St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway

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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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  • You should have enough time to explore each space, so to walk through the history of Ireland. Is a place different and unique
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  • Old, big and beautiful, St Nicholas' church was built when Galway was a very small, new town. The church was finished by 1320 but one wall incorporates part of an earlier church on the same spot.  more »
  • Visit because in the Center: the pretty golden icons are worth visiting, and the visit is done quietly in a ten minute
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  • A place of worship for many Christian communities. The church still stands tall after more than 800 years. It is located at the end of the busiest street in Galway City, on the right hand side as you are going from Eyre Square to the Spanish Arch.
  • 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.
  • Kind of interesting. Some intriguing pictures and plaques and the like. Not one of the best churches I've been in. Decent architecture.
  • One of many churches in Ireland. Definitely historic and work 5 or 10 minutes for a look around.
  • It's a church. It's pretty. Check it out if you have time in Galway. Located right next to the city market. Hard to miss if you're looking for it. One of the oldest churches in Ireland. Quite a lot of history to explore inside. Can book a tour and go visit with a guide, or just go on your own. No admission fee though there is a suggested donation. Grab a leaflet and just walk around, that's the best option.