Youghal Heritage Town

Places to See | Co. Cork, Ireland



Youghal, where past meets present at the mouth of the picturesque River Blackwater. It is one of the best examples of a Norman walled port in Ireland today, combined with a modern seaside holiday resort. The town also houses some fascinating historical sites of Ireland.

Enjoy the ‘Youghal Heritage Trail Walking Tour’ and see for yourself the 13th Century town walls – a striking reminder of Youghal’s importance as a Medieval port town. Other highlights include the famous ‘Clock Tower’ and Tyntes Castle. The most famous of Youghal’s buildings is Mrytle Grove, once the home of Sir Walter Raleigh. Raleigh is said to have planted the first potatoes in Ireland in Youghal, thus introducing a nutritious food which was to have a major impact on Ireland’s future.

St. Mary’s Collegiate Church and Graveyard (Free Admission) is now a National Monument of Ireland. This ancient place has been a site of continuous Christian witness, worship and prayer for over 1300 years

Youghal Visitor centre offers a unique starting point from which to explore the exciting history of this place to visit in Co Cork. Guided walking tours direct the visitor through the most notable areas of the town.

Following in the footsteps of Sir Walter Raleigh, Edmund Spenser and Sir Richard Boyle, the visitor is taken through the main streets, spanned by the 18th century clock tower, where Victorian shopfronts stand shoulder to shoulder with 13th and 16th century dwellings.

Address: Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland


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