15 Best Things To Do In Tipperary (Ireland) In 2024

Cazzy Magennis
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Cazzy Magennis
Last Updated:
January 4, 2024
Tipperary is a landlocked county in Ireland bursting with natural beauty. Check out our guide for the best things to do in Tipperary for some inspiration.
Tipperary Ireland

County Tipperary is a place that I would describe as small, but mighty.

It’s a landlocked county in Ireland with some of the best Irish castles in the area and some of the most beautiful natural beauty on the island of Ireland. 

Keep reading to find out my top things to do in Tipperary, Ireland.

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1. Visit the Vee scenic spot

thee vee

The Vee was actually a spot in which we stumbled across accidentally.

We were driving through the countryside to get to our next destination and seen people pull over to this viewing point, and we were not disappointed.

The Vee is a beautiful viewing point, and there is a walking route you can do around it if you wish. 

This is also a great wild camping spot if you’ve got your own campervan with you! 

Read Also: Our Guide On Hiring A Campervan In Ireland

2. Check out Cahir Castle

cahir castle

Cahir Castle was another surprise.

This beautiful castle is tucked away in the quaint town of Cahir.

The castle itself is in great condition and sits beside a river, so it’s very scenic.

You can walk around the castle area and take in the views, or you can even go inside for a nosy at around 8 euro entrance. 

The area around the castle is a perfect picnic spot and there are some beautiful gardens in which you can do various walking routes. 

Fun fact: Lots of film productions including the hit TV show “The Tudors” have been filmed here and you’ll see stones indicating what movies and famous people have been here. 

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3.  Have lunch in Cahir Town

cahir town

Cahir town, in which Cahir castle is situated, is a beautiful Irish town.

There are a variety of great pubs and restaurants serving up great food and Irish coffee, and there are lots of little souvenir shops.

It’s a perfect place to spend an afternoon grabbing some lunch then browsing the shops afterwards. 

When the sun shines here, it’s even more beautiful! 

Definitely one of the best places to visit in Tipperary. 

4. Go strawberry picking at Apple Farm

apple farrm

This was one of my favourite activities on our whole Ireland Roadtrip and we came across it because we stayed at the Apple Farm campsite in Tipperary. 

I highly recommend this place to stay as the grounds are beautiful, and it’s actually super cheap. 

But even if you’re not staying, the farm has it’s own farm shop you can visit and they create lots of amazing fresh produce including wonderful apple juice, home-made cider and much more. 

In the mornings you can also do your own Strawberry picking in their amazing Strawberry fields!

The sun was shining and this was like a magical moment.

Just walking up and down and picking delicious strawberries. 

And I’m not lying when I say they were the best strawberries I’ve ever tasted!

It’s not an expensive activity either.

1 Euro for the box to collect then they charge you for the weight of strawberries you pick, we had a massive pot and it was less than 3 euro!

This is definitely one of the best things to do in Tipperary. 

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5. Admire the Rock Of Cashel

rock of casehel

The Rock Of Cashel sits on the top of Cashel town overlooking the people and it’s stunning.

We regretted not flying our drone here, because the shots from the inside don’t showcase the magnificence of this building as it sits on the hill. 

So, you’ll have to go yourself to see!

We walked around the grounds (6 euro entrance) and inside is also beautiful and there is an interesting history to learn.

The views from up here are also beautiful and I would highly recommend this as one of the top tourist attractions Tipperary has to offer. 

There is a little shop and cafe nearby and toilets on site. 

The town itself is quite cute if you needed to grab a bite to eat afterwards.

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6. Check out Glen of Aherlow

Glen of Aherlow, Ireland

Another beautiful scenic part of Tipperary, this lush valley is a popular place to visit in Tipperary.

This is a walkers paradise and if you want a challenge, or something easy, there will be a walking route for you.

There are lots of cute villages around and in between that you can catch a bite to eat. 

The official website here will help you plan your walking route.

7. Check out Sugarloaf Hill

This is a mountain peak on the border of Tipperary and Wexford, so depending on what way you’re driving through, you might see this first or last. 

This is a beautiful spot to have a walk around and just embrace the nature.

If you’re looking for one of the best things to do in Tipperary to relax, then I say this.

Never underestimate the power of nature to relax yourself! 

8. Drive through the mountains

view point

When you drive through Tipperary you’ll be amazed at the beauty you witness.

Obviously when you think of Ireland, you automatically think of green rolling fields, well, you’ll see them all driving through this county. 

Lots of stunning viewpoints and lots of people selling strawberries on the side of the road.

So pull over, buy yourself a pot and enjoy the views! 

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9. Climb the Galtees

the Galtees mountain range

Did you know that the Galtees are Ireland’s highest inland mountain range?

One of the highest peaks is at 3,018 feet known as the Galtymore Mountain!

If you love mountain walking, then this is a spot for you. 

10. Visit the Swiss Cottage

This is part of a walking route you can take from Cahir Castle and a beautiful walk it is alongside the river.

The Swiss Cottage was built in 1800 and you can take guided tours which last around 30 minutes to learn more about the history and its significance.

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11. Explore Loughmoe Castle

loughmore castle

A little off the beaten track means you'll need a car to explore this castle.

This is a castle Bradley and I didn't visit (although we visited A LOT of castles in Ireland).

What I love about this castle is that it's abandoned.

There are no tours, no visitor centre, just the ruins of a 15th century castle that still looks powerful and beautiful!

If you're looking for unique things to do in Tipperary, then put this on your list.

12. Fish at the River Suir

river suir tipperary

In the middle of Tipperary lies one of the best fishing spots in Ireland!

If you can get hold of some fishing gear, or you've got it with you, then make sure you make a spot here.

It's also quite a scenic spot, so worth a visit for a picnic on a sunny day.

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13. Explore the Ormond Castle

It’s no surprise that Ireland is teeming with beautiful historical castles, and Ormond Castle in Tipperary is definitely one of them.

Perched on the River Suir, this Elizabethan manor house was built in 1565 by the 10th Earl of Ormond for Queen Elizabeth.

Today, you can still see remnants of mid-15th century architecture in the walled bawn. I think anyone who appreciates some history would enjoy the daily tours. You can learn about the evolution and restoration of this castle.

In The Long Gallery, or what used to be the great hall, you’ll see incredible stucco arts depicting Queen Elizabeth and other emblems of Tudor royalty.

Oh, Ormond Castle is also home to antique tapestries and furniture, including an oak bed from 1606!

Price: €5.00 (Adult), €3.00 (Child/ Student)

14. Walk the Lough Derg Way

Ever wanted to explore Tipperary on foot? If you love walking trails and scenic views, you’ll love the Lough Derg Way. It starts in Limerick City and stretches for 68 kilometres to Dromineer, Tipperary.

The full route is usually done in three days, taking you along the River Shannon and through different villages and towns.

Of course, there’s no reason you cannot just walk a portion of it! The riverbanks, forest tracks, and charming roadways are all equally beautiful.

Don’t worry, as most of the route is close to essential shops and services. Stop by local pubs and restaurants as you make your way through Lough Derg.

15. See St. Patrick's Well

Just outside the town of Clonmel is St Patrick’s Well. It’s one of the largest wells in Ireland and quite a popular place of pilgrimage.

The well is a must-visit if you enjoy exploring religious sites, as this one is home to an old Celtic-style cross. You can see a St. Patrick statue too, where visitors often leave offerings.

The water here flows in a tranquil stream and into a large man made pond. It’s quite a peaceful sight!

I’d recommend visiting the nearby church too, which has stood since the 17th century. Inside is a medieval altar tomb of Nicholas White of Clonmel, as well as some historical plagues and fragments.

Planning what to do in Tipperary (Ireland): All common questions answered


When is the best time to visit Tipperary?

If you want great weather and a chance to see all those natural beauty areas I mentioned above without rain, then it’s best you head to Tipperary during the months of June, July, August or September.

A lot of the best things to see in Tipperary are outside, so when it comes to searching for things to do in Tipperary when it rains, you might struggle a little! 

Getting around Tipperary

The best way to get around Tipperary (and the rest of Ireland) is with a campervan.

I recommend getting a quick quote from Spaceships Rentals as this is the company we used.

Not a lot of tours take you around the rural areas of Tipperary, simply because the roads are so small that big tour buses would struggle, so if you want to see the “real” beauty of Tipperary, then I recommend you hire your own set of wheels. 

Alternatively, if you’re just interested in seeing the big sites such as “Cahir Castle” and “The Rock Of Cashel” then you’ll find tours leave from various points in Ireland. 

Read Also: A Guide To Getting Around Ireland: Everything Explained!

How long do you need in Tipperary?

I think two days is enough to see and drive through all the best things to do in Tipperary.

You could absolutely take it slower, but if you’ve got time restraints, then two days is a good amount. 

Where to stay in Tipperary?

When we took a roadtrip around Ireland, we hired a campervan from Spaceships Rentals.

It was AWESOME and you can check out our in-depth review of them here.

Because we had our own vehicle, the majority of our nights were spent in campsites or wild camping spots. 

However, if that’s not your thing, and you need hostels, hotels or a nice homestay, then there are a variety of sites we would recommend you use to find the best deals!  

  • Airbnb - We use this for all of our homestays around Europe
  • Booking.com - We use Booking.com for all of our hotel bookings
  • HostelWorld - Great for finding cheap deals on the most popular hostels
  • Couchsurfing - The cheapest way to find places to stay in …
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Can you book tours in Tipperary?


Lots of people don’t want the hassle that comes with planning a Tipperary itinerary, and that’s fine!

You can easily book onto a tour that sorts everything out for you and it’s a good idea if you’ve got time constraints. 

Whenever we book tours, we always use these 2 sites:

  • GetYourGuide - Tends to be our main choice! 
  • Viator - Sometimes they have tours that the others don’t

Useful tools for planning your visit to Tipperary

For cheap flights to and from Ireland we always recommend starting your search with Skyscanner. It’s our go-to search engine! 

We always recommend having comprehensive travel insurance as you can’t predict what will happen when abroad, and World Nomads are usually a great option. 

If you want a taste of #vanlife then head to Spaceships Rentals for excellent campervans and motorhomes. 

Need your own set of wheels? Check out RentalCars.com.

Other useful posts for planning your trip to Ireland

If Tipperary is just one section of an Ireland adventure, then you might find these posts below useful for planning your trip to Ireland! 

So there you have it, my ultimate guide to the best things to do in Tipperary!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list and have gotten a little inspiration for your trip to Tipperary, Ireland.

If you’ve got any other places to visit in Tipperary to add to this list, then simply comment below and I can pop them in! 

Happy travels. 

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