The picturesque seaside town of Youghal is located in East Cork and is well worth a visit on your trip to County Cork. In fact it’s often been described as one of the gems of Ireland’s Ancient East as there’s just so much to see and do.

Here are just a few of the fantastic things to do in Youghal:

Youghal Boardwalk

The Youghal boardwalk is renowned as a beautiful place to head for a stroll and take in the panoramic views of the Cork coastline. At 7km the boardwalk is the longest in Ireland, making it a fantastic outdoor amenity for both locals and tourists alike.

Youghal Clock Gate Tower

The Clock Gate Tower in Youghal is a historic monument in the heart of the town. Dating back to 1777 on the site of Trinity Castle, the landmark opened to visitors in 2017. To arrange a visit head to the Youghal Heritage Tours office right next door to the Tower and learn more about its’ fascinating past.

St. Mary’s Collegiate Church

This beautiful church is one of the oldest buildings in Youghal, having being founded in roughly 1220 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. To take a tour of this ancient church, get in touch with “Voices of St. Mary’s Collegiate Church” who organise three different types of tours.

  • Private Guided Tour
  • Self Guided Audio Tour
  • Interactive Information Tour

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Perks Entertainment Centre

On rainy days in Youghal, this entertainment venue is the perfect spot to bring the kids to see the amusements, play games and visit the indoor funfair. There’s also a bowling alley for both adults and kids to enjoy.

Regal Cinema

For another great rainy day activity, a visit to the Regal Cinema will not disappoint. As the name suggests, this cinema has a luxury look and feel to the overall ambience and décor. One of Ireland’s oldest cinema, a visit here is a real treat on your trip to Youghal. Have a glass of wine in their fabulous wine bar, then relax in plush seating while enjoying the latest movie in comfort and style.

See the Ironman

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Youghal during August, the Ironman is a must see event that takes place in the town. Watch over 2,000 athletes take on the ultimate challenge of endurance and strength which includes swimming, cycling and running a half marathon through Youghal.


So there you have it, just a selection of the great things to do on your trip to Youghal.