St John’s Rest & Care Centre is located in the grounds of Knock Shrine, nestled between Knock Basilica and the north car park, where most buses and coaches arrive and depart from. Our centre comprises of a large recreational hall area which is ideal for large conferences, workshops and as a general meeting and resting area for visiting pilgrims.
The centre also includes two medium sized meeting rooms which are available for rent to various groups. Booking in advance is essential.
Find us here! Knock Shrine Grounds Map
A free shuttle bus service 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 any other location within the Shrine grounds. 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.
Wheelchairs, Parking & Accessibility
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.
Our opening hours:
Peak season April to October – Opening times 9:30am – 6pm Monday – Sunday
Off Peak November to March – Opening times 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday
Weekly Scheduled Activities
Senior Citizens Day Care
Senior Citizens Day Care
Legion of Mary Group
Divine Mercy Group
|8pm Al Anon||8pm
Connaught Pioneers (monthly)
Catechism Studies Group
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.
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.
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.