Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

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The resting place of writer Jonathan Swift, Saint Patrick's Cathedral represents the largest church in Ireland. Over a thousand years old, this imposing Gothic structure features a 43 m (140 ft) tall spire, one of the city's major architectural landmarks. Built in honor of Ireland's patron saint, the building stands next to an old well allegedly used by Saint Patrick to baptize converts to Christianity. Pay the small fee to sightsee inside the historical cathedral, which contains fine examples of medieval stained glass and a 4,000-pipe organ, one of Ireland's largest. Check online for a downloadable audio guide and a schedule of daily services, guided tours, and special events. Put Saint Patrick's Cathedral on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dublin online tour planner .
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  • Imposing and sumptuous Cathedral. Located near the Temple Bar. Cost €6 to enter. A good choice for those who enjoy temples.
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  • We ambled into the Cathedral expecting to "do our own thing" but we were met by a gentleman who informed us that a guided tour was imminent. We decided to go along with that and what a result we got! ...  more »
  • Very famous Cathedral with Gothic architecture. I did not like the fact that if you pay to enter. At most, it's a nice spot to visit.
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  • Totally agree with other reviewers who say this is more of an historical tourist site than a religious place. Beautiful building and an interesting view of history that took this from a Catholic Church to Church of Ireland (Protestant). Worth a visit!
  • Definitely worth going on the free guided tour of you're visiting the cathedral, our tour guide was super friendly and extremely knowledgeable! She gave us a perfect insight into the history of the cathedral and it's architecture. Only docked a star as it's extremely busy and touristy - we arrived before 10am and it was already packed, so loses the sense of peace and reflection a bit.
  • It is well worth timing your visit to coincide with the guided tour, which is included in your entry fee. The cathedral has a fascinating history so deeply tied to that of the city. It is beautiful and impressive inside.
  • Very interesting attraction in Dublin. We got there early in the day which I recommend. By the time we were ready to go the Cathedral was getting packed with tourists and school groups. However, in the morning there were only a few groups walking around, it felt like we had the Cathedral to ourselves. The Cathedral is much more than just a church. They have many exhibits set up, describing Ireland's history. Definitely worth stopping by. It is self-guided so you can take as much time as you want.
  • We had a great time at the St. Patrick's Cathedral. The brass etchings were a ton of fun for both adults and children. The death masks and skulls are also incredibly interesting to see.

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Dublin offers everything from luxury hotels to eclectic guesthouses. Explore over 1,000 years of history in the city on foot by staying at one of the hotels or hostels in the city center. The south side of the river has always been a popular place to stay, particularly near Temple University or the tourist nightlife center Temple Bar, but a new crop of attractive options has popped up on the north side as well. For more affordable accommodations, try a hostel or make your way toward St. Stephen's Green for a more comfortable stay at a mid-range hotel. If the artistic spirit of Dublin is what beckoned you, spend your holiday in a guesthouse near the creative Lower Gardiner Street.
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