On the banks of the broad, majestic River Suir, Carrick-on-Suir is a small market town with a huge heart in the world famous Golden Vale of Tipperary. With narrow streets and inviting hostelries, a tidal river and beautiful medieval bridge, a unique Tudor Manor House and parks and walks, all nestled under the iconic Mountain of Slievenamon and the spectacular Comeragh Mountains, Carrick-on-Suir is a must-see town for any visitor to the South East of Ireland. Located on the borders of Tipperary, Waterford and Kilkenny, Carrick-on-Suir is also an ideal base from which to explore all three counties.
With warm welcome in a traditional pub, a meeting with long-lost family, a walk to remember through a wild landscape…you won’t be short of things to do in Carrick-on-Suir. Whether you’re looking for activities and adventure, family fun, heritage and culture trails, music and theatre, by car, bike or on foot, from mountains to rivers, Carrick-on-Suir and its hinterland has it all.
Our tourist office is in the Carrick-on-Suir Heritage Centre just off Main Street where you can find brochures, maps and recommendations for sites of local interest. The Heritage Centre also provides a Genealogy research service for those who are interested in investigating their roots.
Discover our renowned heritage sites and hidden gems
Carrick-on-Suir owes its origins the River Suir. The name of the town stems from the original settlement of Carrig Mac Griffin and the 14th Century castle which were built on an island in the Suir, and with the first bridge above the estuary dating back to 1447, the town was of significant strategic importance for a number of centuries. Ormond Castle was later extended by Black Tom Butler in the 16th Century, making it the only unfortified Tudor manor house in Ireland.
The town’s close relationship with the River Suir has always been strong, with salmon cot fishing and trading and dredging barges being a regular sight in the past. This close relationship remains to this day with both the swan and the salmon being symbols of the town, the Old Tow Path being a popular walk for locals and visitors alike, and the river men in their cots still a regular sight on the river.
Carrick-on-Suir can also lay claim to being of significant importance in the cultural, musical and sporting history of Ireland, with its famous sons including the Clancy Brothers who changed the face of Irish music, Seán Kelly who is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest road racing cyclists, and Maurice Davin, one of the founders of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The traditions that they promoted continue to this day and are celebrated in the town by its sporting institutions, monuments, and festivals.
It is no surprise then that Carrick-on-Suir is now noted for its historic sites and offers a unique experience to visitors. With its monuments, churches, parks, castles and estates, Carrick-on-Suir and its hinterland has a rich and diverse heritage with celebrating.
The Heritage Centre was originally the site of the town’s first church, the 13th century St. Nicholas of Myra Church. Located just off Main Street, it is now home to a diverse collection of items telling the story of Carrick-on-Suir and makes a great starting point for any visitor to the area. It is also the location of the Tourist Information Office.
Explore our charming town and its environs
Carrick-on-Suir has a rich cultural, natural and sporting heritage, and its location on the borders of Tipperary, Waterford and Kilkenny means there is wealth of activities both in the town and the surrounding area for visitors and locals alike to enjoy.
The town is steeped in musical and theatrical heritage, and there is always something happening at one of the town’s two theatres, the Strand Theatre, and the Brewery Lane Theatre and Arts Centre. The town celebrates its musical heritage with two major festivals, the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art held throughout the town, and the Carrick Music Theatre Festival in the Strand Theatre.
With its unique cultural and geographical characteristics, the town is a haven for artists of all disciplines and boasts a very strong and active Arts Community. So whether you are into performing arts, creative writing, visual art, crafts, film, music, photography, dance, folk choirs, brass bands, Carrick can cater for all.
Carrick-on-Suir’s rich Arts Scene was featured in the 2017 County Tipperary Magazine ‘Take Time’…take a read here. And Carrick-on-Suir Arts Scene is the Tipperary Co. Council’s nomination for IPB ‘Pride of Place’ Awards 2017, an all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing all over the island of Ireland.
Traditional hostelries and contemporary cafés offer a diverse range of food and there’s a farmers’ market every Friday at the Heritage Centre. And the town’s public houses offer a famous warm Carrick welcome, music and craic many nights of the week.
River, mountain and woodland walks, guided history tours, angling, two golf courses, cycling routes, houses and gardens, unique historic and archaeological sites, a marina in the heart of the town and a large variety of sporting clubs offer everyone from the easy going to the serious sports enthusiast plenty of activities to enjoy. Carrick-on-Suir is also ideally located to take in the sights of the three counties of Tipperary, Kilkenny and Waterford.
Further information can be found at the The Tourist Information Office located in the Heritage Centre just off Main Street