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Planning your day at Knock Shrine…


There are so many great ways to spend time at Knock Shrine. In addition to daily ceremonies, there are a great range of services and facilities available during the pilgrimage season (30th April – 8th October). 

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Family Visits

Take a day to make special memories at Knock Shrine…

  • Join a free daily Guided Tour of Knock Shrine grounds and become enthralled by the fascinating story of the Apparition of 1879 and discover more about the ordinary people who witnessed this miraculous event. Tours are  available twice daily throughout the pilgrimage season at 12 noon and 3.45pm
  • Visit the award-winning Knock Museum which tells the compelling story of the Apparition of 1879 (audio guides available in seven languages), take time to explore the quaint thatched cottage and artefacts on display. The gift shop at Knock Museum offers a great range of crafted goods including beautiful handmade pottery, jewellery, scarves, baskets and exquisite Knock Medals
  • The HUB (Hear, Understand, Believe) is a place for young people and children (5+ years) at the Shrine. It is a bright, welcoming and happy space where you will find a kids club and drop-in centre. The HUB also run summer camps throughout the summer and is open Wednesday- Sunday from 30th June
  • The Caravan & Camping Park is open from May-October and is great place for a family staycation, with beautiful quiet grounds and a great range of services and amenities. Visitors can take advantage of the close proximity to the Shrine or take a day trip to one of the many attractions in the West of Ireland. The caravan park holds a 4-star rating from the AA and 3-star from Fáilte Ireland
  • Take a while to explore the ‘Apparition Mosaic’ in the Basilica, the largest mosaic of its kind in Europe. The Mosaic is an enormous and impressive artwork contains over 1.5 million mosaic tiles. The mosaic depicts in vivid detail the Apparition scene and the ordinary villagers, of all ages, who witnessed the heavenly vision. 
  • Take time-out at Café Le Chéile, a bright, contemporary space with delicious daily specials, light-bites, fresh salads and a great range of freshly baked deserts and sweet treats
  • A complimentary shuttle bus operates everyday throughout the pilgrimage season and can take you from A to B so you can fully explore the various places, sights and sounds!
  • Take part in daily ceremonies, Mass, Stations of the Cross and Confessions 


Individual Visits

Why not take some time out of busy life for peace, reflection and prayer?

  • Take part in a Prayer Guidance session (available daily), walk around the meandering paths in the Shrine grounds and enjoy the beautiful gardens and listen to the sounds of nature
  • Visit the Bookshop, located in the grounds of Knock Shrine where you can browse a broad range of spiritual and religious books. The bookshop also stocks a range of other religious and spiritual gifts. 
  • Attend one of the daily ceremonies, confessions or take time to explore the beautiful churches, each with its own unique architecture and artistic elements, including the ‘Apparition Mosaic’ in the Basilica, the stained glass window from Harry Clarke Studios in Knock Parish Church, or the stunning mosaic in the Chapel of Reconciliation
  • Spend some quiet time in the Apparition Chapel and enjoy the peaceful and prayerful atmosphere
  • Enjoy a lunch relaxed lunch at Café Le Chéile, St Mary’s or head to Knock House Hotel to enjoy a delicious evening meal

 

Group Visits

  • A visit to the Apparition Chapel (Shrine) is the perfect way to experience the peace and calm of this special place. Daily Mass is celebrated here and private Mass for groups who are travelling with a priest are also available upon request. 
  • Guided Tours – take a stroll with an experienced tour guide to hear all about the rich and fascinating history of the Shrine. The tour takes you through the beautifully landscaped grounds, visiting all places of interest including the Apparition Chapel and Gable Wall, Papal Cross, Basilica and Chapel of Reconciliation. This is a free service and pre-booking is essential.
  • Visit the Bookshop, located in the grounds of Knock Shrine where you can browse a broad range of spiritual and religious books. The bookshop also stocks a range of other religious and spiritual gifts. 
  • Attend one of the daily ceremonies, confessions or take time to explore the beautiful churches, each with its own unique architecture and artistic elements, including the ‘Apparition Mosaic’ in the Basilica, the stained glass window from Harry Clarke Studios in Knock Parish Church, or the stunning mosaic in the Chapel of Reconciliation

Drop-In Listening Service at Knock Counselling Centre

Available during the pilgrimage season at the following times:

Thursday: 10am-5pm
Friday: 2pm-5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-5pm

The drop-in listening service offers people an opportunity to discuss difficult or challenging life issues in a caring and confidential environment. People attend single sessions to reflect on and discuss personal issues or concerns.

The drop-in service is available to any person or persons over the age of 18. There is no set fee for a session at the drop-in listening service. No appointment is needed to use the drop-in listening service.

Contact the Counselling Centre
Tel: (094) 93 75032 or email: counsellingteam@knockshrine.ie


 

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Opening Hours

All Knock Shrine Mass Offices
OPEN DAILY
Jan- August: 9am-6pm daily
August 9am- 7:30pm
Extended opening hours during the National Novena 14th– 22nd August: Open Daily: 9.00 am-8.30 pm & 9.30pm-11.00pm
Bookshop OPEN DAILY 9am-6pm Daily
Extended opening hours for the National Novena  14th– 22nd
August: 9am-8.30pm & 8.30pm- 11.pm
Knock Museum OPEN DAILY 10.00 am-6.00 pm
Café Le Chéile OPEN DAILY 

10am-5pm
Witness to Hope Information Centre OPEN DAILY 9am-5pm daily (Summer)
(Winter) Monday -Friday 9am-5pm
Saturdays & Sundays 11am-4pm
St. Johns Rest & Day Care Centre OPEN DAILY 10am-5pm
Youth Ministry/The HUB  July & August: Open Wed-Sun (Closed Mon & Tues excluding summer camps and novena)
Prayer Guidance Centre Open during the Pilgrimage Season Only
From the first Monday in May until the Second Sunday in October)
 Open Daily: 11am- 9pm
(Closed for lunch and teatime)
Winter: Closed
Parish Church & Apparition Chapel (Shrine) OPEN DAILY Pilgrimage Season: 7am- 9pm
Winter Season: 8am- 9pm
Knock Basilica Open Daily 8am – 9pm
Extended opening hours for the National Novena
Blessed Sacrament Chapel OPEN DAILY 11am – 6pm
Knock Counselling Centre  9.30am – 5.30pm
Extended Opening on Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 9.30am- 8pm
Drop-in Listening Service:
(No appointment necessary)
Thursday: 10am-5pm
Friday: 2pm-5pm
Sat & Sun: 11am-5pm 
Confessional Chapel Open Daily 11am-5pm (Summer) 11am-4pm (Winter)
Limerick Office & Shop 9.30 to 5.20
Monday – Saturday

 

Drop-In Listening Service
Knock Counselling Centre

Knock Counselling Centre offers a confidential drop-in listening service each week.

The drop-in service is available to any person or persons over the age of 18.

There is no set fee for a session at the drop-in listening service. A donation to Knock Counselling Centre is welcome.

The drop-in listening service offers people an opportunity to discuss difficult or challenging life issues in a caring and confidential environment.

People attend single sessions to reflect on and discuss personal issues or concerns.

No appointment is needed to use the drop-in listening service but please telephone Knock Counselling Centre to find out when the drop-in listening service if being offered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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