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“Italy has better”

Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Ranked #60 of 575 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
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 May 5, 2014

For my next car, do I buy a Aston Martin or a Ferrari? Similar class, performance and luxury? What if I told you the Ferrari was free, but the Aston Martin you had to pay for? Most logical humans would chose the Ferrari...

Cool, groovy, gothic exterior and for 5.50 euro($7.50) you get to see the equally cool, groovy, gothic interior. No access to the tower. However, I also spent 2 weeks in Italy six months ago. The Italian churches were all free to get into(I usually donated a euro or 2) and have much cooler artwork and sculptures.

So if you've been to Italy, Saint Patricks isn't that big of a deal; skippable if you're pressed for time in Dublin. But if you've never been to Italy, its definitely worth a look. Or if you're a cheap chump like the guy who bailed out in front of me in line, just check out the exterior and gardens.

1  Thank John P
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

A very old, serene, peaceful beautiful place with so much history. Sitting in the Lady chapel was just beautiful. Lit candles for loved ones. A must visit place if you're in Dublin.

1  Thank Anita K
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

I'm not a religious person in any circumstance but this was a great history lesson in itself. Very nice looking Cathedral

1  Thank drinkpizza
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

We were lucky to be at the cathedral when they announced a free guided tour would be starting soon, so it was nice to have someone talk about the cathedral & explain some of the things inside. It's a beautiful place with a significant history.

Thank Christine N
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

We arrived to look at the Cathedral just as Evensong was beginning and were invited in. We sat, awed, in this magnificent historic building and listened as the choir sang in the flickering candlelight while the pipe organ soared and vibrated through the entire cathedral. A very moving experience.

Thank annabellequinn
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