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Down Cathedral

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Address: Downpatrick, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 028-4461-4922
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Belfast Day Trip from Dublin

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Down Cathedral

The cathedral is nice . Built in 1183, it was initially Benedictine monastery office, welcoming within its walls many monks learn, practice the arts of illumination and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2016
Patrick D
Warsaw, Poland
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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful church and legend of three saints. Some say Patrick and two other saints buried here and large rock place there as folks wanted to take some of the soil over the grave and many feared he would be dug up according to the story. Combine this with the St Patrick center for the best experience

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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Open daily for prayer and to see. I loved exploring the unusual layout of 18th century box-pews along with interesting windows and memorials.

Thank RJF64
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cathedral is most definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit. Has a lovely serene ambiance surrounding it and within. Graveyard disappointing though if you like the historical aspect of same attached, then you might just have stumbled upon a taste of heaven on earth. Down Museum at bottom of the hill and well worth incorporating into your trip.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Beautiful cathedral & cemetery. Visit the visitor center first for the video presentation. There is a fee, but very worth while to clearly understand the prominence & history of St. Patrick...patron Saint of Ireland. Hence St. Patrick's day!!!!! Then visit the cathedral & grave site of St. Patrick. Very nice restrooms here & loads of souvenirs. They are collecting funds... More 

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Atlantic, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We had a nice lunch at the shop at the bottom of the hill then we walked up to the Cathedral. It is a stunning site to see coming up the hill. We went inside for a guided tour it was very informative and amazing to see. There aren't many places you can go in and see that beautiful and... More 

Thank ritaswogger
Dromore, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Spent an hour or so going around reading and using the information guide. would recommend a visit more than once local or tourist. a beautiful tranquil church and visited St Patricks grave

Thank cole71
Warsaw, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

The cathedral is nice . Built in 1183, it was initially Benedictine monastery office, welcoming within its walls many monks learn, practice the arts of illumination and calligraphy, while practicing christian religion..Beautiful windows and other jewelry from Irish architecture: the entire cathedral honors the life of St. Patrick, counting his life through sculptures, stained glass, statues and others present in... More 

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Visit for the graves (a nice bookend to all the other information you learn about St. Patrick while visiting Ireland) but don't forget to stop in the church! it's a nice chapel and there are also some historical pieces inside. they had a flag from what US citizens would call the Revolutionary War. I just visited with friends (no tour... More 

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

St. Patrick's alleged grave was a big letdown since it is an unimpressive slab of rock. Our tour guide told us my spouse and I that he is not even buried there! However, the cathedral is worthy of a visit. It broods atop the Hill of Down, and the upward climb rewards one with a multiple array of daffodils and... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

This Angelican church was interesting to see but disappointing because not much regarding Saint Patrick was there in the church, although the recasting place of saints Patrick, Bridget and Columcille.

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