The Main Guard, Clonmel

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
James Butler, Duke of Ormond, built the Main Guard in 1675 as the courthouse for the Palatinate of administrative area of County Tipperary. In 1715, the Palatinate jurisdiction was extinguished. In about 1810, the ground floor, a loggia of open arches, was converted into shops, a basement excavated and additional floors inserted. It has been recently restored to its original form and the open arcade of sandstone columns is once again a feature of the streetscape.

Location: Forms one end of the main street - Sarsfield Street in Clonmel town.

Bus Route(s): Contact Busaras, Travel Centre (01) 8366111

Guided Tours: Regular tours available.

Photography / Video allowed: Yes. Commercial photography requires permission.

Additional Information: During the closed season contact the Rock of Cashel Tel: +353 62 61437 Fax: +353 62 62988 or e-mail
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  • So glad I visited here, beautiful building and nicely renovated its a pity local council dont promote it more  more »
  • We were sightseeing in Clonmel when we came across this building whick looked to be of interest. On entering, we were greeted by a lady staff member who advised us that there was no charge. We looked....  more »
  • Historical landmark building in centre of Clonmel with helpful staff. Visual and cultural displays plus musical events etc, worth visiting and keeping in touch to find what's on at any particular time. Wonderful model of old Clonmel and photographs of castles in the foyer - a treat to see for all ages.
  • We just loved Clonmel, this is just the start of great shopping center.

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