St Fin Barre's Cathedral

St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork

St Fin Barre's Cathedral
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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A stately 19th-century cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of Cork.
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Laurajane94
Carlow, Ireland104 contributions
Breathtakingly beautiful
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 July 14, 2021
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Luke K
2 contributions
Amazing building, great guide
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 June 30, 2021
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Pinakshi K
12 contributions
Serene and peaceful
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 June 9, 2021
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GavinLynam
Dublin, Ireland607 contributions
Beautiful church and grounds
Sep 2020 • Couples
Beautiful church and grounds, however, always find it slightly distasteful when a church charges for entry.
Written September 27, 2020
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mayogirl1234
County Mayo, Ireland7 contributions
A beautiful building with ironically rude officials
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 August 30, 2020
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igal27
Rehovot, Israel4,989 contributions
Very impressive cathedral, nice grounds
Sep 2019
The walk up to the cathedral through the grounds is very impressive -- the cathedral is imposing and the grounds inviting. The kids enjoyed playing in the grass and walking through the maze. The cathedral from the inside is stunning, well worth a visit.
Written August 19, 2020
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kimerama
Cork, Ireland20 contributions
Love this place!
Jul 2020
The most majestic place in the world from any viewpoint. Easy to get to and just so serene, and historic!
Written July 26, 2020
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Yanie P
Indonesia316 contributions
Very Nice Architecture
May 2019
It's absolutely stunning. The gardens are amazing, clean, tidy, with its green grass and blooming flowers, fortunately we visited it during Spring. Actually it's weird at least for me to pay for visiting a church while the other church let you in for free but actually it's so beautiful inside.
Written April 7, 2020
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Kristine B
Orlando, FL274 contributions
Beautiful church!!
Mar 2020 • Solo
I hadn’t initially planned on visiting St. Fin Barre’s, but when I toured the Elizabeth Fort a plaque mentioned that a cannon ball from the Siege of 1690 was on display in the church, so I decided to go have a look. I entered the cathedral just as a service was about to start, so the gentleman in the gift shop advised that I skip the guided tour and do the self-guided (I was still able to walk around during the service since it took place in a side chapel, just couldn’t take pictures) and if I had any questions I could come back and he’d be happy to answer them. The church itself is beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed walking around it. When I went back toward the shop to take a look at the baptismal font, the gentleman who’d greeted me (I didn’t catch his name) volunteered some information and some interesting facts about the church that I never would’ve known. He was wonderful and we had a lovely chat. I highly recommend buying a souvenir or two in the cathedral shop, as all the profits go toward the upkeep and maintenance of the church.
Written March 12, 2020
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petematthews
West Drayton, UK150 contributions
Definitely worth a visit
Feb 2020
I saw the Cathedral from the bus coming in from the airport - so got off and walked up to the Cathedral. A very impressive building inside and out. Unfortuantely I got there just as a service was about to start - so was advised to come back in 30 minutes - to be able to take photos. So I went on a mini walkabout, and eventually went back after 35 minutes.The cost of entry was 6 euros for over 60's - which was fine - but then I was informed that the Cathedral was actually closing in 20 minutes! So I grabbed the ticket and went on a fast visit round the parts of the Cathedral I particularly wanted to see. Very impressed, clean and looks 'used' which is always good to see! Organ at the West End and in a small pit in the transept gives a good opportunity to get close up photos of the reed stops. Shame I didn't get to hear it, or the choir who weren't singing on the Thursday - but next visit I'll check before I go to tick off the two afore mentioned things. Pleasant staff and well worth the visit.
Written February 17, 2020
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  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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