St. Patrick's Cathedral - Plan Your Visit

What can I expect
  • Discover Ireland's largest cathedral!
  • Hear the sounds of one of Ireland's most famous choirs.
  • See the Door of Reconciliation, and discover where the expression "to chance your arm" originated
  • Experience beautiful Gothic architecture and stained glass windows.
  • Learn about Jonathan Swift, a former Dean of St. Patrick's.

St Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin

Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands beside the well where Saint Patrick is said to have baptised the Irish people into Christianity. Part of Ireland’s history for over 800 years, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Dublin. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral offers visitors a compelling cultural experience and is one of the most spectacular buildings in Ireland.

Why visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral?

Exterior of St. Patrick's Cathedral Dublin

St. Patrick's Cathedral is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and is Ireland's largest cathedral. The Cathedral now serves as a place of worship, a visitor attraction and as a host for many iconic events.

Built in 1220, the Cathedral hosts services (twice daily Sunday - Friday). At the stunning cathedral, visitors will see a selection of artifacts relating to Jonathan Swift. Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels, was Dean of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in the 1700s and he is one of many burials on site.

The cathedral also features a Discovery Space with iPads playing sounds from the choir and touch screen technology illuminating the cathedral’s long history. Perhaps more than any other building in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral embodies the history and heritage of all Irish people of all backgrounds from the earliest times to the present day.

Since Saint Patrick baptised Christian converts nearby over 1500 years ago, this holy site has been a place of spiritual encounter for countless generations.

Guided Tours at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Learn more about the Cathedral by taking a guided tour. Guided tours take place regularly throughout the day. Ask at the front desk upon arrival for the time of the next tour.

Interior of St. Patrick's Cathedral Dublin

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Tickets

You can buy entry tickets for St. Patrick’s Cathedral direct from the St. Patrick's Cathedral website. Your fee will help maintain the stunning cathedral for years to come.

Where is St. Patrick's Cathedral?

The Cathedral is located at the junction of Patrick Street and Upper Kevin Street. It is located close to Christ Church Cathedral, Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Dublinia, and Guinness Storehouse.

Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

The DoDublin Hop-On Hop-Off Tour has a designated stop right outside the Cathedral. City Sightseeing Tour and Big Bus Dublin also have stops at the cathedral.

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus have many routes passing by St. Patrick's Cathedral, including the 49, 54A, 56A, 77A, and 151. Check Dublin Bus for more details.

Walk

From Trinity College Dublin, the Cathedral is 1km approx walking distance - this is a 16 minute walk approx. (On the way, take in the iconic Dublin Castle and the Chester Beatty Library

Cycle

Getting to St. Patrick's Cathedral by bike is relatively easy. If you're using a Dublin Bike, there are stands at Francis St. and Christ Church Place.

Interior of St. Patrick's Cathedral Dublin

Attractions closeby include the award-winning Teeling Whiskey Distllery (just 500 metres away), and Dublinia.

 

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