AT THE CORE OF IRISH HISTORY FOR OVER 800 YEARS
Saint Patrick's Cathedral is one of Ireland's most popular attractions. This medieval gothic place of worship has been at the core of Irish life and history for over 800 years and is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. Visitors are asked to pay a small fee which supports the maintenance of the building. Two Services are sung daily by the Cathedral's famous choir during term time, Matins and Evensong (there is no entrance charge for these Services and all are welcome to attend).
Ireland's Largest Cathedral
The Cathedral is built on the site of a well which it is thought to have been used by Saint Patrick to baptise Christians. Saint Patrick's is still the largest Cathedral in Ireland and is a wonder of the medieval world. The current building was erected in the 13th Century and was restored in the 19th Century by Benjamin Lee Guinness. It is also the final resting place for around 700 people including Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels; Richard Boyle, the first Earl of Cork; and the Duke of Shomberg killed at the Battle of the Boyne. Nearly 200 monuments and statues make the building a veritable treasure trove of those who love history and art.
A Registered Charity
Saint Patrick's is a registered charity and all money generated through commercial activity goes toward either the upkeep/active restoration of the building or to local charities.
Located at the junction of Patrick Street and Upper Kevin Street, the Cathedral is easily accessible by foot from the city centre. It is a 5 minute walk from the Red Line LUAS stop or 20 minutes from Tara Street Dart station.