Once inside the main keep you can enter the castle through a rather sinister looking portcullis. Stand below and look up- if you dare.
You can walk on the battlements, explore the upper levels of the castle or imagine dining in the great hall. Across the outer ward are the residence cottages, built after the main castle, also available to explore. This is a great castle to wander through on your own as it feels like (almost) nothing is off limits. You really get a feel for what it could have been like to live here.
The village of Cahir is lovely. It looks just like you imagine all Irish towns look. Tidy shops, houses side by side, painted in shades of pale, no rush. Perfect.
If you enjoy antiquing you will be overjoyed. Cahir is full of antique shops. We saw absolutely amazing things here. We spent a lot of time “furnishing” our imaginary manor. Brenna especially liked this 18th century fish tank.
Cahir is 30 minutes south of Cashel on N8. Cahir Castle is part of Heritage Ireland and you may use an OPW Heritage Card to gain admittance (or you can buy one here if this is your first stop.