Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest Cathedral in Ireland and is the National Cathedral for the Church of Ireland. One of Ireland’s biggest and most popular visitor attractions and one of our top things to do in Dublin, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral was first built by the Anglo-Norman Bishop, John Comyn in 1192. The Cathedral is named after the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, and is reportedly built on sacred ground where Saint Patrick himself baptised Irish heathens.
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has been at the heart of Dublin and Ireland’s cultural history for over 800 years. During the stay of Oliver Cromwell in Dublin in 1659, the Commonwealth’s Lord Protector stabled his horses in the nave of the cathedral to show his disdain for the Anglican religion. The Cathedral is also the resting place for one of the world’s most famous literary giants, Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, who was the Dean of the Cathedral from 1713 to 1745 and whose grave can still be seen alongside his long-time companion Esther Johnson.
Today the Cathedral is open to all people as an architectural and historical site, but principally as a place of worship. A small charge is made for those visiting for sightseeing and these contributions directly support the future of this holy and historic building.
Address: St. Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8.
Tel: (01) 4539472
Hop off the CityScape Tour at: Stop 26 St Patrick’s Close (see Route Map)
Group rates available for groups of 10 or more people.
March to October:
Mon-Fri: 09.30-17.00 | Sat: 09.00-18.00 | Sun: 09.00-10.30, 12.30-14.30 & 16.30-18.00
November to February:
Mon-Fri: 09.30-17.00 | Sat: 09.00-17.00 | Sun: 09.00-10.30 & 12.30-14.30