St. John’s Rest & Care Centre

St. John’s Rest & day Care Centre

St John’s Rest and Day Care Centre is located on the grounds of Knock Shrine, nestled between Knock Basilica and the north car park, where most buses and coaches arrive and depart from.

A shuttle bus service also operates on the grounds of Knock Shrine and pilgrims can avail of this service between St John’s Rest and Day Care Centre, the Chapel of Reconciliation and other locations.

 Our opening hours are as follows

 Peak- season (April to October) – open 10am to 5pm (Monday-Sunday)
•  Off-peak season (Nov to March) – open 10am to 6pm (Monday-Friday)

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Our centre can accommodate

•  Large or small groups (e.g.) tour bus / school tours/ nursing home groups etc.
•  elderly or infirm pilgrims,
•  special need pilgrims
•  Families and children.

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Mobility Assistance

We have approximately ten designated disabled parking spaces directly outside our centre. Wheelchair accessible toilets are also available in the centre. Any pilgrim, wishing to hire a wheelchair, can book in advance or request on the day, the use of a wheelchair from our centre, or phone in advance (094) 93 88100 ext. 136. It is best to book a wheelchair in advance, so as to ensure its availability, at the time of your arrival in Knock. Our wheelchair hire is convenient, with wheelchair parking right outside our centre.

Day Care for Senior Citizens

Day Care for Senior Citizens is available every Tuesday and Wednesday at our Centre.  We also offer a mini bus service to those who require a lift.   Day Care is ideal for senior citizens who live alone and who would benefit from some good company, and a nourishing meal.  We can accommodate people who have mild mobility issues; however, we do not have any nursing staff working here at the Centre.

We offer tea and toast on arrival at approximately 10 am and our clients enjoy general conversation amongst themselves until 12 noon, when Holy Mass is offered.  Afterwards, a three course meal is cooked and served on site. This is followed by gentle exercises, some singing/entertaining and Bingo.  Occasionally we host art classes or a fun quiz.  Our day concludes at approximately 3 pm.

Our regular clients thoroughly enjoy coming to Day Care and we are delighted that we can offer more people the opportunity to spend some time with us.  Please contact Geraldine or Sarah on 094 938 8100 Ext 136 for more information.

We also provide Day Care for Senior Citizens living in Knock and surrounding areas every Tuesday and Wednesday throughout teh year. New members are always welcome. Please contact our centre for more details.



Meeting Place

St John’s Rest and Care Centre boasts a large seating and dining area, where pilgrims can rest, relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Knock.  It is advisable (especially for large groups) to book the hall in advance, so that adequate seating can be reserved for your group, especially during the peak season. St John’s Rest and Care Centre is an ideal meeting place, as it is centrally located on the grounds of Knock Shrine and is close to the North Car Park.  We offer teas and coffees, and we also offer snacks, cold drinks, from our vending machines. 


Our centre comprises of a large recreational hall area which is ideal for large conferences and workshops.
The centre also includes two medium sized meeting rooms which are available for rent to various groups. Booking in advance is essential.

Free Shuttle Bus

Knock Shrine operates a complimentary shuttle service. This service is available to all pilgrims visiting the Shrine and runs every day throughout the pilgrimage season and at weekends during the winter.

This service can be requested at any of the buildings within the grounds- just ask a member of staff who will be happy to assist you.


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