Things to see and do when you visit Youghal.
- Stroll, swim, or surf along one of our beautiful beaches. Remember it’s free!
- Take a Guided Walking Tour of Youghal Town and discover our fascinating heritage. Youghal History & Heritage – Interactive Map
- Take a cruise along the stunning Blackwater River with Captain Tony Gallagher on ‘The Maeve’ Blackwater Cruise
- Visit St. Mary’s Collegiate Church and Gardens, one of the oldest Christian sites in the country and of unparalleled historical importance for Ireland. Undertake St Mary’s Collegiate Church Treasure Trail and discover of some secrets of our National Monument.
- Book a round of golf at Youghal Golf Club – a scenic and challenging 18 hole – Par 71, Parkland Golf Course.
- Check out Youghal’s Festivals and Events. Almost every weekend we have a festival or event taking place. See our ‘whats on section’.
- Experience our Indoor Entertainment: Perks Entertainment Centre one of Ireland’s largest indoor funfair centres.
- Work-out, relax or enjoy the fantastic facilities of Aura Leisure Centre with 25mtr pool including slide and fun feature pool for kids.
- Go diving or deep sea fishing on one of Youghal’s ‘State of the Art’ Charter Boats The Seahunter.
- Sample the hospitality, the food and fun, in Youghal’s Restaurants, Cafes and Bars.
Local Youghal Information
Youghal is a historic town situated on the estuary of the River Blackwater. Once the second largest port in Europe and home to Sir Walter Raleigh, it now offers an old-time charm, heritage and numerous leisure pursuits. The town is the focal point of an area of outstanding beauty, with superb Blue Flag beaches, 18 hole golf course, greyhound racing and tennis. Both Youghal Bay and the river Blackwater offer a haven for keen anglers where deep sea, fresh water, and shore fishing are all available.
The towns history may be explored on fascinating tourist trail which takes, in the 13th century St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, the Benedictine Priory, Tyntes Castle, Myrtle Grove the one time home of Sir Walter Raleigh and the Youghal Clock Gate Tower dating back to 1777. These historical treasures are locked within the confines of the old town walls which date back to Norman invasions of the 1400’s and are among the best preserved in Europe.
On our doorstep there is the attraction of seven miles of safe, sandy beaches which lie on the verge of the Atlantic Ocean. With this facility comes the opportunity for swimming, wind surfing, canoeing and many more water activities.
The centre of the town offers an idyllic location for shopping and entertainment with local pubs, bars, boutiques, cafes, craft shops and pottery workshops in the area to visit.