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St. Mary's Collegiate Church

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Address: Saint Mary's Church Main Street, Gowran, Ireland
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+353 56 772 6894
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Underadvertised but well worth a visit.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 August 2016
Ronan O
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 the stone monuments outside the church wall,erected in the nineties, detailing the village's history are... More 

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Tullow, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 Earl of Ormond's tomb, and the chap who was looking forward to being spoiled by... More 

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Cork, Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 churches and abbey's to begin with. Although on the outside it looks like many other... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 step inside the grounds and stroll around. You may have the ruins to yourself. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 in history. It was quiet when we got there so we were able to have... More 

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Oxford, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 the Butlers of Ormonde), and the social order of the time. Many ancient monuments have... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 a glorious centerpiece to the village. If you are in the area go visit. It's... More 

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Thank Joe D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015 via mobile

Beautiful church with fascinating history. Well worth a visit. Guides are extremely helpful and have extensive knowledge.

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Boring, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2015

Never understood why tourists flock to tourist traps like Blarney Castle when gems like this exist throughout the country! Had the place to myself and was given a history lesson and tour by the gentlemen who work at the site, which gave me insights that I would never get on one of the big tours. Very pleasant and knowlegable staff... More 

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