St Fin Barre's Cathedral

St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork

St Fin Barre's Cathedral
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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09:30 - 17:30
Monday
09:30 - 17:30
Tuesday
09:30 - 17:30
Wednesday
09:30 - 17:30
Thursday
09:30 - 17:30
Friday
09:30 - 17:30
Saturday
09:30 - 17:30
Sunday
13:00 - 17:30
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A stately 19th-century cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of Cork.
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Andre H
Cape Town, South Africa353 contributions
Apr 2022
This was probably the best Cathedral we visited during our 2 week trip to Ireland. The reason I say this is that the actual outbuildings , the steeple , the interior , huge organ & the ceiling collectively were stunning.

The only reason I rated it down was they close between 1-2pm & we arrived just before 1pm & had to go somewhere else & return. As tourists pressed for time to see as much as we could it was inconvenient to return & as a tourist attraction that charges 6 euros pp it should be open during the day . At least 5 other tourists arrived while we were there & all left as a result.

We still enjoyed the experience & the beauty of the cathedral
Written 6 May 2022
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IrishRover
Pittsburgh, PA2,450 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Simply magnificent. We stopped in an walked the grounds and the beauty inside. Well worth the time to see
Written 6 May 2022
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PhilKateCasey
Cork, Ireland48 contributions
Apr 2022
Beautiful structure - beautiful building - well worth a visit.
There are three spires and when you realise that this building is around since the 7th Century and think of the way buildings were built back then - this is an amazing design.
The building is rich in symbolism. In particular, stands the golden angel holding two trumpets in their hands, placed on the outside of the church spire on the back. It is also seen in the distance. Legend has it that these will join the blare of trumpets to own one of the other angels who announce the end of the world.
In addition to the building please also check out the beautiful garden.
Written 1 May 2022
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Phil D
Cork, Ireland17 contributions
Jan 2022
looks amazing and full of cool history facts. well worth the visit. I was pleasantly surprised after this visit
Written 7 January 2022
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Donal M
Waterford, Ireland402 contributions
Oct 2021
A nineteenth century cathedral on a much older site at the centre of the city's heritage.
A good guide put much of its history of the building in context.
Written 5 October 2021
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Laurajane94
Carlow, Ireland116 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
If you're going to Cork this Cathedral needs to be added to your list of places to see. The building is outstanding the detail is unbelievable and the grounds are kept beautifully. 100% worth the visit.
Written 14 July 2021
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Luke K
2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Excellent and unexpected tour by Stephen, who was kind enough to show us around when the place was quiet. There are some really fascinating stories contained within this magnificent building, even for those with no interest in religion
Written 30 June 2021
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Pinakshi K
12 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
There's a lovely lawn where you can sit and spend time gazing at the beautiful cathedral. You can move around the cathedral and get some really nice pictures, more so if you're lucky enough to end up on a bright, sunny day.
Written 9 June 2021
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GavinLynam
Dublin, Ireland615 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Beautiful church and grounds, however, always find it slightly distasteful when a church charges for entry.
Written 27 September 2020
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mayogirl1234
County Mayo, Ireland7 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
St Fin Barres had been recommended to us by a relative, she knew we all have an interest in churches and architecture so we were all excited. Once there we were asked by a very polite and knowledgeable man at the door to be aware of a church meeting inside and to keep our voices down. We had no issue whatsoever with this as we would always be mindful and respectful of our surroundings when in any religious building. The fee to get in was a reasonable five or six euro and as we were a group we spent about 25 euro. The church itself is beautiful, both the grounds and the interior are well maintained and beautifully old-fashioned. Immediately we noticed a small group of church officials conducting a meeting. We of course were quiet and did not get in the way, we merely walked around the building admiring the architecture, however the officials present made a point of rudely brushing past everyone and refusing to nod or say hello. They made their contempt for both our group and the other groups apparent. If they did not want people in there I completely understand, however you have no right to ask for public donations, take a fee on the door and then treat everyone with contempt. As beautiful as the building is, the ironically dismissive attitude of the clergy officials puts a dent in the visit.
Written 30 August 2020
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