St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway

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Religious Site 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. Use our Galway family vacation planner to arrange your visit to St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church and other attractions in Galway.
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  • We were just walking by when we decided to pop into St. Nicholas church. They do ask for a minimum donation, but had a narrator who gave us a very informative overview of the church and the history ar...  more »
  • Much older than the Cathedral of the same name... and richer old stones, but not too beautiful stained glass! The different stages of construction result in a final plan for the least original.
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  • Historic and beautiful...an architectural gem smack dab in the middle of the Galway action! A must see while in Galway...or should I say a can't miss!  more »
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  • I adore how they have the cathedral renovated. Started with rearranged the seating layout giving the whole interior a greater spaciousness. Keeping the old things while replacing new ones where needed.
  • This church is gorgeous. Definitely worth your time, and free of course. Butttt the real draw is the Galway market. It's a blast and right out front! Bring home some local art. Grab some bread. Check out the cheese. Fruit and veg. You'll love it. And if you find the Pagan Stall ran by Ted and Tina tell them Mia sent you and buy a candle! They make them out of their thatch roof home in Barna. Kindest people ever and great story tellers!
  • Saw this beautiful church on trip advisor and so glad we did!! So beautiful!!
  • A must see when visiting Galway. You'll feel transported to the middle age when you step in.
  • My experience here was very specific, not just as a tourist - they hosted a performance of our boy choir, along with a local choral group. We had a lovely joint performance. What I should note as part of a review, in case you wish to perform or attend a performance there, is that the acoustics are fantastic! It sounded like we had twice as many boys there as we did. Those hosting the event were very friendly and supportive, we would definitely be happy to perform there again.

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