Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is one of Dublin’s top historical sites and attracts in excess of 300,000 visitors each year. Check out our guide to this important part of Irish history, how to get here and more.
The Cathedral is located at Saint Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8.This very impressive structure is 91 metres high and the nave is 17 metres high. The largest of the three Church of Ireland cathedrals in Dublin it dates back to 1191. The original tower and part of the west wing were destroyed by fire in 1362 but were rebuilt by 1370 by the Archbishop Minot. During the 1870′s major renovations took place, as a result much of the architecture is Victorian in style.
The story of St. Patrick’s is said have began here – according to legend St Patrick was baptised in a well close to where the Cathedral stands today. It was declared a holy site and a wooden church was built here during the 5th Century. The church was rebuilt in stone (St Patrick’s Cathedral) in 1191.
The majority of tours are self-guided, however if requested in advance a 30-minute guided tour can be provided. Leaflets, in four different languages, are available to assist you. The average length of a visit is about 30 minutes.
There’s a shop selling books and gifts, various exhibitions, coach parking, but no car parking.
Monday to Friday 9.00 – 18.00
Saturday March to October 9.00 to 18.00
Saturday November to February 9.00 to 17.00
Sunday March to October 9.00-11.00; 12.45 to 15.00; 16.15 to 18.00
Sunday November to February 10.00 to 11.00; 12.45 to 15.00
No visitors are admitted from 11.00 to 12.45 and 15.00 to 16.15 on Sundays except for worship/service.
The Cathedral is closed to visitors on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Day
How to get here…
Your best option is by bus. Take the number 50, 54A, 56A, 49, 49A, 65, 65A, 77, 77A from Eden Quay.
For more information check out St Patrick’s Cathedral website.
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