St Fin Barre's Cathedral
St Fin Barre's Cathedral
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
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A stately 19th-century cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of Cork.
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babykong
London, UK513 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
Gorgeous Gothic style Cathedral; beautifully ornate inside and out.

Personally I felt the €7 entrance fee was reasonable - as there’s plenty to see, and the staff are wonderfully helpful and informative.

There’s also a cute little gift shop with some great souvenirs.
Written 1 June 2023
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Judith H
Chandler, AZ102 contributions
Mar 2023
I'm not religious, but I love gothic architecture, and St. Fin Barre has it in spades. The workmanship and details in this building are phenomenal.

I was intrigued by some of the stained glass. I wasn't expecting to see rainbow Jesus smoking a sword while standing on an octopus, but there it was. Also, the dragons in a meteor shower.

The mosaic on the floor by the altar is gorgeous. I also loved the Bishop's chair, 46 feet of gothic embellishment. I could have spent all day there, finding details to love.

Outside, there is a labyrinth for meditation, so we walked around it and took in the beauty of the cathedral, the graveyard, and the ever present Irish rain. It's a peaceful place, and well worth a visit.
Written 10 April 2023
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PandFB
Wirral, UK380 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
I would say that the Cathedral is a must if you want to be sure that you have sampled all the history that Cork has to offer. There is a guide supplied with the entrance fee and there were a couple of guides walking around the Cathedral to answer any questions. My only criticism would be the size of the entrance fee. We saw a family who clearly felt that the size of the fee wasn’t worth it and they turned away. I think that is a shame and to an extent the Cathedral is missing a trick as a lower fee would probably encourage more people to pay to enter. As we left we noticed other groups in the doorway who were clearly debating whether the fee would be worth it.
Written 10 April 2023
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eva-diva1029
Marysville, California105 contributions
Oct 2022
This is a must stop!! The staff were so friendly and informative. The time they spent pointing out all of the little hidden nuances by the architect was amazing. The history and craftsmanship in this building alone were worth the entire trip to Ireland!
Written 8 February 2023
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Stephen K
Winter Park, FL4,299 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Nice visit for a rainy day. This Church of Ireland (Anglican) cathedral is pretty and worth a visit especially if it’s raining out. It’s compact & easy to visit. It’s 6€ per person. Check out the labyrinth in the yard.
Written 22 November 2022
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Fran C
Fleet, UK669 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
Popped in here to get out of the rain €6 I think I paid got a leaflet to guide me.

Not the biggest cathedral but interesting to walk through Reading as I went.

Stained glass is always my favourite. Staff helpful and readily available.

No cafe or toilets there is one nearby but I couldn't find it.
Written 25 October 2022
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MP
11 contributions
Sep 2022
Many thanks to Michael who gave us an impromptu tour. The current cathedral was designed and built in French Gothic style by William Burgess, and the stained glass windows alone are worth the visit. The stained glass was crafted according to medieval technique - the first 4 windows made by French artisans, who then taught local artisans, so the bulk of the 70 windows were Irish crafted. Saint Fin Barre founded a monastery at this site in the 7th century, and further settlement around the monastery grew into the city of Cork. This is still a place of worship so time your visit accordingly (or attend choral evensong on Fridays (not during summer) to hear the beautifully restored organ and the current choir).
Written 22 September 2022
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Lisa W
United States54 contributions
Sep 2022
A beautiful piece of Cork's history with a shockingly large pipe organ (for those who can appreciate it!). The docents were clearly committed to the enthusiastic sharing of the cathedral's many interesting facts and the preservation of its history. Our family enjoyed this thoroughly and it's reasonable to see it carefully and thoughtfully in just an hour.
Written 18 September 2022
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Tobique
Pooler, GA579 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
This cathedral is impressive both inside and out. The stained glass windows are lovely, but the total effect of the ceiling, windows, mosaic floors and altar are fabulous. It is the most beautiful cathedral we saw in Ireland.
Written 17 September 2022
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1234texas
Seabrook, TX2,418 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
This is a very attractive little (in relative terms) cathedral that dominates the "skyline" of Cork. There are no surprises here--it looks very much like every other Gothic cathedral inside and out, but I love them all!
There is always a story here of the time, effort, cost and pain of building and maintaining such a magnificent house of God that was/is the pride of a city.
Your visit here does much to honor the thousands of nameless men and women that performed a grueling labor of love to do their part to create a masterpiece. Just thinking about what they accomplished and what they gave up is a religious experience. It sends chills down your spine!
Just a few thoughts you may want to remember when you visit your next cathedral.
Written 6 September 2022
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