St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Patrick's Cathedral © Tony Webster
Ireland's largest church, St Patrick's Cathedral is erected on the site where St. Patrick is believed to have baptized his converts to the Christian faith when he visited Dublin. The current building dates back to the 12th century, although it has been restored and altered over the years. Jonathan Swift was dean of St. Patrick's from 1713 to 1745, during which time he penned Gulliver's Travels. Visitors can still see his tomb and pulpit. There are many tombs and memorials in the cathedral and it is interesting to get a guided tour to learn more about all the history on show. The cathedral has a nice little gift shop and really lovely grounds to enjoy. Right next to the church there is Marsh's Library, which is worth a visit for anybody interested in old, rare and unusual books. The cathedral still has daily services, which are open to the public - the church has a particularly impressive Boys Choir. Touristic visitors have to pay a small fee for entry and all admission fees go towards maintenance of the magnificent building. If, however, you want to attend a service to worship you don't have to pay admission. The cathedral is sometimes closed for special services - check the website for details.
Address: St Patrick's Close
Telephone: (0)1 453 9472
Opening times: March to October: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 9am-10:30am, 12:30pm-2:30pm, 4:30pm-6pm. November to February: Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-3pm.
Admission: €5.50 adults, concessions available.