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Planning a short break to Knock? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Knock. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Knock. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Echoes

The restaurant is housed in a big lilac two-story building in the center of the town. It features a lovely ambience of relaxation and friendliness. It is the perfect place to enjoy a variety of continental cuisine and serves a delicious selection of classics such as lamb served with a tasty rosemary sauce and steak with peppercorns.

Specialties include dishes such as scallops served with bacon and topped with garlic butter and prawn scampi served with a delicious tomato and basil sauce.

The restaurant is open daily from 6:30pm - 10pm. Reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting the restaurant on Tel: 092/46059.

The Quay Cottage

The restaurant is located on the quay and overlooks the Westport Harbour. This is the best restaurant for fresh and delicious seafood. Their specialities include dishes such as lemon sole beurre blanc, delicious wild local salmon. They also offer a large succulent steak dish, served with the sauce of your choice. After indulging in a delicious meal, visitors can enjoy a relaxing stroll along the waterside. The restaurant is open daily from 6pm - 10pm. Reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting the restaurant on Tel: 098/26412.

Westport House

The house was built during the 18th century and is home to Lord Altamont and his family. It features s gorgeous staircase made of ornate white Sicilian marble. On display are precious items such as strange art, glass and carvings, as well as family heirlooms and beautiful silverware. Entertainment available for the kiddies is a small petting zoo and a bird park.

The house is open for public viewing daily from 2pm - 5 pm. Admission cost for the bird park, house and zoo is $18 for Adults, $13 for Students, $10.35 for Seniors and $7.50 for Children.

For more information visit www.westporthouse.ie/

Knock Folk Museum

The museum was opened in May 1987 and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions throughout the whole of Ireland. The aim of the museum is to portray the life of the Irish throughout the 19th century. The museum contains a collection of more than 2000 items on display, ranging form items such as photographs, a penny farthing bicycle, prams and a pony and a trap. Also on display is a range of tools which were used by the local blacksmith.

The museum is open daily from 9am - 5pm.

National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock

The shrine has become one of the greatest of its kind in the world and attracts a total of 1,500,000 visitors a year. It is particularly well known because of the visit made by Pope John Paul II in 1979. The site also contains the Chapel of Reconciliation, a seating area which can hold up to 7000 people and a folk museum. The museum contains artifacts and furnishings from almost every country in Ireland. There is also a religious bookstore available on the site.

The shrine grounds is open from 8am - 6pm and the museum is open daily from 10am - 6pm. Admission cost to the shrine site is free. Museum admission cost is $2.90 for Adults and $1.50 for Seniors and children over 5.

Culloden Hotel

The hotel is located on Bangor road, Holywood. The hotel is surrounded by an ambience of natural beauty, due to the hills that surround it. It was originally built as a bishop's palace and later reconstructed into a gorgeous 5 star hotel. The hotel is equipped with a large swimming pool, a sunbed and a Jacuzzi, a fully equipped gym, Spa facilities, a restaurant and a lounge with a lovely bar area.

All the rooms are equipped with an ensuite bedroom. Facilities which are available include a colour satellite TV, air-conditioning, a direct dial telephone and a safety deposit box. For more information visit www.activehotels.com/ and choose the featured hotel.

Marine Court Hotel

The hotel is located on the beachfront of Bangor and offers splendid views over the Bangor Marina. Not only is it an absolutely stunning hotel, but it is also home to the Lord Nelson's Bistro and the Oceanis Health & Fitness Club. The hotel features a lovely indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a lovely restaurant, a lounge with a bar area and beautiful sea facing rooms.

The rooms are equipped with direct dial telephones, satellite TV, a hospitality tray, air-conditioning and many other luxuries.

Granuaile Centre

The museum is located in Louisburgh. It features a great selection of audiovisual displays and graphic exhibits which are dedicated to Irelands great female hero Granuaile O'Malley who died in 1600. Granuaile was known as the pirate queen that led battles against the English. Her battles and victories are recounted in the Elizabethan state papers. The museum also features a craft shop and a lovely coffee shop.

The museum is open from June - September, daily from 10am - 6pm. Admission cost is $4.60 for Adults, $2.30 for Seniors and Students and $1.85 for Children.

The Continental Cafe

The cafe is located on High street. It offers a delicious selection of Vegetarian cuisine. Here visitors can indulge in dishes such as salads made of fresh greens and crunchy vegetables served with a delicious pita sandwich. Their specialities include dishes such as pasta casseroles, quiche heavy which is served with sharp cheddar and deliciously stuffed baked potatoes.

The cafe is open daily from 12pm - 7pm. Reservations are not required.

Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre

The centre is located off the Foxford-Ballina road. It was founded in 1892 by a local nun, its main aim being a working opportunity for the local folk during the time of the Irish famine.

The centre features a wonderful multimedia display presentation which explains the local industry which consisted of making blankets, rugs and tweeds. The site also features a lovely restaurant, a heritage room, an art gallery and a craft shop.

The centre is open Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm and Sun from 12pm - 6pm. Admission cost is $9.20 for Adults and $6.90 for Seniors and Students. Admission for children is free.

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