St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway

Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Established in 1320, St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church represents one of the best-preserved medieval churches of its kind in Ireland. The church was raised to the status of collegiate church in 1485, and there are even legends of Christopher Columbus worshipping here in 1477. Visit the site to admire the architecture and decor, and learn about its abundant history from the numerous informational plaques throughout the site. Check ahead for any events during your visit; concerts are held here fairly regularly. Arrange to visit St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church and other attractions in Galway using our Galway trip itinerary planning website.
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  • Nice church to pop in and visit -- especially to get out of the rain! It also looks quite impressive from the outside, really adds to the charm of the city.  more »
  • This is right off of Market Street in the heart of Galway. Columbus worshiped here, it's loaded with history, beautiful and we were greeted by friendly, informative parishioners during their annual...  more »
  • Located just round the corner of Tig Coili, down Market Street is this wonderful church. Founded in 1320 (!) and dedicated to the patron saint of seafarers and visited by Christopher Columbus in...  more »
  • Beautiful cathedral dating back to 13th century. Right in heart of city and in middle of Saturday market! Often has concerts ... acoustics fabulous. Well worth a visit.
  • One of Galway city's oldest churches, built on the foundations of an older church c.1320; the inside is beautifully ornate with loads of history written on plaques and there is even a Celtic cross remembering the deaths of Anglo Irish and English soldiers during the Colonial wars. There are full size Coptic Christian motifs as well in good condition and overall well worth a visit.
  • Beautiful church and its congregation are always friendly. We're not religious but love popping in occasionally to enjoy the quiet and its amazing history
  • A beautiful churh with so much history. If I recall the organ is at least 100 years old. Beautiful windows and wood accents.
  • Beautiful church. easy access. well-kept. Lit a candle for the St. Nicholas who looked after me.

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