Knock, Republic Of Ireland
Right in the heart of County Mayo
Knock is beautiful – if surprisingly compact - and has enjoyed worldwide fame since 1879 as one of Europe’s premier religious shrines. With a population of just 700, it plays host to an estimated 1.5 million pilgrims every year who flock to see its magnificent shrine to the Virgin Mary. Beyond the small town there’s a stunning hinterland to explore, full of quaint villages, atmospheric pubs and an unspoilt rural way of life.
|Time zone:||GMT (Summer GMT +1 hour)|
|Flight Time:||1 hour 10|
|Holiday type:||City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: : 9°C (24-hour average) (Data for Claremorris)
Rainfall: 1155.1mm a year (Data for Claremorris)
The 10,000-capacity basilica at the Marian shrine has to be seen to be believed - it dwarfs the shrine’s original church nearby.
Must eat at:
The Four Seasons restaurant in the Knock House Hotel is a reliable spot for a local bite. Set in 100 acres of park land, there’s plenty of opportunity to walk off a long lunch!
Must be there for:
Pilgrims are drawn to the centrepiece of the religious calendar in Knock – the National Solemn Novena, held annually in the middle of August for 9 days.
The local folk museum is worth a visit if you’re interested in the background to what’s made Knock quite as famous as it is. It details the town’s spiritual story and puts it all in context.
Although Knock is Ireland’s most visited town, it would be almost rude not to explore the countryside and coastline nearby.
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