Take a journey through the decades

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.

  • Restored building is one of the earliest examples of classical public architecture in Ireland
  • Open arcade of sandstone columns
  • Impressive exhibitions

17 March – 30 September 2023

Tuesday to Sunday 09:00 – 16:15 (last admission)

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

Check website for updates before travelling


Admission Prices:

Admission is Free

Useful Information

PARKING: Car parking close to site. 

Getting There

Forms one end of the main street – Sarsfield Street is in Clonmel town

Map Location: 52.352945, -7.701398
Contact The Main Guard

Sarsfield Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Eircode: E91 P7Y8
T: +353 (0)52 612 7484
W: heritageireland.ieplaces-to-visitthe-main-guard
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