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About Knock Shrine

Welcome to Knock Shrine, Ireland's National Marian Shrine

Since the Apparition on the 21st of August 1879, pilgrims and visitors have been welcomed to Knock Shrine. Knock Shrine is a unique and sacred place, set in over 100 acres of landscaped gardens. We offer a peaceful, contemplative space in which to pray, to reflect and to reconnect.

The Story

The story of Knock, as we know it today, began on the evening of the 21st of August 1879 when Our Lady appeared at the gable of the church in the company of St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist. Fifteen local people gave their testimonies to an official Commission of Enquiry and their accounts were found to be trustworthy and satisfactory. In 1936, a second Commission of Enquiry was held to interview the two witnesses still alive in Ireland at that time. In 1937, the youngest witness, John Curry gave his testimony in New York.

For 140 years, visitors have come to Knock from all over the world

This year marks the 140th anniversary of the Apparition and Knock Shrine proudly celebrates its rich history and enduring legacy. Countless number of pilgrims and visitors have been a part of the journey that has seen Ireland’s National Marian Shrine become an international pilgrimage destination. The theme for the celebrations is ’Continuing Our Journey’ and for those who visit, it is an opportunity to experience in person the uniqueness of this special place. Set in over 100 acres of landscaped gardens, the impressive grounds frame the Apparition Chapel and Knock Basilica.


The Journey

When you cross the threshold and enter Knock Shrine, you leave behind the worry and cares of a troubled world and join with your fellow visitors on a journey. Each person who comes to Knock has their own reason for making the journey, however long or short, to experience a unique and tranquil atmosphere.

For some, Knock evokes childhood memories of family visits and a closeness to those who have gone before us. It is a reminder of the faith that has been passed down through generations. Some come searching for answers and consolation, others to reflect and find peace in this serene setting. One thing that is guaranteed is that you will leave Knock Shrine feeling refreshed and renewed.

Arrange your visit today

Knock Shrine has welcomed visitors and pilgrims. We look forward to welcoming you.