Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin: Hours, Address, Saint Patrick's Cathedral Reviews: 4.5/5

Saint Patrick's Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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
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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JohnAnn B
Vancouver, Canada381 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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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy292 contributions
The Saint Patrone of Ireland
Jul. 2021
My mum’s name is Patrizia and she celebrates her namesake on March 17th, so how couldn’t we visit this cathedral? I really loved it and I also made a drawing with the frontage technique.
Written July 12, 2021
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GATfive
Westfield153 contributions
Beautiful cathedral
Feb. 2020
Beautiful old cathedral. Good self-guided walking tour around the perimeter of the church. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
Written December 13, 2020
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Rusmir
Dublin, Ireland174 contributions
More the cathedral
Jan. 2020 • Friends
Located near city centre, but still in the center of things, surrounded by small and sweet park, Saint Patrick's Cathedral is one of the most beautiful Irish cathedrals. Atmosphere is wonderful and even better at Sundays when mass is going on. Wonderful place, ticket affordable, on Sundays free of charge.
Written November 13, 2020
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Leonor Guevara
Dublin, Ireland25 contributions
Stunning place!
Mar. 2020
This Cathedral is wonderful, you could go in a sunday after a mass so its free of charge, but if you go another day it's worth the price. You can stay as long as you want not just only admiring the great architecture, but reading and learning the history of this character. You will love how imponent this place is.
Written October 9, 2020
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bigwawao
New York City, NY9,480 contributions
Beautiful and Breathtaking Medieval Church.
Oct. 2019
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?😄
Written September 30, 2020
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Liv Landi
Cuiaba, MT15 contributions
Beautiful!
Apr. 2020
Went to Dublin on a Catholic Holiday. It was just amazing. It did not rain too much, the city is very warming, you fit in right away, the Churches and Gardens, Exceptional! This one id a must see!
Written September 24, 2020
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Deirdre_dines
Dublin, Ireland956 contributions
Super experience
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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Steve F
Winchester, UK8 contributions
Lovely cathedral
Aug. 2020 • Couples
Really enjoyed walking round the cathedral on our last day in Dublin. There’s lots of information on the cathedrals history and how it still operates today. Well worth the €8 entry.
Written August 21, 2020
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Jennifer G
4 contributions
Spectacular!
Jul. 2019
There are so many beautiful old churches in Europe. This one is a MUST see if you are in Dublin. You don't have to make reservations ahead of time either.
Written April 13, 2020
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  • Sun - Sun 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Sun - Sun 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Mon - Fri 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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