nenagh as well as its neighbouring areas.


Nenagh Castle

The 13th century Nenagh Castle is one of the oldest medieval buildings in the town, located on O’Rahilly Street, just 5 minutes’ walk from the Abbey Court.

Explore the finest cylindrical keep in Ireland. Nenagh Castle is a must see for all families, couples and individuals. 

You will need to walk 101 steps in total to the very top of the castle and see some stunning views from above.

Opening Times

April to October: Tuesdays – Saturdays 10:00am to 1:00pm, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Things To Note Before Arrival

Free admission and guided tours (Available upon request)

Groups of 15 or more must pre-book.

Please note that the stairs in the castle are very steep and narrow.

No wheelchair access. 

Address: O’Rahilly Street, Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland. 

Phone: +353 (0)67 33850 

E-mail: castlenenagh@gmail.com 


Nenagh Heritage Museum

Built in the 1840-1842, the Nenagh Heritage Museum is a quaint, former County Gaol Governor's House for North Tipperary, located on Kickham Street, just 5 minutes’ walk from the Abbey Court. 

The heritage centre offers a lot of history and is suitable for all families, kids, groups, school tours and individuals.

The gaol experience is eerie, giving visitors a close encounter with the reality and horrors of capital punishment as well as the 19th century injustices committed by local establishment.

There’s a resident genealogist for doing detective work on family history from the area. The heritage centre gallery houses rotating art, craft, photography and information exhibitions from the Tipperary area.

Opening Times

Closed on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays

Tuesdays to Fridays: 10:00am – 4:00pm daily

Things To Note Before Arrival

Free admission

Free guided tours each day. Group bookings call +353 (0)67 33850.

Adjacent car/coach parking (pay and display) available

Address: Nenagh Heritage Centre, The Governor's House, Kickham Street, Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland.

Phone: +353 (0)67 33850

E-mail: nenaghheritage@eircom.net 


Rock Of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel site consists of some spectacular medieval buildings including the 12th century round tower, High Cross,

Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral. 

All of these are beautifully located at Saint Patrick's Rock of Cashel, in Cashel, County Tipperary,

just 50 minutes from the Abbey Court.

Discover the fascinating history from medieval times to recent visit by Queen Elizabeth II.

The Rock of Cashel is an amazing place to visit with your family, friends, groups and individuals. Group tours are available and must be pre-booked.

Opening Times (All year)

Mid-September to mid-October: Daily 9:00am – 5:30pm, last admission at 4.45pm

Mid-October to mid-March: Daily 9:00am – 4:30pm, last admission at 3:45pm

Mid-March to early June: Daily 9:00am – 5:30pm, last admission at 4.45pm

Early June to mid-September: Daily 9:00am – 7:00pm, last admission at 6:15pm

Closed 24th to 26th December inclusive. 

Admission Fees

Adult: €7.00

Group/Senior: €5.00

Child/Student: €3.00 (Student I.D. required)

Family: €17.00

Address: Saint Patrick's Rock of Cashel, Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland.

E-mail: rockofcashel@opw.ie 

Phone: +353 (0)62 61437

Website: www.cashel.ie/rock-of-cashel


Discover Killaloe & Ballina

While Staying at the GN Abbey Court Hotel

While staying at the Abbey Court, be sure to visit the beautiful area of Killaloe and Ballina set on the splendid Lough Derg. 

Boat Trips - Scenic tours along the River Shannon Ireland’s finest waterway, with its breath-taking views of Counties Clare and Tipperary.

Killaloe River Cruises

Water sports - Lough Derg is renowned for being "Ireland’s Pleasure Lake" and boasts the ideal conditions for a wide range of water sports.

From kayaking, cruising, water skiing, jet skiing to power boat racing and many more. 

Swimming - There is a public outdoor swimming facility at Riverside Park in Ballina during the summer months for children of all ages which is open from May to September.

Boating - There is a large marina, along with facilities for sailing and water sports .  Killaloe is also a base for several cruise-hire companies. Public Access is available for introducing your own boat or craft to the exciting waters of Lough Derg.

St. Flannans Cathedral 

Farmers Market - The Killaloe Farmers Market is one of County Clare’s finest and most vibrant Farmers Markets.

Fishing for Kids - www.fishingforkids.ie

Scenic Drives - There are many scenic drives in the area however by far the most splendid is the Ring of Lough Derg Scenic Drive which allows you see and experience the picturesque villages through three different counties.

Walking - The Lough Derg Way is a 64km walking route that starts at the Tourist Office behind the Hunt Museum in Limerick City and follows the River Shannon.

Cycling - The Lough Derg Cycleway is a 132km signposted cycle route which allows you witness excellent scenery and lake views.

Brian Boru Heritage Centre - get an insight into the Celtic and nautical significance of Lough Derg and the River Shannon.

For more information on Killaloe/Ballina Visit www.discoverkillaloe.com

The Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh is perfectly located to explore the wonders of Killaloe & Ballina


Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

The Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre is one of Ireland’s award-winning attractions to visit in Birr, County Offaly, just 35 minutes from the Abbey Court.

There’s so much to do and to see at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre. It’s a beautiful place to visit with your family, children, friends, group or as an individual. Walk around one of the most stunning and tranquil gardens in Ireland. The 50 hectares’ garden is filled with great abundance of spectacular features for you to explore including:

Over 40 champion trees and more than 2,000 species of plants

Amazing wildlife

World’s tallest box hedges

Romantic hornbeam cloister walk

Enchanting waterfalls, rivers and lakes

1820 suspension bridge

Ireland’s largest adventure treehouse (Bouncy pillow, sand pits, climbing frames, slides)

Ancient well of Saint Brendan

Science Centre (Photography, engineering, astronomy and the world’s famous Great Telescope) plus much more

Guided, audio and tailored tours are available upon requests.


King John's Castle

Have fun exploring over 800 years of medieval history and sightseeing around the 13th century King John’s Castle.

Overlooking the River Shannon on the magnificent King’s Island in Limerick City, just 40 minutes from the Abbey Court. 

Discover the brand new visitor centre with state-of-the-art multimedia interactive activities and exhibitions.

Relax and unwind inside the castle’s café while enjoying lots of stunning views onto the castle courtyard and the River Shannon.

The castle is a must visit for everyone of all ages including families, children, couples, groups as well as individuals.

King John’s Castle caters for birthday parties and other special occasions according to your requirements.


The Lough Derg Way

The Lough Derg Way is a 64km walking route that starts at the Tourist Office behind the Hunt Museum in Limerick City in the west of Ireland and follows the River Shannon and its associated canals north-westwards to the lake port of Dromineer on Lough Derg. Discover breath-taking views and picturesque villages along this stunning route.

Discover Irish heritage, historic landmarks, cultural kicks, and sensational mouth-watering cuisine along the route. Explore the hamlet of Clonlara, the village of O’Briensbridge and the ancient heritage town of Killaloe, which was once home of the famous 11th century High King of Ireland, Brian Boru.

The terrain along this route consists mainly of canal and riverside paths at the southern end, and mainly country roads at the northern end, some sections of which can be hazardous with fast-moving traffic. Other than at the start in Limerick, there are very limited options for public transport connections along the route.


Lough Derg

Discover the Lakelands Lough Derg, a majestic lake located between the counties of Clare, Tipperary, and Galway. Discover heritage, culture and plenty of activities to keep you entertained. From water activities to some of the best walking routes in Ireland you can enjoy magnificent scenery while keeping active and sample some delicious local food en route. Lough Derg guarantees not to disappoint. 

Water Activities

Lough Derg is renowned for being "Ireland’s Pleasure Lake" and boasts the ideal conditions for a wide range of water sports. From stand-up paddling and kayaking to fishing and sailboat tours discover 50km of Lough Derg shoreline.


Plan your own itinerary to go exploring the scenery in the region by cycling around the Lakelands Lough Derg. Experience up hills and down valleys, busy towns and villages and tranquil locations close to the lakeshore. 


Experience some of the best fairways around the Lakelands Lough Derg region. Golfers can test their game on quality parkland courses, challenge the water-traps and other hazards on the tree-lined fairways of Clonlara Golf and Leisure Club, East Clare Golf Club, Nenagh Golf Club, Portumna Golf Club and Oldthort Golf Club.

Horse riding

Experience a mix of cross-country trekking, trail rides through woodlands and close to the lakeshore or improve your skills with some lessons while exploring all the stunning Lough Derg Region.

 Walking & Hiking

Walking is one of the best ways to fully appreciate the beauty of the Lakelands Lough Derg. There are a number of different types of walks including The Lough Derg Way, Waymarked Ways, loop walks, linear walks and scenic and historical walks with hundreds of kilometres of marked walks to bring you to scenic and remote countryside. The Millennium Cross, Ballycuggeran Woods & Tountinna on the Lough Derg Way offers the best viewing points to see panoramic vistas of Lough Derg while enjoying a picnic. 


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