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Saint Patrick's Cathedral
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Beautiful Cathederal...stepping back into the Dublin of old.The history of this place is truly amazing.

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Full of history. If you can get to the singing of Matins by the boys choir in the morning or Vespers in the evening. Right beside it is Marsh's Library which is one of the hidden little jewels of Dublin and it frequently has interesting exhibitions of rare and unusual books

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

It's really famous so that's why tourists keep going however it's really underwhelming.
You have to pay to get in and there is a shop right in the middle of the church which I think is really tacky. Some of the place is impressive and still really beautiful but I think the fact that you have to pay to get in is just not right. Most churches you visit in Europe are free to get in and you can choose to donate, I think that makes more sense.

Thank Laurasaway
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Andrewsmith62, Front Office Manager at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2013

Sorry to read that you did not enjoy your visit to the Cathedral Laura. I am not sure if you noticed a poster at the entrance which explains why we ask visitors to pay? We do not receive any state funding however the cost of maintaining the building is enormous so we do not have any choice but to charge an entrance fee. This is not an uncommon position, St Pauls Cathedral for example costs 15 pounds sterling to enter.
I am sorry that you did not feel like you got value for money but rest assured the money which you were charged will be used for a very good cause.

Andrew Smith (Education Officer)

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

OK-so I'm not a historian on Catholicism, but this tour was very enjoyable. If you can go with a guide, I would suggest it. The reason is because the locals can give you those little nuggets of information that you will not find on your own. Just hearing the stories told in that authentic Irish twang makes you feel drawn in. The history and lineage is quite impressive. If you can work this one in, I'd do it.

Thank James B
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Pay a little visit to Ireland patron saint and you will enjoy the marvelous structure of this Cathedral, along with the grounds next to it, which form a beautiful park. The entrance has a place that acknowledges the location of the well where Saint Patrick baptized christians, so very interesting.

Thank Melisa S
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