St Patricks Cathedral is Ireland's largest church founded beside a scared well where St Patrick is said to have baptised converts around 450. AD. The Cathedral was founded in 1191 and it best know for it's famous Dean Jonathan Swift from 1713 to 1747. Also most famous for performing Handel's Messiah here in 1742. Inside you will find a permenent exhibition that celebrates St Patricks life in the city. Admission Charges for 2011
Unwaged: OAP, student, unemployed €3.50
Family: 2 adults, 2 children (under 16 years) €15.00
St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland. Although many additions have been made over the years, especially during the 19th century when the cathedral was almost entirely restored thanks to a generous donation by the Guinness family, the building originally dates back to the end of the 12th century. It is of course a beautiful church, but what really made the visit interesting for me was the great display on the life and writings of Jonathan Swift, author of "Gulliver's Travels" and Dean of the cathedral from 1713 until his death 1745. Swift was buried in the cathedral next to "Stella", his life-long friend and muse, and both their graves can be seen. Another interesting feature is the Celtic cross that is believed to have marked the spot of the well from which St. Patrick himself drew water to baptize new converts. The grounds around the cathedral are also quite beautiful.
St. Patrick's Cathedral is open to visitors daily. There are no guided tours available, but there are free brochures that describe the highlights of the cathedral. Tickets: 5.50 Euros.
Saint Patrick on his journey through Ireland is said to have passed through Dublin. In a well close to where the cathedral now stands, he is reputed to have baptised converts from paganism to Christianity. To commemorate his visit, a small wooden church was built on this site, one of the four Celtic parish churches in Dublin
Admission Euro 4.50
Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm
sunday closed between 11am & 1pm, 3pm - 4.15pm
there is a virtual guide on the website
The gardens next to the cathedral are very nice & landscaped.
There are some intersting gargoyles on the outside of the building
During my last visit to Dublin I managed to miss the St Patrick's cathedral. Not that strange when one think about how lost I usually get on my sightseeing tours around Europe, but this time I had decided to definitely not miss out on it.
St Patrick's cathedral, built in 1191, is Ireland's biggest church, and it's really impressing. Although I must admit that I thought it to be even bigger before I got there. It's built on the place where St Patrick is said to have baptised the first christians in Ireland.
From the beginning it was made of wood, but in the 1270 the current church stood ready.
From the beginning it was a catholic church, but in the 1500s it was transformed into a protestantic church, despite the fact that most people living around it remained catolics.
It was also because of this the English lord protector Oliver Cromwell used the church as a stable for his horses when he invaded Ireland during the 1600s, to humiliate the catholics even further.
For a few years (1688-1690) the church went back being catholic, but after the protestants won back Ireland in 1690 it once again became protestantic.
Under the church are some famous persons buried, as Jonathan Swift and his wife (?) Stella.
Swift (1667-1745), the author of "Gulliver's travels", is seen as one of the worlds best satirical writers through all times. While living in London he got to know the very young Stella. After a few stormy relationships he ended up with Stella, who it's said that he secretly married.
During the time he also dated Vanessa, which was stupid. Mostly because she out of jealousity wrote to her rival Stella, and both the women then ended their relations with Swift. Rumous did say that it was after this, after all, that he secretly married Stella.
After his death he was buried in St Patrick's cathedral, next to his beloved Stella.
Sadly enough me and my travel partner arrived quite late to the cathedral, so there was never any chance to go inside. If you get the chance, take it!
Next stop is St Patricks Cathedral. Continue down Nicholas Street (standing outside Christchurch looking at Jurys Inn, the 4 lane road going down the right hand side of Jury's look for the 3 children sculpture) St Patricks is just as impressive as christchurch, but is often overlooked. Again look for gargoyles and faces in the stonework. The entrance is around the corner, on the small street on the left. After looking around, go into the park on in front of the church , and leave by the gate over by the small redbrick house.
I thought this would have been a Catholic Cathedral, however on entry and talking to one of the Security people I was informed when built over 800 years ago it was Catholic, however it became Church of Ireland at the time of the Reformation and King Henry VIII.
Much of the present building dates back to work done between 1254 and 1270. Extensive renovations were undertaken during the 1860's through the generosity of the Guiness family.
There is much to see in this Cathedral and you should allocate a minimum of a half hour, possibly extending another hour should you wish to get into the detail. Adult entry is Euro 5.50.
Paying 4 euros you’ll have the right to enter to this magnificient building and enjoy your visit listening to the music of the great organ. It was first created as a church in 1192 and in 1219 get the status of cathedral. There are too much to be seen. See the grave of Jonathan Swift (the author of “the travels of Gulliver”). Also the Celtic tombstones and much more interesting things.
Daily: 9-18 except saturday (nov.-feb) 9-17 and sunday (nov-feb) 10-15
Built in honor of Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick, the current church standing on this site was built between 1200 and 1270. It's the largest church in Ireland, one of the two Church of Ireland cathedrals in Dublin. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, is buried here along with his long term partner Stella.
I didn't visit the interior, currently there is an £5.50 charge to visit and by the time I got to Dublin I was a little "churched out". It's not included on the Heritage Card that I had but it is included in the Heritage Island Touring Guide that mostly gives 2 for 1 discounts on attractions.
I did have a nice break in the garden though, I brought my fish and chip lunch from Leo Burdock just up the street and had a seat on one of the benches admiring the view of the exterior of the cathedral.
St Patrick’s Cathedral is named after St Partick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is said that he baptised converts in a well nearby.
There has been a church on this site since the 5th century but the present building dates from 1191. In 1224 the church got cathedral status. During the centuries the church has been damaged many times, by fire, storms and also in 1649 when Cromwell used the cathedral as stable for the army’s horses. So the cathedral has been restored many times.
Interesting to know is that Jonathan Swift (author of Gulliver’s Travels) was the cathedral dean between 1713 and 1745. He is buried in the church, together with his companion Esther Johnson (Stella).
There is an admission.
The cathedral is open:
Monday – Friday: 9.00 – 17.30
Saturday: 9.00 - 18.30 (March – October), 9.00 – 17.30 (November – February)
Sunday: 9.00 – 11.00, 12.30 – 15.00 and 16.30 – 18.30 (the last hours only in March – October)
...starts back to work here. Critters such as this little spider are always around, you just might not notice them if you're here during the busy part of a day. Come here at 7p on a Sat evening in early Oct however, when even the park aspect of the church complex is shutting down and you are compelled to see the tiny details like this one. Then again, that might just be me...;-))
It might be like swearing in the church, but I actually find the park surrounding the St Patrick's cathedral more impressing than the actual church. It was a very calm atmosphere, where both young and old people sat in the park benches, enjoying the last stings of the sun for the day, while watching the cathedral, or the flowers. Me and my travel companion took a stroll around the park, which was really nice. Only problem was to get out, as all entrances/exits without one were closed.
Make sure when they close it, so you don't get stuck in there... :) Doubt they wouldn't check for extra people in there though.
On his journey through Ireland it is said Saint Patrick has passed through Dublin. In a well close to where the cathedral now stands, he is reputed to have baptised converts from paganism to Christianity. To commemorate his visit, a small wooden church was built on this site, one of the four Celtic parish churches in Dublin.
In 1191, under John Comyn, the first Anglo-Norman archbishop of Dublin, Saint Patrick's was raised to the status of a cathedral and the present building, the largest church in the country, was erected between 1200 and 1270. Over the centuries as the elements, religious reformation and persecution took their toll, the cathedral fell into serious disrepair, despite many attempts to restore it. Eventually between 1860 and 1900 a full-scale restoration based on the original design, was carried out by the Guinness family. A statue of Guinness in the courtyard honours his role in the restoration.
st. patrick's is ireland's largest cathedral. it was founded beside a sacred well where st. patrick is said to have baptized converts around 450AD. the original church was made of wood and in 1192 archbishop john comyn rebult the cathedral in stone. over the centuries st. patrick's has been known as the people's church while christ church was the place of worship of dublin's british establishment. today st. patrick's is the protestant church of ireland's national cathedral.
This photo shows you the enormous proportions of St. Patrick's. In fact, it's the longest medieval church in Ireland. Near the back, on the same side that you'll enter the church is a monument to Jonathan Swift and his beloved Stella, whom he made famous in his famous writings. Both are buried here. There are numerous other monuments to friends of the church throughout the centuries.
This picture hardly does this staircase justice. It's located in a dim corner of the cathedral on the opposite side from which you'll enter the church. It spirals up the the choir, but unfortunately visitors are not permitted to climb up.