Roscrea is one of the oldest towns in Ireland, having developed around the 7th century monastery of Saint Crónán of Roscrea, parts of which remain preserved today.
Amongst the most notable buildings of interest are the 13th century Roscrea Castle and Damer House on Castle Street.
The Round Tower and the High cross of the ancient monastery are also located nearby.
Also of interest in the town are the remains of the 15th century Franciscan Friary and Monaincha and Sean Ross Abbeys.
One of the most famous books produced by the monastery is the 8th-century Book of Dimma currently on display at Trinity College, Dublin