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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. Make St Fin Barre's Cathedral a centerpiece of your Cork vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Cork travel itinerary maker.
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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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  • Heard the big organ being played during my visit - ornate and peaceful place to worship. Take a little time ti enjoy it while in Cork. I liked the little pamphlet that helps guide you around.  more »
  • Very beautiful church, inside and out. Lots of history. We really enjoyed visiting here. Would definitely recommend to visitors of Cork  more »
  • This Church is impressive and very beautiful. There is a lot to see and just to get the history is fascinating. The cool thing I thought was that the guy who sold the ticket gave me an introduction an...  more »
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  • Very nice and old style Gothic like cathedral that takes you back in time.
  • Driving along a street in Cork and came across this gorgeous cathedral. I'm not an expert however believe the style is Gothic. The iron fence surrounding the property was a great addition to the picture of the church in the background.
  • Unfortunately there was a service on at the time of our visit so we were unable to go inside but if the exterior is anything to go by it is probably absolutely stunning! From the outside you can see a large circular part of the building which I can only assume is a side chapel. I'm sorry to hear that they actually charge you to go in because we are all happy to give what we can afford which will be more for some than others and it will prevent people who want to go in for quiet prayer too.
  • Absolutely wonderful place. You should go to the Gardens, that are very beautiful
  • Beautiful cathedral. A few gentlemen were having fun at the organ. Just AWESOME!