The Main Guard is one of the oldest surviving civic buildings, and one of the earliest examples of classical public architecture in Ireland. The dramatic landmark was built by James Butler, Duke of Ormond, 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. Inside visitors can enjoy two impressive exhibitions.
Open March to September
March 29 to September 26: Tuesday to Sunday 09:00–17:00
Last admission: 16:15
Please note this site may be closed at short notice. Please ring ahead before visiting.
Admission Prices 2018
Admission is Free
PARKING: Car parking close to site.
Forms one end of the main street – Sarsfield Street is in Clonmel town
Sarsfield Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
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