St Marys Church, Gowran
Address: Gowran, Co. Kilkenny
Telephone No: +353 56 772 6894 (During open season) + 353 56 772 4623 (During closed season)
6th June - 28th August: Daily 10.30 - 17.00
Wednesday - Sunday inclusive
Last admission 45 minutes before closing.
Average Length of Visit: 45 Minutes
This collegiate church, was built in the late 13th century on the site of an earlier monastery. It was served by a "college" - clerics who lived in a community but who did not submit to the rule of a monastery. They lived in a house, now destroyed, beside the church. The church was a large and elaborate structure, with an aisled nave (the main part of the church where the congregation sat) and a long chancel (the section of the church where the altar was placed) and has high quality architectural sculpture used throughout. In the late middle ages the existing tower was modified, and in the 19th century this tower was incorporated into the parish church which was built in place of the chancel and which now takes up about half of the building. There were also several other changes made to the church at various periods.
Location: In the centre of Gowran town. Follow the R448 from Carlow south towards Thomastown
Bus Route(s): Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 1 8366111
Guided Tours: Regular tours available
Leaflet/Guide book: English
Seasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above
Photography / Video allowed: Yes, but permit required for commercial purposes
Additional Information: Restricted access for visitors with disabilities