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. See Saint Patrick's Cathedral and all Dublin has to offer by arranging your trip with our Dublin itinerary maker.
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  • August 17, 2017
    St. Patrick's is definitely a not to miss site in Dublin - the history, architecture and design are all fascinating. We did not have a long line to get in and never felt crowded because of the many no...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Although Saint Patrick converted and baptized several people in this church, it is now an Anglican cathedral. Its stained glass windows, its body and helmets of the order of St Patrick are key parts of this Cathedral. I recommend to visit it because of the importance that has for the Irish and religious meaning and identity.
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  • August 17, 2017
    It's a beautiful Cathedral and it's worth a visit. We didn't go inside but it's very interesting on the outside as well  more »
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  • April 22, 2017
    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.
  • May 3, 2017
    I didn't actually go in but spent time around the grounds and it was nice. There was a big line and no price posted but heard someone say it was 6.50 who walked out. We saw a lot of churches so decided to skip going in but hang out in the park beside. It was really nice with great flowers. You can get some some good shots of the cathedral as well.
  • June 6, 2017
    This cathedral is stunning. I don't remember there being a few the first time I went, but there is one now. But it's reasonable. It's odd for a church to charge a fee but this one is about restoration I was told. It's beautiful and worth it.
  • June 22, 2017
    Such a rich Irish history source. Beautiful choir singing while touring around. Quiet places for reflection too.
  • March 23, 2017
    Fair warning there is a 6.50€ entrance fee, which is unheard of in all of my travels. As a Catholic it's tough to wrap my head around that this church charges to enter rather than working off of donations. That aside for the moment. The place is historic and beautiful and can be walked through and enjoyed in 30 minutes or less. The gift shop is in the back but still within view of the altar - kinda odd. Another issue besides having to pay to get in, just in case you didn't see that earlier, ;) are the bathrooms. If you identify as a man, their men's bathroom is as big as a thimble. Open the door and you have to maneuver your legs to get in and around the toilet. It's super tight and playing the game of Operation with my legs and the porcelain toilet isn't so appealing - when paying 6.50€ - to get in the church. :)

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