Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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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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  • Gary B
    Vancouver, Canada484 contributions
    Completely intertwined with the history of Ireland
    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.
    Visited October 2020
    Written September 5, 2021
  • Tim R
    Hampton, Virginia429 contributions
    Don’t miss St. Patrick’s!!
    We happened onto St. Patrick’s Cathedral, as we were staying just down the road. We arrived when it opened (0900 on Saturday), which was a good call (large tour groups started showing up when we were almost done). The price of admission was €8/person, which was very reasonable for what we saw. Recommend you do like we did and go watch the film (midway back on the right) before you start the tour. It provided a great overview of the history of the church and some of the famous people associated with the church. Afterwards, we did the self-guided tour, which was actually setup really well (normally they do guided tours, but I don’t think the guide volunteers work on Saturdays). The self guided map (which came in multiple languages) did a nice job taking you from spot to spot pointing out important artifacts. Besides the map items, there was a ton of other things to look at (plaques in dedication, architecture and a gift shop). Overall, I’m glad we stumbled onto this cathedral. It contained a ton of history and was really interesting. We highly recommend you try it.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled solo
    Written January 18, 2020
  • bigwawao
    New York City, New York10,138 contributions
    Beautiful and Breathtaking Medieval Church.
    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?😄
    Visited October 2019
    Written September 30, 2020
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Mary W
Dublin, Ireland12 contributions
Dec 2019
I will start this review by saying Colm Wilkinson was excellent. The sound system was very poor. We were about two thirds distance from the stage. Colm had a hand held microphone and when he moved his head we could not hear what he was saying. Those up the front could and we cold hear them laughing and interacting with him. The seats are hard and I would recommend you bring a cushion. It is also difficult to see as all seating is on the one level. Overall I do not think this is a suitable venue for concerts. Poor sound, poor seating and it is cold. Tickets were €100 each which I also think are overpriced for what you got. We saw people coming in at the interval when the main door was opened for Colm Wilkinson only who stood at the back. This should not be allowed.
Written January 22, 2020
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Bruce B
60 contributions
Jan 2020
While work is being done on the exterior (1st time in 150 years, so it's needed), the inside was incredible from the floor to the view of the interior. Take the 40 minute tour-well worth the info. Lots of great things to buy in gift shop too, Worth the price of admission just for the very good prices for purchase.
Written January 6, 2020
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SimeyTravels
San Diego, CA3,558 contributions
Dec 2019
We spent several hours within the walls of St. Patrick's Cathedral, taking copious amounts of pictures and stopping to read the plaques, notes and stories associated with almost every item on display.

The Cathedral wasn't very crowded when we arrived, kind of early on a Monday morning. We'd walked by the Cathedral the afternoon before, and thought about popping in then, but it was almost evening on a Sunday and we didn't want to a) interrupt any services that may have been going on; or 2) have to rush through the place because we showed up late.

So it was that we found ourselves inside the Cathedral early on a cold and blistery Monday morning, staring in awe at the relics, stained glass, pews and memorials.

My only slight critique would be that the self-guide tour map they provide after paying at the entrance is fairly off from the Cathedral itself. We found that out pretty quickly, but I did notice several other tourists looking from their maps to the stop in front of them, back and forth, trying to match the text with the item.

There is an incredibly impressive amount of history within these walls, as is to be expected. And I learned quite a bit about Jonathan Swift, which I delighted in. I also learned a great deal about St. Patrick himself, including the fact that most of the paintings, statues and icons to the man are likely incorrect. Fascinating!

This definitely is a place we'd revisit, on another trip to Dublin. We both love history and architecture, and this Cathedral is resplendent in both. My only lasting regret is that we never woke up early enough to travel to St. Patrick's for Matins. That is something that is still very much on my to-do list, and I think it would have been especially powerful to experience Matins or Evensong in St. Patrick's.
Written February 8, 2020
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Katie589
Edinburgh, UK19 contributions
Jan 2020
Lovely old cathedral with some beautiful stained glass windows. Admission includes a free tour with a knowledgeable guide who is happy to answer any questions. Worth visiting, especially to help preserve the building, which is currently having its roof re-done (and for the Jonathan Swift connection, which I didn't know about).
Written February 1, 2020
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kwagmeister
Newburgh, IN1,657 contributions
Aug 2022
This beautiful cathedral is lovingly maintained based in part on the entry fees - which are nominal at 8 euros a person. Admission includes an audio guide (which they are disinfecting after each use). Don’t pass it up - there is some great information to learn!
This cathedral has regular services including its choir which we unfortunately missed out on, but signage is posted in the event you might be able to return.
Just a few steps away is Christ Church - another must visit right there.
Written August 13, 2022
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Hi kwagmeister, Thank you for your lovely review of your visit! You are correct - admission to the Cathedral includes a leaflet, audio guides and public tours of the cathedral throughout the day. The audio guide in particular comes highly recommended by our visitors! All visitors are welcome to attend services to experience the wonder of our Choir. Both our Matins and Choral Evensong are sung services and are free for all to attend. As you mentioned, we are just down the road from Christ Church Cathedral, another wonderful gem in Dublin city. We would definitely recommend a visit once you finish in Saint Patrick's! Thank you for your visit, we hope to see you return in the future!
Written September 2, 2022
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Shanelle
Santa Monica, CA2,715 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
Beautiful historic landmark. Came here at opening on a Sunday morning and it was 9 euro admission (credit cards and cash accepted). They offer audio guides in various languages that’s included in the entry fee; there weren’t any guided tours being offered when we went.

We spent 2 hours going to each of the sites (labeled with a number). There was active service happening in a partioned off section. Afterwards, you could walk around the park (that’s free) and get some really pretty views. There’s a kids playground outside as well.
Written January 21, 2023
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Hi Shanellesua, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review, we're delighted you enjoyed your experience and thank you for your kind words. We hope to see you back again soon.
Written April 13, 2023
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Deirdre_dines
Dublin, Ireland976 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
A lovely place to visit when the rains bickering down in Dublin - escape in to St Patrick’s cathedral and get lost in its history.

On the day we visited we were lucky to have arrived when an organ recital was taking place - there were only a handful of tourists in the building so it was a super experience.

Take time to learn about the links to St Patrick, Swift etc and the origin of the phrase ‘to chance your arm’!

Tip : to make the best of and to time your visit visit their website before you go - for tickets plus information on what’s taking place in the cathedral daily.
Written August 30, 2020
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Melinda Manfai
8 contributions
Jan 2023
Upon arriving to Dublin for a six day winter getaway on my own I left my hostel very early in the morning to start to explore this city. I ended up arriving to Saint Patrick's after 10, bought my entrance ticket (9 euros) and was lucky enough to run into a guided tour in the cathedral starting at 10:30 (may be one in every hour, no extra fees for this! - but also, you get a headphone for your ticket automatically). And this is why I am writing this review, there was a lady called Maria, maybe in her 60s, the guide to offer the tour and SHE WAS FANTASTIC! I absolutely loved listening to her, she put together the tour so perfectly offering a deep insight through the building of the cathedral and every interesting thing in it into also the city of Dublin, and the history of the Irish island altogether - I really needed no more for my forthcoming days in Ireland. I absolutely LOVE remembering Maria, and I will always be very very grateful for my experience there on that day! Greetings from Hungary
Written March 15, 2023
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Hi Mendart, Greetings back from Ireland. Thank you so much for the amazing review. We're trilled that you had such a great experience. We're very keen to keep the price of a ticket at great value, this is why guided tours and audio guides are included in the price. We are thrilled to hear that Maria did such a great tour and we'll be sure to let her know that you left this great review for her, she'll be delighted to read it. Say hi to everyone in Hungary from us in St Patrick's Cathedral and we hope to see you back again next time you're in Dublin.
Written April 13, 2023
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Skibumlady
Charlotte, NC860 contributions
Sep 2019
Compared to other cathedrals we visited in other countries, this is a medium-sized building located in center of city with memorials to various benefactors and ornate stained glass windows showing Christian stories. Cathedral had some interior and exterior maintenance work going on during our visit to maintain and clean stonework. Learning about St. Patrick and more about the history of Ireland were the highlights of visiting this cathedral. Plus the intricate stained glass windows. Don’t miss the organ and organ fund collection barrel (is a large stainless beer barrel). Nice, small park next to cathedral. Recommend 1-2 hours here. No tour was available during our visit.
Written January 1, 2020
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Ju W
Fort Lauderdale, FL71 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Bought the tickets in advance at the cheaper Student rate. I loved the multicolored tile. Unfortunately the etching station had no charcoal or paper, but I imagine you could bring your own. Gift shop was actually located inside the church which I found unusual to see medieval crusaders buried next to keychains.
Written February 28, 2020
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