Holycross Abbey in Co. Tipperary gets its name from the fact that for over 800 years a relic of the true cross was associated with the Abbey. It was a source of pilgrimage and devotion for many. A relic of the True Cross drew pilgrims from far and wide since its foundation by Dónal Mór Ó Briain, King of Limerick, in 1182AD. Around 1400AD the Butlers of Ormond were patrons and many renovations were carried out. A second relic, the Ormond Relic, was enshrined in the Abbey. Many of the unique architectural features date from the 15th century rebuild.
Holycross Abbey is part of Ireland’s Ancient East Trail.
For information or to book a group tour at any time throughout the year please phone 086-1665869 or 0504-43124 (office hours). Email: holycrossabbeytours@
Guided tours of the Abbey are also available every Wednesday and Sunday at 2.30pm, March to September inclusive.
Because the Abbey is our parish church tour times will be rescheduled to adapt to any religious events taking place in the Abbey. We accept donations of €5 (2019 rate).