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Excellent tour

Visited last week. Guides are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the history of the church... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2018
Margaret N
Kilkenny, Ireland
Worth a visit for the terrific historical tour

I visited this church by chance last summer (2017) with my sisters and was so impressed by the tour... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2018
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Saint Mary's Church Main Street, Gowran, Ireland
+353 56 772 6894
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Reviewed 26 August 2018

Visited last week. Guides are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the history of the church and area. Beautiful stained glass windows, one of which is dedicated to a local casualty of WW1. Really worth a visit. Tour is free.

1  Thank Margaret N
Reviewed 18 August 2018

I visited this church by chance last summer (2017) with my sisters and was so impressed by the tour of the church that I returned with 2 friends last week in the hope of another wonderful, informative tour. We weren't disappointed. A different guide this...More

1  Thank berkiDublin
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

We just wandered into Gowran church and learned so much about its extraordinary historical importance from Jerry.we arrived too near to closing time and would have loved to stay longer. He told us about the close ties between Gowran, the Butlers and the Elizabethan court...More

1  Thank Car0lineBeaum0nt
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

My wife and I were traveling to Cashel when we noticed this church while driving through Gowran. We decided to pull over and take some pictures and soon discovered they were just opening and tours were free. Our guide, Gerry, spent the next hour and...More

1  Thank 390chelseac
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Called in to this site because we were driving passed and what a gem. Spent 2 hours listening to Gerry detail the intricate history of the church and surrounding area, links to England and Europe and wider Irish history. Gerry is prods that people bring...More

1  Thank coleoshea
Reviewed 22 July 2018

A very pleasurable couple of hours of history was related by JERRY to a large group of 24 of us. The OPW has done a marvellous job with this church and to hear the Butler History and connection with Ann Boleyn was really interesting. Where...More

3  Thank Christy_Luv2
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

We were driving through Gowan and saw the church. What a tremendous place for Irish history. Gerry did a wonderful job of putting hundreds of years of history into his tour. This fascinating site is worth the trip.

2  Thank BobW238
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

We were travelling south to visit the beach in Wexford as we passed by that beautiful church. We had to stop and take a closer look. As we were walking around and taking pictures we were asked to get a free tour by Gerry, an...More

2  Thank Janine M
Reviewed 17 June 2018

We stopped at a lovely park in Gowra to eat our lunch when passing through the town. Adjoining the park is ruins so we walked over to have a closer look. Gerry, the curator, gave us a free tour. He has an astounding knowledge of...More

2  Thank Keith C
Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

We drove back through Gowran from the Kilkenny area back to Dublin. We saw this historical church and decided a stop was in order, it was a really interesting place to stop. St Patrick visited this area in the 4th Century. The gardens surrounding the...More

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14 February 2017|
Response from Gerry O |
Hi KailuaGal, Tours are bespoke and tailored to the needs and, indeed, time constraints of individual visitors. Typically allow approximately forty minutes to get a good, high-level, overview of the church's 1,600 year... More