Here is a short list of our most frequently asked questions.

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What are the opening times for Knock Shrine?

All Knock Shrine Mass Offices OPEN DAILY 

Extended opening hours during the National Novena 14th- 22nd August:
Jan- August: 9am-6pm daily August 9am- 7:30pm
Open Daily: 9.00 am-8.30 pm & 9.30pm-11.00pm

Extended opening hours for the National Novena
9am-6pm Daily
14th- 22nd August: 9am-8.30pm & 8.30pm- 11.pm

Knock Museum OPEN DAILY
9.00 am-6.00 pm

Café Le Chéile OPEN DAILY
Extended opening hours for the National Novena
10am-6pm 14th- 22nd August: 10am-7pm

St. Johns Rest & Day Care Centre OPEN DAILY

Youth Ministry/The HUB OPEN DAILY
Winter Monday – Friday: 10am-5pm Summer Wednesday – Sunday 10am-5pm
Prayer Guidance Centre (Seasonal)

Open during the pilgrimage season
(Last Sunday in April until the Second Sunday in October)
Daily: 11am- 9pm Monday: 11am-1pm / 1pm-3:15pm Winter: Closed

Parish Church & Apparition Chapel (Shrine) OPEN DAILY
Pilgrimage Season: 7am- 9pm Winter Season: 8am- 9pm

Knock Basilica


Pilgrimage Season: Open Daily 8am – 9pm

4th- 22nd August: 8am- 11pm

Winter: Closed


Blessed Sacrament Chapel OPEN DAILY
Extended opening hours for the National Novena
Open Daily: 11am – 6pm

Knock Counselling Centre OPEN DAILY

9.30am – 5.30pm    Confessional

Pilgrimage Season Times

Daily: 11am – 5pm

Winter Season Times

Daily: 11am – 4pmExposition of the Blessed Sacrament Daily: 11am-4pm (Winter Only)


How can I find out about Mass and Confession times at Knock?

Mass & Confession Times


Mass Times




Eve of Sundays & Holydays     7.30pm in the Parish Church
8.00am       Parish Church

9.00am         Parish Church

10.30am       Basilica

12 Noon       Basilica

3.00pm         Basilica

7.30pm         Basilica


9.00am         Parish Church

11.00               Blessed Sacrament Chapel

12 Noon         Parish Church

3.00pm           Basilica

7.30pm           Parish Church


AUTUMN – WINTER MASS TIMES                  VALID FROM OCTOBER 13 2014 – APRIL 26 2015


Eve of Sundays & Holydays     7.30pm in the Parish Church


9.00am         Parish Church

10.30am       Basilica

12 Noon       Basilica

3.00pm         Basilica



9.00am         Parish Church

11.00            Blessed Sacrament Chapel

12 Noon         Parish Church

3.00pm           Basilica

7.30pm           Parish Church



How can I find out about getting to and from Knock?

Irish National Journey Planner

The new Journey Planner from Transport for Ireland lets you see all of the public transport options and plan your journey times more accurately. The Planner covers bus, rail, tram, taxis, ferries and walking – 120 operators in total – with fully mapped-out route information, printable timetables and details of overall journey times.
For help making your way to Knock Shrine please visit: www.transportforireland.ie

Additional transport Information

By Air
Ireland West Airport Knock 12 miles/20 Km from Knock) with scheduled services from Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted and Manchester. Additional seasonal flights available: www.irelandwestairport.com

By Car
Knock is 140 miles/220 Km from Dublin and 45 miles/70 Km from Galway. It is located on the N17 road, midway between Galway and Sligo.
Main Car Park GPS Co-Ordinates:
N: 53.79391 W: 008.91387
Car Hire available from Knock Airport or log on to www.auto-reservation-plus.com

By Bus
Bus services are available from all major towns and cities. All bus stops in Knock are within a short walking distance of the Shrine Grounds. For full information including timetables visit  Bus Eireann.
The Services which travel through Knock are:
No. 21 Dublin – Athlone Westport
No. 52 Galway – Castlebar – Westport – Ballina
No. 64 Galway – Ireland West Airport Knock – Sligo – Derry

These services stop at either Main Street or the Ballyhaunis Road.
Special discount fares are available if tickets are booked online, visit www.buseireann.ie.

By Train
The nearest railway station is Claremorris (7miles/11 km), which is on the Dublin Heuston – Westport Line. For full information including timetables visit Irish Rail.
Special discount fares are available if tickets are booked online, visit www.irishrail.ie .
A return Shuttle Service runs from Claremorris Train Station to Knock during the pilgrimage season, please contact Knock Shrine Office for details (094) 9388100.


Where do I get Holy water?

There is 18 outdoor Holy Water Fonts located in front of the Apparition Chapel. Pilgrims are welcome to bring their own containers to fill. Alternatively, Holy Water Bottles can be purchased from the Knock Shrine Bookshop or from any of the retailers in the village.
Please see our MAP OF GROUNDS for location of Holy Water Fonts

Where can I purchase Knock Shrine Friends Association Cards?

There are two Mass Card Offices at Knock Shrine where you can enrol a loved-one in the Knock Shrine Friends Association. Once enrolled, members share in two Masses offered each day at Knock Shrine. Cards can also be purchased online. Please see the Shop section of this website.

We can now accept payment over the phone and are happy to mail cards out to you.
For further information, please contact the Knock Shrine Office on +353 94 93 88100

Are there public toilets onsite?

Yes. There are public toilets located within the Shrine Grounds with Wheelchair Access and Baby Changing Facilities.

Please see our MAP OF GROUNDS for location of Toilets

Is there a Café/ Restaurant onsite?

Yes, Café Le Chéile, Member of the Restaurants Association, is open daily from 10am-6pm and also offers extended opening times during the annual Novena to Our Lady of Knock from 14-22 August. Café Le Chéile is located beside Knock Museum and offers a range of fresh food with daily special and delicious home baking. Booking is advised during busy period from June-August.
Please phone Café Le Chéile for more information:
(094) 93 75350 or Email: cafelecheile@knock-shrine.ie

I am visiting with an individual/s with mobility needs, are there services available to help them get around?

Yes. Knock Shrine has excellent services available for those with mobility needs. There is a Shuttle Bus running daily during the pilgrimage season from April – October and from Thursday- Sunday during the winter months.

There are public toilets located around the Shrine grounds with wheelchair access and baby changing facilities.

St. John’s Rest & Day Care Centre is available for visiting pilgrims. There is an Emergency Medical Technician on duty and a local doctor is also available. For pilgrims that feel unwell or need to rest, our centre has a first aid room and suitable facilities for pilgrims to use.

Any pilgrim, wishing to hire a wheelchair, can book in advance or request on the day, the use of a wheelchair from our centre, during our opening hours: 10 to 5pm approx. It is best to book a wheelchair in advance, so as to ensure its availability, at the time of your arrival in Knock. Our wheelchair hire is convenient, with wheelchair parking right outside our centre.

St. John’s Rest & Day Care Centre Opening Times
Peak season (April to October) – open 10am to 5pm approx. seven days per week

Off-peak season (Nov to March) – open 10am to 5pm approx. Mon to Fri.

I am visiting with a group, do we need to book prior to our visit?

In order to have a fulfilling and engaging experience in Knock, it is recommended that groups avail of the excellent services available for groups, such as a Guided Tour of Knock Shrine Grounds, a tour of the Award-Winning Knock Museum (Audio Guides available in seven languages), or watch ‘The Story of Knock’ in the Audio Visual Centre at Knock Shrine.
Groups are also catered for at Café Le Chéile and Knock House Hotel, which offer comfortable surroundings, excellent menus and welcoming, friendly staff.
Group menus are available upon request.

Guided Tours                       Tel: (094) 93 88100         guidedtours@knock-shrine.ie
Knock Museum                   Tel: (094) 93 75034         museum@knock-shrine.ie
Café Le Chéile                      Tel: (094) 93 75350          cafelecheile@knock-shrine.ie
Knock House Hotel            Tel: (094) 93 88088          info@knockhousehotel.ie

I am visiting with a group, how can I book a private Mass at Knock Shrine?

Group who are travelling with a priest can book a private Mass at Knock Shrine. Priests celebrating Mass must present a celebrat card. Please contact the Shrine office for further information or to book.

Tel: (094) 93 88100          Email: info@knock-shrine.ie

Can I purchase books and souvenirs online?

Yes. You can purchase a wide range of souvenirs and books from the Knock Shrine Bookshop
Please visit the Bookshop section of this site www.knockshrine.ie/shop 

I would like to visit Knock Museum, how can I get more information?

The staff at Knock Museum would be delighted to assist you in planning your visit. Please visit the Museum section of the website.

What are the main pilgrimages of the year?

If you would like to find out more about upcoming events and pilgrimages, please visit the Calendar section of this site where you can see the full calendar year events. Alternatively, please download the Pilgrimage List 2015

I would like to organise a pilgrimage from my Parish, how can I find out about this?

The Staff at Knock Shrine will be delighted to assist pilgrimage organisers and promoters in arranging and planning their pilgrimages. New groups are always welcome and will be given full assistance in putting their plans together. Please contact the Knock Shrine Office for further information.

Knock Shrine Office,
Co. Mayo
T: 094-9388100
E: info@knock-shrine.ie

When does the Annual Knock Novena take place?

The Novena to Our Lady of Knock takes place from the 14-22 (inclusive) every year. There are two ceremonies daily at 3pm and 8.30pm as well as daily workshops and seminars with a range of guest speakers.

How can I find out about the Marriage Introductions service?

Please contact
Knock Marriage Introductions,
Co. Mayo
T: (094) 93 75960
E: info@knockmarraigeintroductions.com
W: www.knockmarraigeintroductions.com

I would like to bring a school group on retreat to Knock, how can I find out about this?

Knock Youth Ministry can cater for Primary schools, (Communion and Confirmation classes), Secondary Schools & Third-level colleges. Over-nights- Over-night retreats can also be accommodated

For any further information or to book a retreat please contact Knock Youth Ministry
T: 094-93 88100
M: 087 6927850
Email: knockyouthministry@yahoo.ie

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I would like to volunteer for Knock shrine Society, how do I apply?

Please contact:

Honorary Secretary
Ms. Mary Neary,
St. Brigid’s,
Co. Mayo.
Telephone: (094) 9388110


Chief Steward
Mr. Tom Neary,
Co. Mayo.
Telephone: (094) 9371619

How do I find out about job vacancies at Knock Shrine?

Please visit the Job Vacancies section of this site to find out about employment opportunities at Knock Shrine

How can I make a donation to Knock Shrine?

Knock Shrine depends upon the generosity of our Friends, Parishioners and Patrons. It is through your generous donations that we hope to preserve this special Shrine for future generations of pilgrims. If you would like to make an online donation, please visit the Donations section of this site where you can choose to give a one-off donation or set up a regular gift.

How can I place a petition to Knock Shrine?

Pilgrims visiting Knock can place a petition in any of the petition boxes located around in any of the Churches in the Shrine. Petitions can also be submitted online by visiting the Place a Petition section of the site.

How can I find out about booking an appointment for Counselling at Knock Shrine?

To make an appointment please contact Knock Counselling Centre

Knock Counselling Service
Knock Shrine
Co. Mayo
T: 094 – 9375032
E: counselling@knock-shrine.ie

Knock Counselling Centre – Opening Times
Pilgrimage Season Times

Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm – Counselling Sessions by Appointment only

Drop-In Listening Service Times
November – April: Thursdays 11am – 3pm
May – October: Thursdays 10am – 5pm
Also available on Saturdays & Sundays from 11am-5am
(Additional appointments also available)

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