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St. Mary's Collegiate Church

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Saint Mary's Church Main Street, Gowran, Ireland
+353 56 772 6894
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Quite by chance when stopped in the beautifully kept village of Gowran, we noticed St Mary's... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2017
Dublin, Ireland
via mobile
Beautiful ruins!

We came past this church and it looked really nice we go inside and decide to take a look.A really... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2017
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Saint Mary's Church Main Street, Gowran, Ireland
+353 56 772 6894
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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Quite by chance when stopped in the beautifully kept village of Gowran, we noticed St Mary's Church. The OPW Guide, Gerry, had just started a free tour with two American visitors and he immediately made us welcome. For the next hour he kept us enthralled...More

Thank Aido_58
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

We came past this church and it looked really nice we go inside and decide to take a look.A really nice Guide Lisa said if we wanted a tour we really enjoyed it we learned a bit more about Ireland and this cathedral,she told us...More

Thank AriPadilla
Reviewed 22 August 2016

A great place to stop off. It oozes history and has plenty of medieval history to offer the visitor.The guides were very enthusiastic and admission is free. Its one of many worthwhile sites in the county. The only thing I did not like is that...More

Thank Ronan O
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Wasn't expecting a guide but Lisa bounded out and brought myself and two small girls on a whistle-stop tour that was never dull and always informative ... time constraints kept us from staying longer but wonderful to get up close & personal with the 1st...More

Thank turtski
Reviewed 25 July 2016

We happened by during a slack time and got a tour all to ourselves (the 2 of us). Lisa couldn't have been more helpful or knowledgeable. So glad we stopped.

Thank Catherine S
Reviewed 28 June 2016

We came across this church whilst en route to another local attraction, and all I can say is I'm so glad we did. Just a slight disclaimer, I am a mature student doing a major in History (aka a med-head) so I've a "thing" for...More

Thank Lisa O
Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

This is one of the least visited national monuments in Ireland and it's in beautiful Gowran tucked away just off the Dublin Waterford motorway before Kilkenny. The interior of the church is open daily from May to October but even if not you can still...More

Thank Joe D
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Stumbled across this place on the out of Gowran. What a little gem...I really enjoyed this tour. The guide, Lisa, really knew her stuff and gave us a really good insight into local history and the history of the church. A lovely old building steeped...More

Thank Irishmanners
Reviewed 4 June 2016

Spent almost two hours with Gerry, an OPW guide, on a rainy opening day (we were the first and only visitors on May 19) going through the church and listening to fascinating descriptions of the architecture, local history, genealogy of prominent families (most notable being...More

Thank Oxford1809
Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

I grew up across the street from this beautiful old church and spent much of my childhood playing in the churchyard and climbing to the top of the tower for the best view in Gowran. It has been beautifully cleaned up since then and is...More

Thank Joe D
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14 February 2017|
Response from Gerry O |
Hi KailuaGal, Tours are bespoke and tailored to the needs and, indeed, time constraints of individual visitors. Typically allow approximately forty minutes to get a good, high-level, overview of the church's 1,600 year... More