Knock is a village in County Mayo, in the north west of the Republic of Ireland. Most renowned for being the location of the Knock Shrine, the area boasts some of Ireland's most beautiful scenery and many sites of religious interest. A popular pilgrimage, Knock also offers atmospheric walks along stunning cliffs and coastlines and easy access to the attractions of North West Ireland.
Many visitors take flights to Knock NOC airport in County Mayo in order to visit the Holy Shrine. The shrine was developed after an apparition of the Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph and Christ, as the Lamb of God appeared to the congregation of the parish church over 100 years ago in 1879. Set in a glorious garden landscape dotted with churches, it is a centre of prayer and pilgrimage for Roman Catholics, with around 1.5 million pilgrims each year visiting the shrine. Pope John Paul visited in 1979 to celebrate 100 years of the 1879 apparition and it continues to be an important place for both religious and secular visitors.
There is a museum in Knock with exhibitions on many aspects of local history, particularly the shrine and the events that led to its development within the context of the history of the area. Knock itself and the surroundings would be the perfect place to find accommodation if you're on a pilgrimage yourself or a holiday looking at religious sites. While you're in Knock why not visit the wider area west and north west of Ireland? Knock flights put you in an ideal place to explore the region. There's the Ceide fields, the world's oldest field system. the remains of the 13th century Roscommon Abbey,
If you prefer a city break but would still like to see the countryside sights then you might enjoy staying in a hotel in Galway. The third largest city in Ireland, after Dublin and Cork, it's a thriving, vibrant city. There's a good variety of night life, from traditional pubs with good Irish music to quieter evenings out, theatres and night clubs. During the day there are museums, galleries and a huge variety of shops to explore. It's a convenient location to get to all the local tourist attractions.
Those who enjoy more active holidays will enjoy staying near some of the prime walking, climbing and hiking locations. such as Benbulben, a popular climbing destination in the Dartry Mountains. Walkers might also enjoy Glencar Waterfall and Glenveagh National Park.
County Mayo is particularly rich in festivals and other cultural events,especially in the warmer months in the summer. There's an annual Irish music and song festival that celebrates the musical traditions of the area in the spring. Ireland's links with the building and fate of the fated ship, Titanic, is explored in the Mayo Titanic Cultural Week. There are also walking festivals and many more musical festivals. Galway, too, has a huge variety of annual and special festivals and events, from music to literature with something for every taste. Hotels, naturally, are booked up in advance for these popular times of year, so book early if you wish to attend. Compare the price of hotels in Knock and County Mayo using Travelsupermarket`s tool and save money by booking in advance.