Knock (Ireland)

Knock is a small town in County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland.


Home to the world famous Knock Shrine where on the 21st of August, 1879, there was an apparition of Our Lady, St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph. They appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church and was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. Knock is now internationally recognised Marian Shrine and was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1979, commemorating the centenary of the Apparition. Mother Teresa of Calcutta visited the Shrine in June of 1993. One and a half million pilgrims visit the Shrine annually from countries all over the world. An International airport, Ireland-West Airport was opened in Knock as an international gateway for travellers to Ireland and has elevated the status of Knock to a major tourist destination.

Get in

The easiest way of getting to Knock from within Ireland is by car, alternatively you can travel by Bus . Unfortunately there is no direct route to Knock all connections are made via Charlestown. The nearest train station is Ballyhaunis, 22Km from Knock. For international travel Ireland West Airport Knock is located 22km from the center of Knock town, with direct flights available from London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol and Leeds.

By car hire

Car hire is available from several agencies in the airport including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz.

Get around

You can explore Knock and Knock Shine on foot.


Knock Shrine is the a major international pilgrimage site where Catholics believe an apparition of the Virgin Mary occurred.


Being an international tourist hotspot a number of religious stalls, shops and markets line the main route through the town to the shrine.



Accommodation comes in the form of the Knock House Hotel. There is also a caravan and camping area located on the Shrine grounds. As a lot of Invalid and sick pilgrims attend the Shrine the St. John's Rest & Care Centre was setup providing light refreshments, on call doctor and a minibus with wheelchair lift.

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