St. Mary's Collegiate Church

St. Mary's Collegiate Church, Youghal

St. Mary's Collegiate Church

St. Mary's Collegiate Church
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12:00 - 16:00
Monday
12:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 16:00
Thursday
12:00 - 16:00
Friday
12:00 - 16:00
Saturday
12:00 - 16:00
Sunday
13:00 - 16:00
About
Welcome to 'Voices of St. Mary's Collegiate Church'. We hope you will enjoy exploring our church and discover more about its story in our interactive exhibition when you come to visit! Since its foundation in 1220, St. Mary's Collegiate Church has been at the heart of the town of Youghal. For over 800 years, the stone walls and wooden roof have provided sanctuary and solace through times of war and famine, as well as a calm presence in times of prosperity and peace. There is so much to discover her and as you look around you will see where parts of the church have been altered over the centuries. Despite these changes, the craftsmen who constructed the building in the 13th century would recognise it today. Christian worship continues to this day and Church of Ireland services are regularly held here. The church came into the care of Cork County Council in 2005 and now hosts a wide range of community events and performances, as well as welcoming visitors from all over the world!
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Aisling N
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Family
What a fantastic experience! I brought my 5th class here and they had a brilliant time. The audio tour had every child completely engaged. The guide was dressed in a fabulous costume and had the children's attention from the first minute. The tour is so unique and the information is relayed as if you're listening to a conversation which makes it so much more relatable and enjoyable. We will be back and will be recommending!
Written 28 April 2022
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helben2017
Cork, Ireland12 contributions
Apr 2022
A wonderful morning spent in St. Mary's Collegiate Church this morning with our tour guide Wayne. This is a hidden gem in Youghal, and is well worth a visit. The wonderful architecture and history of the building along with and interactive experience is suitable for all the family. Easy to access and navigate, a lovely way to spend a few hours in the town of Youghal, our Ladies group thoroughly enjoyed it.
Written 11 April 2022
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Thank you for your kind words, it was our pleasure to have you in the church, we hope to see you again soon. You are always welcome.
Written 18 April 2022
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Aisling Curran
Cork, Ireland2 contributions
Apr 2022
We went in to the Church this morning for a guided tour as a Ladies Group and we had such a lovely experience. The Church is beautiful with so much history. Wayne, our guide was absolutely fantastic, full of knowledge, friendly and so patient with the group. There was no rushing around and we got to soak up the wonderful atmosphere. We will definitely be back and will be recommending the guided tour to all! Thanks so much :)
Written 11 April 2022
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Thank you so much for the great review, it was my pleasure to escort the group around the church. I'll look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Written 18 April 2022
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Andrew C
3 contributions
Feb 2022
The Audio tour was is amazing full of history and delivered brilliantly with humor and emotion. The Audio is a great addition easy to follow and very insightful.
Written 18 February 2022
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Delighted to hear you enjoyed the audio tour so much! we have worked so hard at delivering a really special audio experience and it's always great to get feedback!
Written 22 February 2022
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AKaD1981
Kilkenny, Ireland86 contributions
Sep 2021
When I went in, I wasn't really in the mood for the whole touristy thing, but I got talking to the receptionist (Angelica?) and since I didn't want to do the audio tour, she recommended the "treasure hunt" map. It was perfect for me, because it made me look at different features of the church that I might have overlooked, if I had just gone on my own exploration. I will have to come back and do the audio guided tour! Thanks to Angelica for taking the time to chat!
Written 27 September 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, we are delighted that you met Angelika she really has a passion for the history and heritage of the church and the town itself. We hope to see you again soon.
Written 7 October 2021
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SwanseaSooz
Swansea, UK17 contributions
Aug 2021
Packed full of history, allow yourself time to explore the nooks and crannies of this amazing historical building
Written 2 September 2021
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Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again soon.
Written 9 September 2021
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DUN01170
Dublin, Ireland258 contributions
Aug 2021
Fascinating church, astonishing survival of the building (despite all the fighting around and in the town over the centuries). Well restored. Very good audio guide which is suitable for children. Can be taken fast or slow as the mood dictates.
Written 24 August 2021
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Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed our audio tour, we would like to see you again and maybe you could enjoy our guided tour which will be back after the 20th September.
Written 9 September 2021
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jcgdublin
Dublin, Ireland177 contributions
Jul 2021
A very well kept and interesting church with a load of history and helps tell the story of Youghal so definitely a must see.
Written 15 August 2021
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Thank you for your review, we pride ourselves on the appearance of the grounds, the caretakers do a great job. We hope to see you again.
Written 9 September 2021
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Noel F
Douglas, UK4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
There is nothing I can write that will prove what a gem this is and absolutely fantastic experience if I do nothing else this has made my holiday and would recommend the audio tour for €8:50
Written 11 August 2021
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Thank you for your review we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. The audio tour is only €7 per adult. We hope to see you again and maybe you could enjoy our guided tour which will be available after the 20th September.
Written 9 September 2021
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pfiddle56
Lismore, Ireland81 contributions
Aug 2020
Outstanding visit - just a pity we missed the official guide but the secretary (?) did her best to inform us and answered most of my (rather nerdy detailed) questions adequately. She was in fact most gracious and helpful.
Hope to return soon - but will phone ahead to ensure guide is on hand.
Written 14 July 2021
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Thank you for your comments and kind words, we would be delighted to see you again soon.
Written 26 July 2021
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St. Mary's Collegiate Church is open:
  • Sun - Sun 13:00 - 16:00
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