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Explore the beautiful grounds and gardens at Knock Shrine

For many pilgrims, taking time to walk through the gardens and experience the beauty and peace of the Shrine is an important part of their pilgrimage.

Grounds and Gardens

Set in over 100 acres, the beautiful gardens frame the Apparition Chapel, which is at the very heart of Knock and the iconic Knock Basilica. Throughout the grounds, there are opportunities among the meandering pathways to sit and contemplate the beauty of Creation.

Every year, the gardens are replanted with new seeds sown from January onwards.

We have a wide variety of native Irish trees, including mature oak, willow, weeping beech, copper beech, Cotoneaster Cornubia, Ash, Birch and Rowan, all of which are simply stunning during full bloom and in the Autumn period.

We also have a number of dedicated trees and a Rose Garden.

Trees of Remembrance

Many trees have been planted around the Shrine grounds and gardens to mark a special occasion or for individuals who have a special association with Knock.

Monsignor Joseph Quinn, P.P., Knock Shrine, 2002-2011

A Beech Tree was planted to remember Monsignor Joseph Quinn, P. P., Knock. This tree was planted to mark his first year as Parish Priest at Knock.

Father Joe Taffe

A Yew tree was planted to remember the late Fr. Joe Taffe, originally from Eden in Knock, Fr. Taffe became the Spiritual Director of the Irish Welfare and Information Centre in Birmingham. He ministered in Birmingham for and became renowned for his work with underprivileged Irish emigrants.

Witness to Hope Tree

100 Masses for the Holy Souls, FR. Richard Gibbons, Rector, Knock Shrine
An Oak tree was planted as a reminder of this wonderful initiative, which commemorates the 100 Masses offered by Archdeacon Cavanagh in 1879. One Mass was offered by Fr. Richard each day from 14th May-21st August 2014.

Rose Garden

In May 2011, one hundred roses were planted to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of Monsignor Horan, known as ‘The Builder of Knock’.