Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

Saint Patrick's Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
09:30 - 17:00
Monday
09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:30 - 17:00
Thursday
09:30 - 17:00
Friday
09:30 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 18:00
Sunday
09:00 - 10:30
12:30 - 14:30
About
A magnificent cathedral that houses Jonathan Swift's remains (he wrote Gulliver's Travels). It is the only remaining cathedral in Ireland with a daily sung services. A small entrance fee is charged for tourists and all money raised goes back to paying for the upkeep of the building.
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1-2 hours
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  • St. Stephen's Green • 10 min walk
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John P
Rapid City, SD27 contributions
Nice tour however
Sep 2021
Nice self-guided tour. They were practicing good COVID measures, wiping down everything. However, walked into their toilet and it was disgusting. If they had spent 1/10 of the effort on the toilet area it would have been better.
Written 3 October 2021
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Hello John, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Cathedral. I'm sorry to hear that the toilets were not clean on the day of your visit, and I have shared your feedback with our operations team.
Written 6 October 2021
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GillJezz
Aberystwyth, UK456 contributions
A lovely place
Sep 2021
We've seen a lot of cathedrals all around the world and this is up there as an experience. A lot of interesting history here as well as beautiful stained glass. Well worth the walk across town. The sun was out so we could sit in the park too.Combine this with a visit to Marsh's library just around the corner.
Written 29 September 2021
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Neige M
Rochefort, Belgium6 contributions
Beautiful
Aug 2021 • Friends
The cathedral is very nice, outside and inside. A bit expensive but worth doing because you get a lot of explanations ! But I am always more interested in the outside architecture to be honest!
Written 27 September 2021
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Kim L
Orland Park, IL20 contributions
Worth the admittance fee
Sep 2021
I thought maybe 8 Euros was a lot to ask to walk inside of a cathedral but I couldn't have been more wrong. There was so much good information, statues, information it was more like a museum. The stained glass, the ceilings, the peaceful feeling was magical. It reminded me of Salisbury Cathedral in England which had a similar feel. I only wish I would've been there on a Sunday when I could've enjoyed a church service there!
Written 24 September 2021
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JohnAnn B
Vancouver, Canada381 contributions
Completely intertwined with the history of Ireland
Oct 2020
We visited the cathedral in May 2019; sorry for the delayed review.

St. Patrick's is inextricably tied to the history and politics of Ireland. It served as both Catholic and Protestant cathedrals as control of the country shifted from Catholic to Anglican and back. King James visited here and King William of Orange held the church as his base. Today it is the cathedral of the Church of Ireland and states it serves both Catholics and Protestants. Access cost 7 Euros in 2019 and you could easily spend two hours or more self-guiding yourself around the cathedral; we were lucky enough to attach ourselves to a guided tour.

While seeming smaller than Christ Church and its surrounding buildings which were served by the Augustinians, St. Patrick's has almost a parish church feel to it. It is beautiful inside, with the glass, tiles, choir, and Lady Chapel well restored and worth seeing. Some highlights in its history include the feud between the Butlers and Fitzgeralds for control of Dublin which ended when the leaders of the clans shook hands through a hole in the Door of Reconciliation in 1492, resulting in the Irish term "chance the hand". Jonathan Swift (who wrote Gulliver's Travels) served as dean for over 30 years. The Messiah was first preformed here in 1742, and the Knights of the Order of St. Patricks were registered and their memberships ceremonies held here.

On one side of church is St. Patrick's Park which is nice for a stroll and to sit on a bench or the grass, and on the other side of the church is the red-bricked cathedral grammar school. Apparently St. Patrick would baptize people with water from a well in the park, and there is indeed a capped well in the park near the entrance to the cathedral.

Another must-see while visiting Dublin.
Written 5 September 2021
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy322 contributions
The Saint Patrone of Ireland
Jul 2021
My mum’s name is Patrizia and she celebrates her namesake on March 17th, so how couldn’t we visit this cathedral? I really loved it and I also made a drawing with the frontage technique.
Written 12 July 2021
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GATfive
Westfield153 contributions
Beautiful cathedral
Feb 2020
Beautiful old cathedral. Good self-guided walking tour around the perimeter of the church. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
Written 13 December 2020
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Rusmir
Dublin, Ireland174 contributions
More the cathedral
Jan 2020 • Friends
Located near city centre, but still in the center of things, surrounded by small and sweet park, Saint Patrick's Cathedral is one of the most beautiful Irish cathedrals. Atmosphere is wonderful and even better at Sundays when mass is going on. Wonderful place, ticket affordable, on Sundays free of charge.
Written 13 November 2020
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Leonor Guevara
Dublin, Ireland25 contributions
Stunning place!
Mar 2020
This Cathedral is wonderful, you could go in a sunday after a mass so its free of charge, but if you go another day it's worth the price. You can stay as long as you want not just only admiring the great architecture, but reading and learning the history of this character. You will love how imponent this place is.
Written 9 October 2020
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bigwawao
New York City, NY9,544 contributions
Beautiful and Breathtaking Medieval Church.
Oct 2019
Beautiful church with a great history behind it.

I took a self guided tour of the Cathedral. They have a little paper that outlines a little path for you to take and items of interest.

One interesting thing. Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver's travel, was a dean here and was interred here.

Beautiful architecture and equally magnificent stained glass all around.

And yes, they have a gift shop. You must realize they are not state supported and thus all you entrance fee and anything the gift shop makes goes to supporting this magnificent piece of history.

If I recall our walking tour guide he said that it was originally a Catholic church before becoming an Anglican Church.

Visit also Christ Church Cathedral, which is often compared to St. Patrick. Both are equally impressive. But St. Patty's is more well known.

Also one more thing. There are more artifacts at St. Patrick's than at Christ Church. Don't forget to see the Boyle family Monument. The famous member is Sir Robert Boyle who discovered Boyle's law of gases. Remember your chemistry?😄
Written 30 September 2020
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Saint Patrick's Cathedral is open:
  • Sun - Sun 09:00 - 10:30
  • Sun - Sun 12:30 - 14:30
  • Mon - Fri 09:30 - 17:00
  • Sat - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
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