Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

Saint Patrick's Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
9:30 AM - 5:00 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
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Luismibernal
11 contributions
Great Audioguide and Historical Visit
Nov 2021 • Couples
Thanks to the Dean to make it an inclusive experience.

Audioguide is available in several languages.

Written November 12, 2021
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Leslie W
60 contributions
Will be better aftert COVID
Sep 2021
Self-guided walking audio tour is included – bring your own headphones. Beautiful music playing while I was there. Loved the stained glass, the informative displays, the building, and the audio
Written November 8, 2021
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Sarah L
Canada11 contributions
A must-see for lovers of Gothic architecture
Oct 2021
Saint Patrick's is stunning. A must-see for lovers of Gothic architecture. There was a surprising amount of artefacts and objects to see and read about, so leave yourself plenty of time to wander about and take everything in. Nice little gift shop as well.
Written November 5, 2021
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IDoLoveFood
Belgium658 contributions
Massive building with remarkable interior
Oct 2021
Impressive building of whom the interior reminded me more of warfare than of religion. Next to it you will find the St Patrick's park with a nice setting in the bustling city.
Written November 4, 2021
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DesertDweller32
Phoenix AZ589 contributions
Good visit
Nov 2021
This was a short stop for us. Really liked the efficiency of the audio tour - it highlighted important aspects of the cathedral and its features. The outer grounds were quite nice as well.

The employees we encountered on Monday were SO lovely - kind and helpful. However, we encountered an employee on Sunday that was abrupt and decidedly unhelpful - the antithesis of what a cathedral such as Saint Patrick's represents. He stood at the gate as we spoke with him in the pouring rain, abruptly answering our questions as visitors. In addition, he guarded the gate as if concerned we would overtake him to enter the cathedral. Not OK.
Written November 1, 2021
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John P
Rapid City, SD27 contributions
Nice tour however
Sep 2021
Nice self-guided tour. They were practicing good COVID measures, wiping down everything. However, walked into their toilet and it was disgusting. If they had spent 1/10 of the effort on the toilet area it would have been better.
Written October 3, 2021
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Hello John, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Cathedral. I'm sorry to hear that the toilets were not clean on the day of your visit, and I have shared your feedback with our operations team.
Written October 6, 2021
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GillJezz
Aberystwyth, UK465 contributions
A lovely place
Sep 2021
We've seen a lot of cathedrals all around the world and this is up there as an experience. A lot of interesting history here as well as beautiful stained glass. Well worth the walk across town. The sun was out so we could sit in the park too.Combine this with a visit to Marsh's library just around the corner.
Written September 29, 2021
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Neige M
Rochefort, Belgium9 contributions
Beautiful
Aug 2021 • Friends
The cathedral is very nice, outside and inside. A bit expensive but worth doing because you get a lot of explanations ! But I am always more interested in the outside architecture to be honest!
Written September 27, 2021
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Kim L
Orland Park, IL20 contributions
Worth the admittance fee
Sep 2021
I thought maybe 8 Euros was a lot to ask to walk inside of a cathedral but I couldn't have been more wrong. There was so much good information, statues, information it was more like a museum. The stained glass, the ceilings, the peaceful feeling was magical. It reminded me of Salisbury Cathedral in England which had a similar feel. I only wish I would've been there on a Sunday when I could've enjoyed a church service there!
Written September 24, 2021
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JohnAnn B
Vancouver, Canada403 contributions
Completely intertwined with the history of Ireland
Oct 2020
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.
Written September 5, 2021
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Saint Patrick's Cathedral is open:
  • Sun - Sun 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Sun - Sun 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Mon - Fri 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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