Ardfert Cathedral

Ardfert Cathedral

Ardfert Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
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The remains of the city's striking 12th-century cathedral.
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Anne O
London, UK16 contributions
Aug 2021
A real sense of history. We were not charged during the pandemic as parts of the cathedral were not open to view. However the staff were friendly and extremely knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
Written 1 September 2021
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The Navigator
113 contributions
May 2021 • Solo
The one way traffic system is a bit confusing but perseverance will be rewarded.
This is a fascinating site and quite ignored . The area is a microcosm of Irish history , from pre-history to the current day .
The cathedral is spectacular. To think that the carvings were done hundreds of years ago and before modern tools is humbling .
Allow more time than you think you will need and explore the village as well.
Written 10 May 2021
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Declan O'Brien
6 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Happened to be staying nearby and paid a visit

While there is usually an admission charge, it was free due to Covid. I imagine it is because there is no guided tour.

It would benefit from a tour as there is a lot of reading to do otherwise.

The structure and surrounding graveyard are very impressive.

Worth a visit
Written 8 September 2020
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,350 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
The reputed home of St. Brendan who reputedly discovered America centuries before Colombus.
There are three medieval churches on the site, the main cathedral dating from the 12th century. The smaller churches date from the 12th and 15th century.
Unfortunately we found it closed, I'm not sure because if Covid restrictions or due to the work we could see that was ongoing.
Nevertheless the whole site is accessible except for the visitors centre so you can wander the grounds and most of the area inside the walls, just not the visitors centre.
Stunning arches and windows. I really enjoyed it
Written 20 July 2020
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dashing_pilot
Seattle, WA62 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The church is interesting. Fun to see the restoration being done. It will be quite nice when finished. Not as complete as other ruins, but worth the drive if you are in the area.
Written 8 February 2020
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Dina0827
Baltimore, MD201 contributions
Jul 2019
The Ardfert Cathedral is immediately impressive. Located in a small town, the ruins of the cathedral tower high over everything, with much of the cathedral's outside walls still intact. It's very beautiful to see from a distance, and impressive to walk through. The museum space in the church is very informative, with well created displays and artifacts. We had just climbed the St. Brendan pilgrimage trail on Mount Brandon that morning, so learning more about St. Brendan at Ardfert Cathedral was perfectly timely. Others have said to stop if in the area, but this would be a worthy destination for any traveler, whether passing through or someone looking for a day-trip destination. Great visit.
Written 18 December 2019
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KJ Healy
County Kerry, Ireland60 contributions
Nov 2018
Went here around halloween time to take some pictures. Lovely in Autumn, as long as the weather is dry. Would definitely recommend a quick visit, we were only driving through Ardfert, but glad we stopped here!!
Written 4 October 2019
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LesGUk
East Anglia, UK731 contributions
Sep 2019
It is a ruin, we were disappointed. The gentleman on reception told us a lot about the history of the cathedral which was very interesting.
Written 15 September 2019
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annef918
Limerick, Ireland331 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
We visited Ardfert Cathedral as a group very interested in heritage. A guide had been pre arranged for us. And what was without doubt the best tour ever. Donal Stack was our guide. The detail & information he gave us was just incredible & no rush with time. He is a expert in his field. A truly memorable visit. Donal Stack also does the maps in the Kerry Gem books which are brilliant. Pick up a copy
Written 21 July 2019
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Paul B
Reading, MA1,291 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
Give it a go, well done and maintained. We enjoyed the entire day in Listowel and stayed over night. Downtown is nice, some good pubs and restaurants. Give it a go, well worth the side trip
Written 26 May 2019
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