Our Town

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.

We have a great selection of water sports - Day trips cruising up the Blackwater.

Youghal has its own Leisure Centre. Located by the main beach the Aura Youghal Leisure Centre has something for everyone, whether you want to get fit, lose weight or de-stress. You can work out in the gym or take one of their many fitness classes, or maybe you want to bring the kids for a swim or simply relax in the Health Suite Area, the choice is yours. You donít have to be a member you can just pay as you go !

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.

Visitor Centre
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.


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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 has some excellent festivals throughout the year. Check with the local tourist office or give us a call.

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