We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Market Street, Galway, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 91 564 648

The largest medieval church in Ireland is surrounded by narrow, winding...

The largest medieval church in Ireland is surrounded by narrow, winding streets and a bustling marketplace.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 388 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 160
  • 106
    Very good
  • 27
  • 3
  • 1
Fascinating blend of religious designs

This is a strange church at first. We had a walking tour and our guide was great. There was traditional Catholic, some Orthodox and some very classic roman styles in this... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Manchester, New Hampshire
Add Photo Write a Review

388 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 297: English reviews
Manchester, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a strange church at first. We had a walking tour and our guide was great. There was traditional Catholic, some Orthodox and some very classic roman styles in this building. We enjoyed the tour and recommend the trip, they only ask for a donation at the door.

Thank KDobens
Galway, Ireland
Level Contributor
17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

steeped in history and a restful place; in the middle of a busy city and yet so calm and peaceful; a real soul space

Thank richard930
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Level Contributor
133 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

In the center of the old town. The oldest church. Interesting, must spend a few minutes here at least.

Thank snorringBommel
Claremorris, Mayo, Ireland
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see,full of historical facts,local quires perform there and coral society have concerts located at centre of the City.

Thank Colombo M
San Jose
Level Contributor
409 reviews
315 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited Galway and found this church right off the main street, walked in and found this is a very cozy church. The staff is friendly and it has a very welcoming look and feel. If you need a moment of quietness or if you would like a place to pray, this is a great place to go.

Thank Geminican
Level Contributor
31 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This church is easy to find in downtown Galway and is open long hours every day. It's a donation-based site, so contribute what you can so it can be kept open to the public. They had nice brochures inside giving a history of the church and directing you to all the major points of interest inside. It's a beautiful building... More 

Thank Lauren K
Greenville, South Carolina
Level Contributor
173 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In any town, it's worth a visit to a few local churches. St. Nicholas is worth a look, and a few minutes of reflection. It's claim to fame is that Christoper Columbus was here once. I rather enjoyed seeing that this is still a neighborhood parish, we witnessed a baptism, and not a museum.

Thank TumbleweedSmith
Level Contributor
53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister and I spent about 20 minutes inside exploring. The church is just beautiful and holds so many stained glass windows, statues and even has an original door used by the Monks, I am assuming. Very historic place, tranquil and gorgeous!!

Thank Tricia824
East Meadow, New York
Level Contributor
53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

It is said (by the plaque) that Christopher Columbus worshiped here. Very beautiful and very old. A wonderful sounding organ someone just happen to be playing when we visited.

Thank Juan S
Athlone, Ireland
Level Contributor
69 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Take a quiet break from shopping to visit St. Nicholas' Church. An ancient beauty in the centre of Galway. Beautiful architecture, fabulous old style stained glass, wall hangings recalling the Tribes of Galway. You are quite likely to encounter the choir in rehearsal, especially at the weekend. Bonus on Saturday- very good Market outside the railings - everything from ethnic... More 

Thank denis_cunnigham

Travellers who viewed St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church also viewed

Galway, County Galway
Galway, County Galway

Been to St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?