Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized 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. The Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland (a church of the Anglican communion) and also serves as a popular tourist destination.
On view are a selection of artefacts related to Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels and Dean of the Cathedral from 1713–1745, including his epitaph, death mask, writings and parchment awarding him Freedom of the City of Dublin.
Perhaps more than any other building in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s embodies the history and heritage of Irish people of all backgrounds from the earliest times to the present day.
Open Daily Year Round
See the website for opening times.
ACCESSIBILITY: The Cathedral is wheelchair accessible.
SHOPPING: There is a small gift shop located within the Cathedral where visitors can help support the mission of the Cathedral through purchasing souvenirs of their visit.
PARKING: Free Coach parking is available in the Cathedral Close.
GUIDE TOURS: Free Guided Tours. Audio Guides are also available.
Saint Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8, Ireland
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