Top 7 Things to do in Youghal, Ireland

October 17, 2017 Marissa Gamble

Youghal (/ˈjɔːl/ YAWL; Irish: Eochaill, meaning "yew wood") is a seaside resort town in County Cork, Ireland. Sitting on the estuary of the River Blackwater, in the past it was militarily and economically important. Being built on the edge of a steep riverbank, the town has a distinctive long and narrow layout. As of the 2016 census the population was 7,963.
Restaurants in Youghal

1. Collegiate Church Of St. Mary

Emmet Pl, Youghal, Ireland +353 24 91014
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5 based on 119 reviews

Collegiate Church Of St. Mary

Reviewed By JnVSydney - Sydney

Before going to the church, we head to the tourist centre and picked up a map of the heritage trail and the Raleigh Quarter (self guiding map), the latter incorporates, a self guided tour of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, finding historic treasures on the way. We enjoyed the pop up museum within the church walls, on display is a scale model of 1588 Youghal Medieval Town as well as lots of info on prominent figures. Within the grounds we strolled around the ancient Graveyard Trail, being sure to walk the 13th century Town Walls, enjoying the panoramic views of the town, awesome piccies to be had. last but not least was a visit to the stunning medieval Gardens. The church and its grounds were the highlight of our visito to Youghal.

2. Youghal Clock Gate Tower

149 North Main Street | Youghal, Co. Cork, Youghal P36 F982, Ireland +353 24 20769
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

Youghal Clock Gate Tower

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.

Reviewed By AnitaGod - Cork, Ireland

Our guide, Niall was a welcoming host on the tour. We really enjoyed the tour and I particularly liked the video at the end. I thought it was a lovely touch (no spoilers!). It could have easily become a bit hokey, pandering to the tourists but it was very balanced and gave a good idea of what the building and town was like through the centuries.

3. Youghal Boardwalk

Youghal Front Strand to Claycastle, Youghal, Ireland
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4.5 based on 105 reviews

Youghal Boardwalk

Reviewed By 22EllenH - New York City, New York

The strand is Youghal is one of the most beautiful in Ireland, and I have visited often. Last year's addition of the new boardwalk makes it more accessible, including people who may find it difficult to walk on the sands. I only wish more Beaches in the states had these in areas that are naturally gorgeous (and not amusement-oriented). Walked it nearly every day....

4. Youghal Heritage Trail

8 South Main Street, Youghal, Ireland +353 24 92447
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Youghal Heritage Trail

Reviewed By TAMAN1951

Map from visitor center is very helpful. Even better the friendliest local folks willing to help out. The structures are so interesting. Easy access and not too stressful. Nice for simply walking and looking and thinking of the past.

5. Perks Entertainment Centre

Seafield, Youghal, Ireland +353 24 92438
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4 based on 120 reviews

Perks Entertainment Centre

Reviewed By trishodowd - Limerick, Ireland

Good place for a rainy day. We went on an evening when there was a writstband night and a lot of rides were covered in an €8 wristband charge which covered a lot of the rides for the smallies. However, other nights be prepared to leave a lot of dosh

6. Landward Town Walls of Youghal

Youghal, Youghal, Ireland
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Landward Town Walls of Youghal

Reviewed By relaaxed - Norwich, Eng

The walk along the medieval town walls has been improved enormously over the last few years. One gets a great feeling of history walking over where the cannons used to point out over the town (any likely serious attack coming from the seaward aspect) It would be great if they could extend this further.

7. Youghal visitor centre

Market Square,, Youghal, Ireland +353 24 20170
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Youghal visitor centre

Reviewed By JnVSydney - Sydney

When visiting Youghal we were quite amazed that the visitor/heritage centre was not on TA, has it has excellent maps and all the info you could need, to do the heritage trail and see all the major sites. So here goes.
The staff were very helpful and informative, before we undertook the heritage trail we, got maps of the trail and the Raleigh Quarter which is a must do. Whilst there we visited the Heritage, which guides you through the history of Youghal, which was very well presented. The gifts and postcards are well priced. Definitely the first stop when visiting this wonderful town.

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