Youghal Clock Gate Tower

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Youghal Clock Gate Tower
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
11:00 - 17:00
Thursday
11:00 - 17:00
Friday
11:00 - 17:00
Saturday
11:00 - 17:00
About
Youghal, Co. Cork is a unique place in Ireland’s Ancient East with miles of sandy beach and a rich medieval history. Youghal Clock Gate Tower is the most visible landmark in the centre of Youghal’s Main Street and is newly opened for 2017 as a visitor attraction. Although built in 1777 as a gaol, this story spans 700 years of history. Visit is by way of a guided tour (allow 1 hour) with costumed ‘storytellers’ over 4 floors. Each floor depicts a different era in time and includes a medieval merchant’s dwelling, an 18th Century Gaol, a ‘time keeping floor’ and a former family home. Hear stories of pain, tragedy and rebellion, but also stories of love, friendship and generosity throughout this tour.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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TFlynn61
County Dublin, Ireland11 contributions
Shirley's really fascinating and enjoyable tour. A must-do!
Oct 2021 • Couples
Shirley gave a fascinating and totally enjoyable guided tour. She used a mix of multimedia elements, well-thought out displays, amazing views (from the roof) but best of all are her great stories which bring the history to life. And there's a huge amount of history in Youghal and this building. Enjoy this must-do attraction. Tip - get a combined ticket with St Mary's Church.
Written 9 October 2021
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Thank you TFlynn61 for the 5 star review. So glad that you enjoyed both tours and hope you tell all your friends. We hope to see you in Youghal again soon.
Written 12 October 2021
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Elizabeth B
St. Stephen, Canada3 contributions
Fantastic tour
Oct 2021 • Couples
We visited the clockgate in October and it was fantastic. We could have talked to our tour guide, Shirley, for hours. She had so much historical information to tell and was so charismatic. My boyfriend in particular loved the view from the top and the workings of the clock. I loved the jail segment of the tour and all Shirley's historical information of the town. My being a local and my boyfriend being from Canada she did great with explaining stories from different perspectives. Thoroughly recommed this tour.
Written 2 October 2021
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Thank you V8600USelizabethb for the great review. We are so glad you enjoyed your tour with Shirley, It's amazing how each individual has a favourite floor on the tour. Hope to see you again soon.
Written 12 October 2021
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AKaD1981
Kilkenny, Ireland85 contributions
A monument stacked full of history and perfectly presented
Sep 2021
I was the first visitor to enter the clock tower after the COVID19 lockdown - whoohoo! The tour guide Shirley gave an excellent tour which must have been a challenge after such a long break. But if she forgot any facts, I could't tell; she seemed absolutely on top of her game and made it very interesting and entertaining.
The video with "the last survivor" (trying not to give too much away here) was very interesting and really priceless. It's amazing to see how much history is crammed into such little floor space.
And absolute must when in Youghal!
Written 27 September 2021
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Congratulations on being the first visitor back in our doors! Shirley was so thrilled to be back and it's evident she so enjoys what she does! We really appreciate your comments and we agree, a visit to Youghal Clock Gate Tower is a must when in Youghal!
Written 28 September 2021
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Pat
1 contribution
Very nice...except for.
Sep 2021
A local man, I and my wife, having inexplicably and inexcusably failed to visit since this iconic building became a museum, finally decided that today was the day. I'm sad to say that the first thing I noticed once we were inside was the damp (?) state of the walls..which continues over a lot of the surface. By the time we had seen all the floors on the way to the roof I found myself being quite appalled at the condition- especially given that the restoration was so recent.
The tour and the exhibits were very interesting and very ably presented by the lady guide.
In short, very enjoyable and well worth a visit, but unless those walls are sorted there won't be much to see in a few years. Pat
Written 24 September 2021
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Thank you very much for taking the time to visit and glad you enjoyed the tour given by Shirley. With regard to your comments on the dampness of the walls, unfortunately this remains an on-going issue, an issue which has been around for the past number of centuries! We continue to monitor and any essential maintenance will be carried out on the building once we close in the off season (November - March).
Written 28 September 2021
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Geraldine D
3 contributions
Beautiful town
Jun 2020
Great hospitality, clean, tidy, welcoming obliging staff Set in a pleasant part of the town. Weather perfect on the day I was there. Will go back to visit one day. Close to Cork. Haven’t been there yet. Next time a train trip would be a good way to travel.
Written 23 December 2020
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JPWDublin
Dublin, Ireland15 contributions
The best tour we have ever done.
Aug 2020 • Family
The tour we had of the Clock Gate Tower in Youghal was probably the best tour we have done as a family anywhere. Shirley our guide was absolutely fabulous. She was so knowledgeable and her passion for her role was plain to be seen. On the tour was my wife and my 7 year old son and he was enthralled as were we were all from start to finish. He mentioned to her on numerous occasions that it was the best tour he had ever had and mentioned it on numerous times on the tour. I mentioned that I was from Monasterboice originally and Shirley could relate to me the history of that area. Her knowledge and passion for history is insatiable and her story telling ability had us waiting on her every word. The tour itself is so well laid out and on each floor there is new and exciting things to explore. I and we as a family would recommend it as a must for anyone visiting Youghal and Shirley is such an asset to the role and has such a passion for the tower and the role that it makes the experience so memorable. If there is one thing that any visitor should do when visiting Youghal is to do the Clock tower tour, I know we will be back again the next time we visit Cork and aYoughal.
Written 24 October 2020
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Iris K
1 contribution
Great morning out
Sep 2020 • Couples
Amazing and very interesting tour, all thanks to Shirley an amazing guide who was very knowledgable, funny and interesting! We learned a lot about not only Youghal but Irish history as well. Would highly recommend!
Written 22 September 2020
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Thank you so much Iris K for your kind 5 star review, we are so glad you both enjoyed your tour. We will pass on your compliments to Storyteller Shirley.
Written 24 September 2020
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Aisleen1
Tralee, Ireland9 contributions
A tale of time.
Sep 2020 • Solo
Youghal Clock Gate Tower

I had the pleasure of exploring the Clock Gate Tower on a very beautiful day in Youghal County Cork.
Shirley our very passionate and entertaining guide took us on a journey through the centuries, right to present day to finish on top of the tower overlooking the town to take in the most spectacular views.
The tour was a little over an 1hr and proved to be educational, without the classic schoolroom humdrum as Shirley was very witty and adapted to her audience with ease making the whole experience very relaxing and enjoyable.
Now, as I pass under the arch of this iconic building, I shall ponder a little more on this extraordinary tale.
Written 20 September 2020
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Thank you Aisleen1 for your lovely comments, we will pass them on to Shirley. So glad you and your family enjoyed the tour.
Written 21 September 2020
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Eithne
Cork, Ireland5 contributions
Amazing tour
Aug 2020 • Family
Really interesting tour and the tour guide was fantastic with loads of information. Amazing views of Youghal. Great work done inside.
Written 29 August 2020
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We are so glad you enjoyed your tour and the amazing views. We will pass on your compliments to Storyteller Niall.
Written 30 August 2020
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Nikki M
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
Youghal Experience Clock Tower
Aug 2020 • Couples
Really good tour guide called Niall who went through the whole history of the tower. Very informative and interesting
Written 28 August 2020
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Thank you Nikkim804, so glad you enjoyed your tour of Youghal Clock Gate Tower. I will pass your compliments to Storyteller Niall.😄
Written 29 August 2020
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Youghal Clock Gate Tower is open:
  • Thu - Sat 11:00 - 17:00