The Main Guard

The Main Guard

Contact Details


The Main Guard
Sarsfield Street
Co. Tipperary
E91 P7Y8

Telephone No: +353 52 612 7484
Fax No: +353 52 612 7517

During the closed season, please contact The Rock of Cashel.
Tel. +353 62 61437
Fax +353 62 62988

Opening Hours


26th March - 26th September.

Daily 09.00 - 17.00 - Closed Mondays

Last admission 16.15

Restricted hours during closed season

Average Length of Visit: 40 mins

Please note this site may close at short notice.  Visitors are advised to check ahead before visiting.

Admission Fees



Toilets and toilet for visitors with disabilities.

Car parking close to the site.

Restaurant/Tearooms: None




Following Government guidelines this site is closed until further notice.

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.

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

Bus Route(s):
Contact Busaras, Travel Centre +353 1 836 6111

Guided Tours:
Regular tours available.

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

Events 2019:

Main Guard Events list 2019