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. To visit St Fin Barre's Cathedral and other attractions in Cork, use our Cork trip planner.
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  • This was probably the best Cathedral we visited during our 2 week trip to Ireland. The reason I say this is that the actual outbuildings , the steeple , the interior , huge organ & the ceiling... 
    This was probably the best Cathedral we visited during our 2 week trip to Ireland. The reason I say this is that the actual outbuildings , the steeple , the interior , huge organ & the ceiling...  more »
  • Simply magnificent. We stopped in an walked the grounds and the beauty inside. Well worth the time to see 
    Simply magnificent. We stopped in an walked the grounds and the beauty inside. Well worth the time to see  more »
  • Beautiful structure - beautiful building - well worth a visit. There are three spires and when you realise that this building is around since the 7th Century and think of the way buildings were built....  more
    Beautiful structure - beautiful building - well worth a visit. There are three spires and when you realise that this building is around since the 7th Century and think of the way buildings were built....  more »
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  • My son and I visited today, 26th January, 2022. An amazing place, with wonderful staff. Stephen was a fount of knowledge and delivered it very well. He had our attention all the way. If you're offered a guide, take it; you will miss out on a lot if you go it alone.
  • Marvelous Cathedral, the site dating back to the 7th Century formed by St Fin Barre (Catholic) but rebuilt in 1860s under the Church of Ireland (Protestant) but all are welcome. The men at the ticket desk were very friendly and informative. Highly advice to go to the Cathedral Labyrinth outside and beyond the library building.
  • What a beautiful cherub and grounds. The shop keeper is a treasure as well. Thank you for your kindness and for the added history of the church and pieces inside.
  • Amazing cathedral with very intricate craftsmanship on display, both outside and inside. The stained glass is plentiful and impressive, but there is also an abundance of stonework, mosaics and carved marble to appreciate. The helpful guide Steve spent time with us to explain the history of the cathedral and told us the origin stories of many of it's unique features. Highly recommended.
  • The church is very beautiful and we can have a walk around the church and view the architecture. The labyrinth is also very beautiful.

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