St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork

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Visit William Burges' first Victorian work of architecture: St Fin Barre's Cathedral. The famed architect oversaw every detail of the church's construction during his lifetime, and the result is considered the best example of Burges' ecclesiastical work. Go inside to see the ornate interior with gold inlay and green- and rose-colored marble. The effect of the interior is enhanced by a refurbished organ dating back to the cathedral's construction in the 19th century. The church remains active and is supported by a vibrant congregation; consider attending a service or organ concert to round out your visit. Plan to visit St Fin Barre's Cathedral during your Cork vacation using our convenient Cork trip planner .
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  • The building itself is undeniably beautiful both inside and out- but I don't understand what the entrance fee is for as there was no literature or guide given. It is worth a look if you can avail of a...  more »
  • Beautiful Cathedral, as well from the outside than from the inside. However, you should know that she can visit quickly and that each person must pay £5 to visit. Expensive therefore.
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  • Quite small as cathedrals go but really beautiful and peaceful.You also get a pamphlet showing you points of interest in the cathedral with information about it all. Staff very friendly. Garden is bea...  more »
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  • Great history and brilliant architecture, old tombstone. Very good restaurants nearby. Well worth a visit.
  • The cathedral is big and nice from the outside, the inside is less beautiful than the outside, but if you're interested to see the inside, it isn't bad. You just expect more if you'll see the outside. The price to enter is 5 euros for adults, 3 for students and seniors, so a bit pricey
  • The finest example of neogothic architecture in Ireland and maybe overall. The cathedral is one of the most easily recognisable landmarks in Cork, and the staff inside in really fond of explanations about its history and artistic heritage. The souvenir shop is not even too expensive.
  • Looks great on the outside, though fairly drab on the inner. Hence decent neogothic but not the best in Ireland.
  • I was a bit disappointed not to be able to see the bell tower. The tour of the inside of the cathedral itself was ok. I got reduced entry through Groupon so I was happy enough.

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Where to stay in Cork

A destination in and of itself, Cork City has a dense center with plenty of hotels and hostels. Head north of the city center for affordable options like mid-range hotels and guesthouses. From here, you can walk or bike to all of the sights in the heart of the city. If everything is booked, or if you've simply come to explore the city's surrounding nature, check out the campgrounds about ten minutes from the center of town by car. There are also a number of charming bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and other pensions in the outskirts, which can be a good option if you're using the city as a base for exploring the sights of Cork County.
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