Youghal (pronounced Yawl or as in "Y'all come to see us now!") is located on the coastline of East County Cork. This historic walled seaport town adjoins a glorious 5km beach. It has been designated by the Irish Tourism Board as an Irish Heritage Port, due to the many historic buildings and monuments within the ancient town walls.
Youghal is a well-established holiday resort. Visitors can choose to spend a leisurely day visiting our potteries, craft shops and various places of interest or a more active day availing of the many amenities offered for sport of all kinds to suit all age groups. Youghal is also an ideal base for touring some of the most wonderful countryside found anywhere in the world.
Sailing, Powerboating, Charter Angling and Cruising are just some of the many water activites that are available for you to try.
Foxes Lane Museum: Just down the street from Leahys this is an intriguing way to spend and hour or two viewing the many artifacts of a bygone ere.
The Visitor Centre, which is open all year round, incorporates the Tourist Office and Heritage Centre.
A visit to the centre is an essential first step to viewing the town itself. The staff will be pleased to answer queries, offer suggestions, and in every way help to make your holiday both pleasant and enjoyable.
In the Heritage Centre, displays of artifacts, images and models illustrate the history of Youghal. Outside, in the town itself, history is evident in the buildings and structures dating back to medieval times. Just a short walk from Leahy's Lee House is The Clock Gate which was built in 1777 on the site of Trinity Castle which was part of the town's fortifications. The old Trinity gate had separated the Base Town from the medieval town proper. The Clock Gate served the town as goal and public gallows until 1837.
Heritage Guided Walking Tours take place daily in season at 11:00 a.m. The tours are even available off-season by arrangement.
The miles and miles of sandy beach are a special attraction, both for swimming and picnicking in the Summer and for those enjoyable and exhilarating long walks in Winter. Youghal boasts two Blue Flags (E.U. Standard of excellence). A section of this beach is supervised by trained lifeguards throughout the Summer.Youghal
Some of the amenities available in and near Youghal are:
- A large variety of Water Sports. Including trips on the Blackwater River.
- Leisure Centre with indoor swimming pools and gym.
- 4 miles of Blue Flag Beaches.
- Excellent shopping
- Heritage Centre
- Perks Family Entertainment Centre
- Excellent beach
- GAA Club, hurling and football
- Golf, Tennis, Pitch and Putt.
- Greyhound racing
- Traditional Irish Pubs
- Foxes Lane Museum
- Fitness Gym
Coach Tours run daily during the summer months(Exc Sunday) visiting such places as Lismore Castle, Mount Melleray Abbey, Fota Wildlife Park, the Michelstown Caves and The Copper Coast Mini Farm.
The Heritage Centre located in Tourist Office is the starting point for a walking tour of the town. You can do it with a map supplied or with a Tour Guide who will tell you the story of Youghal and see the buildings and places that played such an important part in developing our town such as the still standing Townwalls, the home of Sir Walter Raleigh, Myrtle Grove, Tyntes Castle and St. Mary's Collegiate Church.
As you walk around Youghal you will see information signs like the one on the right. These signs provide details of the historical buildings within the immediate vacinity.
Youghal Golf course over looks the town and bay. Its height over sea level affords the course panoramic views of Youghal bay, the River Blackwater and the Knockmealdown Mountains. A visit to the 19th will explain why the club is known as the friendly club. Visitors from home and abroad are made welcome in the new clubhouse which has a magnificent lounge bar were you can enjoy a drink or a snack or a full meal and you will soon forget any wayward shot.
The East Cork - West Waterford Area has a numerous facilities to offer the tourist. Traveling alone, part of a large group or family of small or teenage children the area will keep you entertained.
Youghal and the surrounding area have so much to offer. Only a short distance from the town you can visit the following
The ruins of Molana Abbey on the Blackwater and Ballinatray House (open to the public on selected days).
Glenbower Woods in Killeagh, the lovely villages of Castlemartyr, Garryvoe, and Shannagarry.
Midleton Heritage Centre, Jameson whiskey factory, Barryscourt Castle, the seat of Lord Barrymore, Leahys Open Farm (no relation) but a great place for the kids. Trabolgen Holiday Centre. Bridge Field Buggies (for the teenagers)
Ballymaloe Cookery School, Ballymaloe Restaurant, Stephan Pearse Pottery and Ballycotton Lighthouse all great places to visit.
Cobh with it beautiful St Colemans Catherdral, The Heritage Centre, which tells the story of the Irish Emigrants who set out to seek a new life in North America. Cobh the last port of the Titanic and today visited by Cruise Ships from around the globe.
Foto Wild Life Park.
West Waterford, has the beautiful village of Ardmore and the Cliff Walk by the Round Tower.
Tallow with is Annual Horse Fair on 3rd September.
Tallow is the only parish in Ireland with two enclosed orders, the Carmellites in Tallow town and the Cistercians in Glencairn.
The "Heritage Town" of Lismore, National Tidy Towns winner and beautiful Lismore Castle and Gardens. (Gardens open to the Public). Lismore is well worth a visit.
Mount Melleray Monestary and Cappoquin close by, and a trip to the Vee is a must, especially in June when the Rhododendrons are in bloom.
A drive along the Blackwater and back to Youghal via Dromana, Villerstown and Aglish takes you through the lush farmlands of West Waterford.