Youghal has so much to offer any visitor. Nestled at the end of the majestic Blackwater River, and looking out to the Atlantic, this town’s location always ensured it would be of great strategic importance for industry, fishing, tourism and the various armies that have entered the town. We invite you to find out about the rich heritage of the walled medieval town of Youghal, that has seen everyone from Cromwell to John Huston pass through it – and maybe even William Shakespeare!
Youghal Heritage Centre and Tourist Office are located on the quayside of Youghal Town, right next to the Clock Gate. This is the starting point for any visitor. The informative Heritage Centre has free admission and the Tourist Office offers maps and information on the town (9.30am-5.30pm Apr-Oct, 10.00am-3.00pm Nov-Mar). A great way to explore the town is to go a tour of Youghal’s Heritage Trail and its seventeen locations. This can be done through taking a guided tour which commences from Youghal Tourist Office (adult/senior citizen/student €7/5/3; 11am Mon-Fri Jul-Aug, a tour can be organised for any day of the year for groups of at least five people). Or maybe you prefer to ‘do your own thing’ and take a self-guided tour? Simply download the Youghal Travel App to your iphone or android device which contains four tours (free). The beauty about this is once you have downloaded this free app, it remains free! There are no roaming charges! The Heritage Trail of the town is one of the tours and the walk should take no more than an hour, but there’s no hurry. We suggest putting aside a bit more time to enjoy the trail fully. Some of the locations on the route will be available to explore; including St. Mary’s Collegiate Medieval Church and Gardens and the impressive 13th Century Town Walls. Other locations like Sir Walter Raleigh’s residence; Myrtle Grove can be viewed from the nearest vantage point. Bring good shoes and maybe an umbrella and you’re ready to go! A highlight of the tour includes The Boyle Chapel, in St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, which houses the impressive monument of Sir Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork. The tomb shows him with his first and second wives and their children, including the infant Robert Boyle, the Father of Modern Chemistry.
Every town should have a place like the Fox’s Lane Folk Museum. Small, quirky and interesting, the museum provides visitors an appreciation of what life was like in Ireland at the end of the 19th century. Step back in time into a fully furnished and equipped traditional Irish country kitchen of a century ago. See how people coped with day to day living before the invention of indoor plumbing, electricity, and the automobile. Located in heart of the town, Fox’s Lane Museum is a privately run museum, providing a fascinating display of some 800 items that trace the evolution and development of household conveniences and appliances used in the home, from the 1850s to the 1950s (adult/child/family €4/€2/€10; Tue-Sat 10am-1pm & 2pm-6pm Jul-Sep, open any weekday of the year by prior appointment;).
Youghal’s natural heritage is the envy of many places. There are five miles of sandy beaches. Why not explore Youghal’s new eco-boardwalk which currently runs from Youghal Front Strand to Claycastle. This walk has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike – whatever the weather! Alternatively, you could always go for a swim!
Tony Gallagher’s river cruise is a relaxing, but light-hearted trip up the Blackwater River (adult/child €20/10). Taking up to ten guests at a time, Tony stands barefoot at the helm of Maeve, his 28ft half Decker. A natural raconteur with a love of life and a good yarn, your captain knows all of the stories of the river and is the perfect guide for a relaxing 90 minute trip along one of Europe’s unspoilt major rivers.