St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick

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The city's oldest building still in daily use, St. Mary's Cathedral boasts beautiful architecture and a rich history. This ancient church was founded in 1163 and today is part of the protestant Church of Ireland. Admire the interior and discover its many historical treasures, including the five chandeliers that hang from the ceiling. The largest three were made in Dublin and presented to the cathedral in 1759. On the church grounds look for the United Nations Memorial Plaque, which lists the names of Irish men who died while serving in the United Nations. Put St. Mary's Cathedral into our Limerick online travel planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Limerick.
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  • This cathedral is 1000 years old. Though not nearly as ornate as many cathedrals in Europe, it is still stunning in architecture. A real plus is the lack of crowds. The quiet allows for private contem...  more »
  • We had expected something else, it is indeed a very old building but not really "beautiful". It was a disappointment for us.
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  • While this is a cathedral, it isn't as grand as the word suggests. Sadly, the original plaster was falling off so they removed it and can't afford to replace, so the interior looks very rough and unfi...  more »
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  • St Marys Cathedral Built over 800 years ago, you can really feel the grandeur of the building once you step foot inside. The large stone arches and vaulted roof, looms protectivly over it's inhabitants, and upper storey corridors really imparts the importance yet functionality of the site. As well as religious duties this Cathedral also housed the Bishops of Limerick and provided the perfect environment for undertaking any religious business or entertaining any important guests. I can sit here for hours and imagine the services that would have been said here over the last 800 years, Masses, Christenings, Weddings etc... I can imagine the people who once sat and ate in the bishops great hall, people bustling through the upper corridors busy on the days business. It's the architecture of this building that continues to draw me back to it again and again. The Antiquarian-April
  • Beautiful 800+ year old Cathedral, and very reasonably priced at €4 per person. Sadly, we went the week before a new bishop was being added, so there was lots of cleaning going on, but the history and grandeur of this building was still there. I'm not religious at all, but I love churches because they document history, and this one was well worth the visit.
  • Beautiful historical Church, there is a cemetery where you can walk into and pay respect. When entering you will be asked to contribute 4 EUR to help restoring this beautiful landmark of Limerick.
  • One of the highlights of Limerick visit. Peaceful, beautiful church was quiet and interesting. Informative placards provided interesting highlights of history and descriptions of beautiful stained-glass and historical fittings in the church. Well-worth a visit for the pilgrim or for religious history buff.
  • Very impressive for an 800+ year old church. Went when a girl was auditioning for a violinist position in the choir. The sound reverberating from the old walls really enhances the beauty of the song and building. The stained glass were also intricate and beautiful. Cost 4 euros to enter.

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Enjoy top attractions and vibrant nightlife by staying in a hotel or smaller accommodations in Limerick's city center. The central area is not only the most convenient option, but also the safest option for tourists. Here you'll find plenty of hotels, hostels, and other lodgings that work for any budget. If you like to steer clear of the constant buzz of the city, opt for a bed and breakfast or guesthouse in the countryside surrounding the city; avoid the town's outskirts.
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