St. Patrick's Cathedral picture1 of 3
St. Patrick's Cathedral2 of 3
Jeremy Voisey/Getty Images

Key Info

St Patrick's Close, Wood Quay

Details

Churches/Religious Sites Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.7scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Dublin and the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland. Built on the site where St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts some 600 years earlier, this massive cathedral was erected between 1220 and 1259 with major restorations beginning in the 1860s. It remains one of the few buildings still standing from medieval Dublin.

Today, this is one of the most renowned and beloved churches in the world, hosting about 500,000 visitors annually. While you're here, make sure to spend plenty of time admiring the towering vaulted ceilings and the delicate details that accompany the Gothic style. Another must-see here is the tomb of famous author Jonathan Swift, author of "Gulliver's Travels."

Recent visitors said the cathedral is not to be missed thanks to its beautiful architecture and rich history, though they do warn that it can get crowded and loud if you don't visit in the morning before the tourist crowds descend.

St. Patrick's Cathedral sits just west of Dublin's central core. Still a working church, the cathedral is open to the public every day; hours vary depending on the season and the day. Generally, the cathedral is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. on Saturday with varying hours on Sunday to accommodate worship services. Admission is 7 euros (about $8.25) for adults and 6 euros (about $7) for students. Families with two adults and two children 15 and younger pay 17 euros (around $20). If you purchased a Dublin Pass, your admission fee is waived. You can take a self-guided tour at your leisure, or you can request a free guided tour (a recommendation from past visitors) on the cathedral's website. Along with restrooms, there is also a gift shop on-site.

See all Hotels in Dublin »

More Best Things To Do in Dublin

Trinity College and The Book of Kells1 of 16
Chester Beatty Library2 of 16
Type
Time to Spend
#1 Trinity College and The Book of Kells

Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College is Ireland's oldest and most notable college. Among its alumni are such renowned writers as Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. Today, visitors from around the world come to explore the college's verdant campus and towering Gothic-style halls.

But the real reason to visit is to take a gander inside the Old Library. These hallowed halls house an amazing collection of literature. Of all the books at the Old Library, the most famous and priceless one is the "Book of Kells." This illustrated version of the gospels was created around A.D. 800 by Celtic monks. The manuscripts' pages come to life with vibrantly hued depictions of Christ and his followers, bordered by intricate Celtic knots and other designs. Whether or not you're religious, previous visitors agreed that seeing the "Book of Kells" in person is truly a sacred experience. Although some visitors complained of crowds in the library, most agreed the "Book of Kells" is a must-see.

Read more
Federica Grassic/Getty Images
See full list of Best Things To Do in Dublin »

Explore More of Dublin

Recommended

The 6 Best Sedona Jeep Tours

Take a rollicking ride through Sedona's natural beauty in a rugged SUV.

Holly JohnsonJuly 16, 2019

The 12 Top Florida Keys Beaches

Relax on the sandy shorelines from Key West to Key Largo.

Gwen PratesiJuly 15, 2019

The 15 Best New Orleans Walking Tours

Take on the Big Easy with a stroll through its streets.

Lyn MettlerJuly 15, 2019

The 8 Best Charleston Ghost Tours

Experience the Holy City's history and haunts on one of these excursions.

Holly JohnsonJuly 12, 2019

The 5 Best Oahu Helicopter Tours

Tour this picturesque island from the air on one of these excursions.

John RodwanJuly 11, 2019

The 15 Best Los Angeles Tours

Maximize your time in Los Angeles with the insider tips and historical context provided by the best local tours.

Kyle McCarthyJuly 3, 2019

The 15 Best Las Vegas Tours

See a different side of Sin City – its attractions go beyond gambling.

John RodwanJuly 2, 2019

The 10 Best San Diego Boat Tours

Explore this coastal city's sights with a relaxing boat excursion.

John RodwanJuly 1, 2019

The 15 Best Nashville Tours

Engage with the city's country roots on one of these tours.

Lyn MettlerJune 28, 2019

14 Top Finger Lakes Wineries to Visit

Head to upstate New York's winemaking region for scenery, history and lots of vino.

Kyle McCarthyJune 27, 2019