Ardfert Cathedral
Ardfert Cathedral
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The remains of the city's striking 12th-century cathedral.
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,587 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
I visited Ardfert with family recently and we thoroughly enjoyed ut. The lady at the desk took us into the museum and gave us a fantastic overview before a self guided tour.
I had been here a year before, almost to the day, but that was during Covid restrictions, so the interior part of the cathedral was not open.
It was a delight to see it again, completely this time and the guide really made our visit with her attention to detsil and clear love of the place.
Loved the cathedral obviously but also the Ogham Stone and outlying chapels.
A fantastic cathedral complex, really lovingly restored. A gem and a must do if you are in the area.
Written 26 July 2022
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Jan G
Okehampton, UK246 contributions
Jun 2022
An amazing building for a remote cornet of Kerry. Fascinating history and a well informed custodian.
Written 23 June 2022
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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
18 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, Ireland8,587 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, WA82 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, MD207 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, Ireland61 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, UK751 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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