Things To See & Do Around Knock

While staying at Shrine View Guesthouse B&B

Catholic Heritage Sites

Ballintubber Abbey

If you are staying in Knock for a few days then is well worthwhile to pay a visit to Ballintubber Abbey which is located about forty five minutes drive from Knock Shrine, just off the N84 Castlebar to Galway route.

The Abbey was founded by King Cathal Crovdearg O’Conor  around the year 1216.  Mass has been celebrated at the Abbey every Sunday since its foundation in 1216.

The Abbey Website is located HERE 

Contact Details for the Abbey are

St Mary's Carmelite Abbey

The ruins of St Mary's Carmelite Abbey, are located on the N17 Knock to Claremorris Road just a ten minute drive from Knock Shrine.

The Abbey was founded in 1288 and closed shortly after the Irish famine around 1870.

The picture above shows a couple of celtic crosses which are located within the abbey grounds.

A detailed history of the abbey can be found at the Irish Carmelite's website here

Urlaur Abbey

Urlaur Abbey is a Dominican ruin situated on Lough Urlaur about 22 minutes drive from Knock Shrine off the N83 Kilkelly to Ballyhaunis road. It is another very beautiful site and the Abbey, although roofless, is quite well preserved.  The Abbey was founded by the Dominicans in 1430

Several of the friars were put to death in the Cromwellian times and the friars left the abbey altogether in 1698 when the penal laws came into effect.  An Mass is held at the site annualy on the 4th August.

You can read articles on Urlaur Abbey at the following links.

Main Towns


Castlebar is Mayo's principle town and is about 30 minutes drive from Knock. 

It has a train station and is also well served by buses.

Castlebar has a concert hall, 'The T F Royal Theatre',  which often features international as well as national artists.

You can check their website here

Nearby is the National Museum of Country Life which is free of charge and well worth a visit as it depicts Irish Life down through the ages.

You can download a Museum Guide here



Claremorris is about ten minutes drive from Knock at the junction of the N17 Galway to Sligo road and the N60 Castlebar to Roscommon road.  There is a train station in Claremorris which is convenient for getting to Knock.

Claremorris also has a beautiful park, McMahon Park, which is situated on Clare Lake.  The park features the 'Land of Giants' a series of large wood crafted household items, such as a large yellow door, a red chair, keys etc and is great walking area for both children and adults. There is also a children's playground near the park with the usual swings and slides.


Ballyhaunis is another small town close to Knock on the main Dublin to Westport rail line just off the N60 and N83 national secondary roads.  It is also a handy stop for getting the train to and from Knock shrine, about a ten minutes car journey away.

Ballyhaunis has an outdoor sports facility which includes a basketball court and children's playground. There is also an outdoor swimming pool in Ballyhaunis and a Town Park near the old Abbey.

Local Museums

Museum of Country Life

Turnlough House, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Ireland's Country Life Museum features exhibits on the traditional way of life in Ireland down through the years.  The museum showcases Irish modes of dress, Irish crafts, Irish folklore and other items of Irish interest.  There is a restaurant on site and a well stocked souvenir and gift shop.  Entrance to the museum is free of charge. 

You can view the guidebook below.

Knock Museum

Knock Shrine Grounds

Knock Museum tells story of the Knock Apparition of 1879.  The Museum is laid out as a folk Museum and exhibits include hand written testimonies and letters from pilgrims to Knock as well as other items of historical and local interest.  There is a restaurant and shop onsite.  There is an entry charge to Knock Museum.

You can view the guidebook below