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Address: Ardfert, Ireland
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+353 66 712 1288

The remains of the city's striking 12th-century cathedral.

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Massive ruined cathedral in small town

The most striking thing about this place, other than its beauty, is the contrast between the size of the cathedral and the town its located in. The cathedral dates back to the... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2016
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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195 reviews
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

The most striking thing about this place, other than its beauty, is the contrast between the size of the cathedral and the town its located in. The cathedral dates back to the 12th century and is now largely in ruins although the graveyard is still being used. There is a very interesting visitor centre which had a good exhibition on... More 

3 Thank French_James
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

These ancient ruins are worth a quick visit if you're in the area. There is some impressive architecture to see in what is left of the cathedral. There is also an adjacent ruin of a smaller building and a roofed building completes the complex. There's also a small exhibition covering the history and the reconstruction/preservation work.

1 Thank gfsc5
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

A number is interesting historical stories are listed beyond just seeing the old buildings. A very nice stop. Note that if it is raining the main cathedral has no roof so you see it in the rain.

1 Thank Wombat1969mn
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

There are a lot of these on the OPW heritage plan. The staff are great and the cathedral is very interesting. It is a quiet and contemplative site that is one of my favorite catherdral ruins in Ireland.

1 Thank James W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Interesting history and architecture. Nice little museum . Impressive buildings And restoration work.

1 Thank phil r
County Cork, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 316 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

I have referred in another review to churches that overwhelm their settings. These were invariably erected by strong willed determined clerics. Perhaps this is best exemplified by Canon Horan, parish priest of the huge Marian Shrine in Knock in County Mayo, who set about building an airport so that pilgrims could fly there. No planning permission no permits just blind... More 

3 Thank SirNorman
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016

An interesting place to wander around. Get an impression about the local hstory. Plenty of free parking nearby on the roadside.

1 Thank JGM1950
Marton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

Although there is a lot of interesting history surrounding this site (that the chap on the door was more than happy to share) as you can tell from the photos there is really only the 'shell' of a last 'rebuild' to see.

Thank April G
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 21 May 2016

I really liked this cathedral. I know there are tons in Ireland but this is worth the visit. It is a bit different to what I'm used to seeing so I thought it was worth the time. There is great history here and the people at the entrance were really nice.

Thank Amena317
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Reviewed 14 May 2016

I live in Dublin but one of my favorite outings is to visit ancient Irish buildings, mostly churches for historical reasons. I have been to Ardfert Cathedral numerous times and the next time I will be in that part of the world I will visit again. St Brendan,the Navigator, was born nearby about 1000 years before Columbus and local legend... More 

Thank Sandylan

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