Ardmore Round Tower And Cathedral

Ardmore Round Tower And Cathedral

Ardmore Round Tower And Cathedral

Ardmore Round Tower And Cathedral
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,348 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
Located a couple of minutes up the hill from the main streets of Ardmore, this gem of a place is well worth a visit. Even as you approach Ardnore by car the majestic Round Tower is the first thing that you'll be drawn to. It's free to enter and nakes for a beautiful, serene stroll around the ruins and graveyard with gorgeous views of the town, beach and headland below.
It marks the beginning or the end of the cliff loop walk too depending on what direction you walk, another must-do.
The church is largely ruined but enough if it's walls survive to give you an idea if it's splendour.
Information boards tell you about St Declan abs how hw brought Christanity to the South East even before St Patrick did in the 5th century. He reputedly lost his holy bell as he crossed to Ireland by boat and he and his followers prayed to God that they would find it. By a miracle this bell floated by on a rock! St Declan vowed to build his church wherever the rock made landfall- hich turned out to be Ardmore! Great legend!
The burial site if St Declan is here too just beyond the church within the graveyard
The Round Tower is in the centre if the site, in remarkable condition. It is stunning really and hard to take your eyes off.
A beautiful place, an absolute must see if you are anywhere near Ardnore.
Written 4 July 2021
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SkipperBill2
Belvidere, IL727 contributions
Oct 2019
We loved our visit and the experience of discovering things that might be overlooked on a shorter visit. Be sure to have a good guide or guidebook to get the best experience.
Written 30 September 2020
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,701 contributions
Aug 2020
One of the nicest monastic sites I have visited, because of the beautiful view over the coast. The round tower is very well preserved.
Written 6 August 2020
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NikaJunie
Jersey City, NJ338 contributions
Sep 2019
Ardmore is the beautiful remains of a monastery founded by the fifth century St. Declan, said to have been a predecessor of St. Patrick. The visible structures consist of a twelfth century church, an oratory, and a tall round tower. Two stones inscribed in ogam, an ancient Irish script, can be observed in the church, and ancient sculpture with biblical themes has been built into a wall. Ardmore is still in use as a cemetery and many of the gravestone inscriptions are quite moving. It commands a fine view of the sea. This place is a little bit off the beaten path, so you are likely to find yourself alone there with your thoughts.
Written 25 September 2019
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Kunai333
Cork, Ireland55 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Really glad to see this still standing, stunning piece of history. The grounds are kept really well and the cemetery is really nice.
Written 19 August 2019
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saeb38
Greystones, Ireland1,542 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Well kept and worth a drop in to ponder history. Two ogham stones to see. Interesting signs to read the history. What must life have been like back when.
Written 27 October 2018
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rexgerardr
Dublin, Ireland9 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
This ruin is well worth the visit, there are readable gravestones, which date back to the early 18th century and other gravestones which unfortunately are unreadable, but are possibly much much older. there is also an ogham stone, and as I had never seen one, it was quite something.
The round tower was very like the one in Glendalough but in better condition.
Written 20 July 2018
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joe007
Tralee, Ireland246 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
do the entire cliff walk that bring you to this place which is also accessible by car. very well maintained and good signage and information boards
Written 28 May 2018
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domhnall_kaps
566 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Where else would you find a well preserved ruin of a centuries-old relic? The round tower is one of the best in Ireland. The cathedral still has intact murals.

It’s free to explore and walk around. There are 2 ogham stones inside as well.

As a bonus: the suspected burial spot of St Declan is also on site.
Written 17 May 2018
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JimmyJackk
San Marcos, CA5,094 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
This wonderful spot in Ardmore Ireland was built way back in the 12th century. We stopped on our road trip and enjoyed walking around this ancient site alone. Great small town.
Written 26 January 2018
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