Connect with 700 years of time & stories...

Youghal Clock Gate Tower was built in 1777 as a gaol, but its story spans seven hundred years of history. This iconic building is now not a grim prison, but a place to explore tales from its fascinating past. Against period backdrops, the storytellers, clad in “Time Costume” will bring you through the surprising life and times of this distinctive site and the many varied characters associated with it throughout the years.

Youghal Co. Cork is a walled seaport town and one of the best-preserved examples of a 13th-century town in Europe. Youghal Clock Gate Tower occupies the former site of Trinity Castle, one of the five principal fortifications of the late 14th/15th century Walled Town. The large commanding structure of Trinity Castle, straddling the main thoroughfare and dividing it into North and South Main Street, was replaced in 1777 by the present-day Clock Gate Tower, having fallen into disrepair.

Today at Youghal Clock Gate Tower you are invited to journey with storytellers through 600 years of “Time”. Youghal Clock Gate Tower holds many stories. The storytellers, clad in “Time Costume” engage you in stories of life as lived in the Tower in bygone eras. These are stories of pain, tragedy and rebellion, but also stories of love, friendship and generosity.

At the Tower, you will hear the sounds, feel the atmosphere and even meet a former Youghal Clock Gate Tower resident. All of this, under the watchful gaze of the ever-present ticking Clock. See for yourself how the clock works and hear it in action. Spend moving time talking intimatley with John McGrath whose family were clock-keepers in Youghal for generations.

A visit to Youghal Clock Gate is a truly memorable experience.

  • The story of “Time”
  • 700 years of history
  • Stories of pain, tragedy and rebellion
  • Stories of love, friendship and generosity
  • All under the watchful eye of the historic Clock


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Useful Information

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DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Youghal Clock Gate is located on Youghal’s Main Street and is in close proximity to many fine cafes, restaurants and bars.

SHOPPING: Youghal Clock Gate is located on Youghal’s Main Street and gift shopping is available nearby

PARKING: Street car parking in Youghal is metered. However, Youghal also has 4 FREE car parks in the town, the nearest to Youghal Clock Gate is at Nealon’s Quay adjacent to Youghal Tourist Office. Free coach parking is available in Market Square, adjacent to Booking Office, approx 100 metres from Youghal Clock Gate Tower.

ACCESSIBILITY: Youghal Clock Gate Tower has many steps and stairs and is not suitable for visitors who have mobility, heart problems or shortness of breath on exertion issues.

GROUPS: Group rates available (minimum 10 people and maximum 20 per tour). Pre-booking required.

Getting There

Located 50kms from Cork City on N25 and 80kms from Waterford City on N25. Youghal Clock Gate Tower is located in the centre of Youghal town.

Map Location: 51.952759, -7.846767
Contact Youghal Clock Gate Tower

Main Street, Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland

Eircode: P36 K662
T: +353 (0)24 20769
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