Tipperary: when to visit, what to see, and things to know

Famous for its beautiful lakes, rugged mountains, historical sites, friendly people, and incredible scenery, Tipperary is one of Ireland’s most overlooked regions. Here is everything you need to know about Tipperary.

Situated in the heart of Ireland, the county of Tipperary is a beautiful and expansive area home to countless gems. Tipperary is also known as the Premier County because of its nationalistic roots. 

Spanning an impressive 1662 mi2 (4305 km2), County Tipperary encompasses a wide variety of terrain, from mountains to valleys, quaint towns and pristine waterways. There are countless monuments full of fascinating, local history to discover. 

When to visit – perfect any time of the year

When to visit Tipperary.
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A visit to Tipperary is beautiful no matter the time of year.

However, as much of Tipperary’s beautiful and famous sights are outdoors, it is always nicer to have good weather on your side.

Some of Tipperary’s most popular attractions may have limited opening hours during the winter months.

What to see – beautiful sites

Rock of Cashel is one of the must-visit parts of Tipperary.
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No trip to Tipperary would be complete without a visit to the spectacular Rock of Cashel. This impressive cluster of medieval buildings is home to over 1,000 years of history.

Since it has been built, the Rock of Cashel has been the site of many inaugurations of Kings and great religious turmoil. 

Address: Moor, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Discover the world beneath your footsteps with a mesmerising tour of the Mitchelstown Caves.

As one of Ireland’s largest and most complex cave systems, you will be amazed at the countless stalactites, stalagmites, and calcite columns.

The guided tour will take you through ancient passageways and beautiful caverns.

Address: Killavenoge, Co. Tipperary, E21 H920

Nenagh Castle is well worth a visit.
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Rich in history and beauty, Nenagh Castle offers some of the most incredible views of the whole Tipperary countryside. Enjoy a guided tour of this cylindrical keep and learn about its powerful past.

Address: O’Rahilly, O’Rahilly St, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

Widely recognised from Instagram as the blue lagoon, Portroe Quarry is one of Tipperary’s hidden gems. This disused quarry is picturesque with its magical blue waters and mesmerising entry ramp.

Although mainly used as a dive site, this mysterious location is right out of a fairy tale. It should not be missed when in Tipperary.

Address: Corbally, Portroe, Co. Tipperary

Hike to the top of Millennium Cross for the most beautiful views of the Tipperary countryside and nearby Lough Derg. The route is breathtaking, with incredible sights in all directions. 

Address: Millennium Cross, Laghtea, Portroe, Co. Tipperary

Lough Derg is amazing.
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Lough Derg is known as Ireland’s pleasure lake, and we thoroughly recommend that you spend a day out on this lake while in Tipperary.

Enjoy boat tours, fishing, or kayaking trips out on this pristine waterway. The green scenery and towering mountains surrounding it make Tipperary even more magical.

Although bordering County Clare, the twin towns of Ballina and Killaloe are a bucket list experience for anyone in Tipperary.

The former capital of Ireland was home to the greatest High King of Ireland, Brian Boru. The twin towns are joined together by a gorgeous thirteen arch stone bridge and are home to a wealth of history and culture. 

Things to know – useful information

Things to know about visiting County Tipperary.
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County Tipperary prides itself in producing high-quality, fresh, local produce. You will find small country markets across the length and breadth of the county. We recommend that you visit one and stock up one some local cheese and fresh bread.

We suggest always having a handy pair of hiking boots or suitable walking footwear at hand as Tipperary is home to so many incredible hikes and walks. This will allow you the freedom to explore without being afraid of ruining your shoes.

Where to stay – fantastic accommodation

The Lakeside Hotel is a great place to stay.
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For a beautiful lakeside retreat, we suggest staying in the stunning Lakeside Hotel Killaloe.

They have waterfront rooms built to a five-star standard, and each one comes with its own private balcony.

There are tonnes of activities to do nearby, including watersports and hiking trails. So this is perfect for any adventure seekers in Tipperary. 

Address: Ballina, Killaloe, Co. Clare, V94 E2D6

Surrounded by beautiful scenery, the Glen of Aherlow Hotel is the ultimate place to stay if you are looking to relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the Tipperary countryside.

This slice of paradise is surrounded by nature and natural beauty; venture from the comfort of your hotel room to hike the nearby, quiet country trails.

Address: Glen of, Newtown, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary, E34 VW22

Where to eat – delicious Irish food

Larkins is a great place to eat in County Tipperary.
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To enjoy a traditional Irish bar and restaurant, head to Larkins in Garrykennedy.

This picturesque setting is home to a thatched cottage that houses this magnificent establishment. Enjoy some of the finest local produce, perfectly poured pints of Guinness and roaring traditional Irish music sessions.

Address: Garrykennedy, Portroe, Co. Tipperary, E45 W729

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