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St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church

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Address: Market Street, Galway, Ireland
Phone Number: 353 91-564648
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The largest medieval church in Ireland is surrounded by narrow, winding...

The largest medieval church in Ireland is surrounded by narrow, winding streets and a bustling marketplace.

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Poorer Cousin?

Popped in for a visit and on first impression this church seems like a 'poorer cousin' when compared to the Cathedral but don't be fooled. Grab a visitor booklet and follow the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

St. Nicholas’ Church is old and big and beautiful, and sits right in the middle of the medieval centre of Galway city. It is the largest medieval parish church in Ireland in continuous use as a place of worship at the heart of Galway's life. A tour through the Church will allow you to glimpse the part of its rich... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Popped in for a visit and on first impression this church seems like a 'poorer cousin' when compared to the Cathedral but don't be fooled. Grab a visitor booklet and follow the interest points around the site just to see how rich in history this church is. Please lease a donation, no government funding is provided for this church. All... More 

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Warren, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church dates back to 1320, and it is in remarkable condition considering that under Cromwell's rule, the nave was used to stable horses. Like other Irish churches, this one has memorial markers on the walls that are fascinating to study. Legend has it that Christopher Columbus followed the coast up as far as Galway before crossing the... More 

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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

one of the oldest churches anywhere in Ireland it is a must do visit no matter what denomination you are!! ancient church furniture, lovely windows and a special connection with the connaugh rangers.

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Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Right next to the city market it's as if the Lord himself squeezed this church into place. Currently under some repairs, I was amazed by all the architectural details and beauty! Hard to miss!

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this church just off the main street area of Galway and had a nice walk around. Perhaps we were there a bit early, as it wasn't open yet. It's not too overwhelming. You could probably see it all within 15 minutes. The views outside are very nice as well.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is a very old church which is very centrally located in Galway city. It is well worth a visit which will not take much time.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wanted to go inside to have a look at the stained glass windows, one of which commemorated John F. Kennedy's 1963 visit. I arrived well before their scheduled closing, & yet all the doors were locked. I knocked to no avail. Apparently, they're not fond of lapsed Catholics at this establishment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful little church in the old part of Galway. Alleged ties to the Knight's Templars. Christopher Columbus supposedly prayed here once before his little trip to the America's. Wonderful stained glass.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this ancient wonderful church is in the middle of Galway, and has wonderful old architecture and atmosphere. It also has a great choir, and if you are a churchgoer, I recommend the Sunday Sung Eucharist service to hear the choir - a beautiful experience with the singing bringing the church to life. After the service, i went to the Sunday... More 

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