Nestled under the protective arms of Youghal Town Walls, in the Raleigh Quarter of Youghal, St Mary’s Collegiate Church, is a national monument of international significance together with being a tourist attraction like no other.
On a visit to St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal, its history is tangible – with magnificent architecture, the 13th century oak roof structure, the fascinating plaques and effigies. With this wonderful structure, St. Mary’s Collegiate Church places us in times of great historic events and in eras of historic figures, e.g Sir, Richard Boyle – 1st Earl of Cork, Oliver Cromwell and Sir Walter Raleigh.
This medieval Church also hosts the magnificent interpretive installation “Voices of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church “
“Voices of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church” offers a visitor experience truly unique. With a choice of three types of tour, each unique, informative and entertaining, the visitor’s interest is captured immediately. Guests to St. Mary’s Collegiate Church may choose his/her own manner of tour or indeed undertake all three. The tours consist of:
– 1. A personally guided tour – experienced and knowledgeable guides take their guests through the Church, highlighting the gems!
– 2. A self guided audio tour – Visitors share the emotional reunion of the imaginary Roe family and they talk about the history of the Church and their own family memories.
– 3. Interactive information displays: Visitors follow a timeline from 1220 to to-day and also see the exciting action and finds of the Church’s archaeological dig. A visitor may also weave a thread in a special Visitors Rug.
Of course, weather permitting, guests at St. Mary’s may also undertake the The Graveyard Trail with interesting information points along the route leading you along part of the medieval town walls with stunning views across Youghal Town and estuary.
A visit to St. Mary’s Collegiate Church is a very memorable occasion.