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Saint Patrick's Cathedral Dublin
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Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where Saint Patrick is said to have baptised converts on his visit to Dublin. 

The parish church of Saint Patrick on this site was granted collegiate status in 1191, and raised to cathedral status in 1224. The present building dates from 1220. Over the past 800 years the building has experienced and survived wars, revolutions and reformations. The Cathedral is the final resting place for approximately 700 people including world famous author Jonathan Swift who was a Dean of the Cathedral.  

Saint Patrick’s is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland (a church of the Anglican Communion) and also serves as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland, welcoming 532,000 visitors in 2015.

Perhaps more than any other building in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral embodies the history and heritage of Irish people of all backgrounds from the earliest times to the present day.

Highlights include:
  • The newly restored 13th century Lady Chapel of the Cathedral
  • The Tree of Remembrance - a stark reminder of the effect of conflict on humanity
  • The tomb of Jonathan Swift
  • The Discovery Space, which includes interactive digital content on the Cathedral’s history and brass rubbings
  • Early Christian Grave Slabs 
  • A beautiful stained glass window telling the story of the life of Saint Patrick in 39 different images

Visitor Information

Open Year Round

March - October
Monday - Friday 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday 09:00 - 10:30, 12:30 - 14:30, 16:30 - 18:30

November - February
Monday - Friday 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 10:30, 12:30 - 14:30

Contact Details

Saint Patrick's Cathedral,
Saint Patrick's Close, Dublin 8

T: +353 (0)1 453 9472

Closed: See St. Patrick’s website for closure dates. Note that the Cathedral may close at short notice to facilitate a service

Last admission: 25 minutes before closing

Approx. visit duration: 30 to 60 minutes 


Admission Prices 2016

Adult: €6.00
Senior (aged 65+): €5.00
Student (with valid ID): €5.00
Child (aged 0-10): Free
Family (2 adults & 2 children): €15.00


Other Useful Information

Free leaflets and site map available in Irish, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Mandarin. Audio guides available in English at a charge. 

On-site gift shop. 

Paid car parking available off-site. Free coach parking on-site.

Fully accessible with accessible toilets. 

Group rates available (minimum 10 people). Pre-booking required.  


  • Nominated as one of the 'Best Attractions in Ireland' at the Irish Tourism Awards 2014.
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014


Map Location

Saint Patrick's is situated in the heart of the city, only 10 minutes walk from St Stephen's Green and the Grafton Street area.

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Saint Patrick's Cathedral Dublin



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