Late night Grotto visits

The Lourdes authorities have ruled that for the 2017 pilgrimage season all gates to the Sanctuary, including the zigzag path, will be locked from midnight until early morning, except for the admission of medical staff on an emergency call to the Accueil Notre Dame.


As this would cause disappointment to groups who wish to visit the Grotto in the peaceful atmosphere late at night they have agreed to make access possible provided the following conditions are met.


We have to notify their planning office with the date of each late night group visit, the number of pilgrims expected in each group and the approximate time the group will enter the Sanctuary. A group will have to be in the Sanctuary before the gates are locked at midnight and St Joseph’s gate only will have a security guard to let pilgrims out between 00.00 and 01.00am. All pilgrims must have exited by 01.00am and must wear their pilgrimage name badges during visits, otherwise security guards will ask them to leave.


This concession applies only to groups who have booked in advance. Individual visitors will be asked to leave at midnight.


If a group intends to make a late night visit to the Grotto please let the Pilgrimage Office know well in advance of the pilgrimage so that we can notify the relevant authorities.

2017 Brochure

We are pleased to advise you that the Brochure and Booking Form for the 2017 pilgrimage are now available for download. Early booking is advised!

Medical team

We would be pleased to hear from any doctors or nurses who would like to join the pilgrimage medical team. For more information please contact Fr David Long, the Pilgrimage Director, through this address or on 0151 638 1520.

Thank you

Over 700 pilgrims have returned from a wonderful week in Lourdes. A huge thank you goes to all volunteers, especially the many young people who worked so tirelessly and enthusiastically in the service of our VIP pilgrims, the doctors and nurses, group and team leaders and all those involved in the organisation of the pilgrimage.

We thank the priests and deacons, particularly Canon Michael Gannon VG who led the pilgrimage while Bishop Mark was in Poland at the World Youth gathering, and Fr David Long in his first year as our new Pilgrimage Director.

The dates for the 2017 pilgrimage are shown on the home page of this website. We look forward to greeting many of you again. If you have never been to Lourdes you will be very welcome to join us.