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St. Patrick's Cathedral Tours and Activities

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St. Patrick's Cathedral
The largest church in Ireland, the majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral has borne witness to nearly 800 years of Irish history. The church was supposedly founded on the site where Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, baptized converts and is known for its exquisite stained-glass windows, marble statues, and medieval tiling. St. Patrick’s is as much a significant spot for literary pilgrims as it is for their religious counterparts; Jonathan Swift, the esteemed author of “Gulliver’s Travels” once served as dean here and is now buried within its gray stone walls.
 
The Basics
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is one of Dublin’s most-visited historical attractions and an essential stop for any history buff. A stop at the 13th-century building is included on most Dublin sightseeing tours, along with nearby attractions such as Trinity College and Temple Bar. It’s also a stop on hop-on hop-off bus tours in Dublin. To fully appreciate the symbolic significance of the cathedral’s many features and avoid the lines that can form at busy times, opt for a guided tour with skip-the-line-access.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Travelers can explore independently or take part in guided tours, which take place several times daily from Monday to Saturday.
  • The cathedral is wheelchair accessible.
  • The Dublin Pass includes cathedral entry.
  • Take time to stroll through the adjacent St. Patrick’s Park, a grassy square with perfectly framed views of the cathedral.
 
How to Get There
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is located in the heart of Dublin city center, within easy strolling distance of several other big-name attractions, including Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. Ride the Luas Green Line tram to the terminus, St. Stephen’s Green; St. Patrick’s is about a 10-minute walk from there. Dublin Bus run several routes (49, 54a, 56a, 77a, and 151) to the cathedral.
 
When to Get There
St. Patrick’s is open year-round. Summer mornings in July and August tend to draw the biggest crowds. Join a skip-the-line tour to avoid waiting around, or plan your visit for late afternoon instead when the cathedral empties out.
 
How to Hear the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir
The cathedral has its own choir, which belts out hymns during morning and evening services. The choir performs during school terms only, with varying service times. All are welcome to attend services and no tickets are required.


Address: Dublin, Province of Leinster, Ireland
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:30am-5pm. Mar-Oct: open Saturday from 9am-6pm, Sunday 9am-10:30am, 12:30pm-2:30pm, 4:30pm-6pm. Nov-Feb: open Saturday from 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-10:30am, 12:30pm-2:30pm
Admission: Adults: €6.50
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Dublin: Skip-the-Line St Patrick's Cathedral & Irish Literary Tour

Dublin: Skip-the-Line St Patrick's Cathedral & Irish Literary Tour

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Discover top Dublin attractions and enjoy skip-the-line entry to St Patrick’s Cathedral on this 2.5-hour Dublin walking tour. Beat the queues at St Patrick’s Cathedral and head straight inside with your guide. Admire beautiful statues and colorful stained-glass windows, and learn of St Patrick — Ireland’s famous patron saint. Delve deep into Dublin’s medieval quarter and visit Dublin Castle, where centuries of ancient history come to life. Explore the gardens and towers, and learn of the many important roles the castle has played in its checkered past.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 30 Attractions

Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 30 Attractions

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Design your own ideal (and cost-efficient) tour of Dublin’s top things to do and see with the Dublin Pass and see attractions such as Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery Bow St., and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. With your single- or multi-day ticket, visit brew houses, museums, castles, cathedrals and more. Explore the city at your leisure on a hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing tour. Enjoy skip-the-line access to popular sites and discounts at city restaurants and shops. With free entry to more than 25 attractions around town, the Dublin Pass offers something for the whole family. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 1 to 5 days
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Best Of Dublin Historical Walking Tour

Best Of Dublin Historical Walking Tour

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Visit Dublin’s top sites on this guided, 2.5-hour, historical walking tour. See famous landmark locations like Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Temple Bar and many more. Stroll along the cobbled alleyways and learn about the city’s medieval past. Also, receive a discount at the Church, a popular café, bar, restaurant, club and tourist attraction rolled into one, and Abbey Theatre, also known as the National Theatre of Ireland. A complimentary map of Dublin is included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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See Dublin By Bike

See Dublin By Bike

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Explore Ireland’s buzzing capital on two wheels on this Dublin bike tour. Spin along Dublin’s stylish Fade Street with your guide. Take in top attractions and landmarks including College Green, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Brewery, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Temple Bar. Explore the Georgian streets around Parnell Square and Merrion Square, and gain insight into Dublin’s rich history. Head off the tourist trail to hidden spots such as the Roe Distillery’s windmill and Blessington Street Basin, then delve into the Grand Canal Dock area.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Full-day Private Dublin City Highlights Tour

Full-day Private Dublin City Highlights Tour

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Discover Dublin’s historic landmarks and famous attractions on a private tour tailor-made for you. With a personal guide and private vehicle, enjoy a customized full-day tour and visit sights such as the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, or Malahide Castle; jump out to see Trinity College and St Patrick Cathedral; or escape the crowds in Phoenix Park or Howth village.
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  • 8 hours
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Dublin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Dublin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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When your cruise ship docks, hit the streets on this sightseeing shore excursion that's perfect for everyone. Experience the beauty, history and culture of Dublin during a popular hop-on, hop-off bus sighting tour. Discover the best of the Emerald Isle, including historic buildings, iconic sites, ancient landmarks and vibrant nightlife at your own pace. With 28 stops along the way--including the Old Jameson Distillery, the National Art Gallery, St Patrick's Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse--this popular option ensures you don't miss a thing!
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Afternoon Tea Bus Tour in Dublin

Afternoon Tea Bus Tour in Dublin

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Combine a sightseeing tour of Dublin with afternoon tea served on a vintage double-decker bus. The itinerary includes famous landmarks such as the Guinness Brewery, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christchurch, Wood Quay, O’Connell Street, Trinity College, Georgian Dublin, and others. See the sights while enjoying a cup of seasonal tea or coffee along with some delicacies.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Stories of Dublin: An audio tour from St Patrick's Cathedral to Merrion Square

Stories of Dublin: An audio tour from St Patrick's Cathedral to Merrion Square

This self-guided audio walking tour is a trip back in time to explore some of Dublin's most iconic landmarks. We’ll take in some of Georgian Dublin along with city parks, traditional bars, cathedrals and many other famous sites on a stroll across this charm-laden city. You’ll also hear fun facts and tales about its history, culture and people – like rock band U2 and the rebellious Daniel O'Connell as well more ordinary folk. While we walk you’ll notice how lively Dublin is with some 751 pubs. A lot of them are beautifully decorated, but O'Neill's opposite the Molly Malone statue is one of the best on our route. The food is excellent too. Dublin also has an abundance of museums. There are 45 in all and most of them are free to visit. Two of the best are the National History Museum and the Little Museum of Dublin. I’ll guide you to both of them, and I highly recommend popping into them either before, after or during our tour.
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  • 2 days 13 hours 15 minutes
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Dublin City Half Day Private Luxury Chauffeur Guided Tour.

Dublin City Half Day Private Luxury Chauffeur Guided Tour.

We custom build and design tours of Dublin City and it's surrounding areas. Experience a half day tour taking many of the highlight attractions that Dublin City has to offer. Our tour starts with a visit to the beautiful Phoenix Park. It's 11km wall encloses its 707 hectares; it is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. The Irish Government is lobbying UNESCO to have this fantastic park designated as a world heritage site. We also take in the areas of The Guinness Brewery, Dublin Castle, Dublin Zoo, St.Stephens Green, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral, The National Museum, Trinity College, National Botanical Gardens and many more sites.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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US$ 529.26
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Walking Tour Dublin South Side

Walking Tour Dublin South Side

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Maximize time in Dublin with a walking tour of the south side of the River Liffey. Cover top city landmarks including the O’Connell Street Bridge, Trinity College, Temple Bar, and Dublin Castle. Learn about the history of attractions such as Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Choose a departure time that is convenient for your schedule. A coffee break is included.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Dublin Private Tour: The 7 Wonders of the City Center Exploration Game

Dublin Private Tour: The 7 Wonders of the City Center Exploration Game

Discover the rich history and culture of Dublin, uncovering both popular ‘wonders’ (the pride of Dublin) and hidden gems of the city. Solve clues on your phone and find out unknown stories about each place. Are you up for an adventure? + Discover some remarkable landmarks as well as some genuine secrets of Dublin + Use the adventure to delve into the hidden details of the city all around you +Reveal the connection between the alien world and the human world as we know it +Try a new type of experience, the perfect mix between a tour, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. After you buy the quest, you’ll receive your access code by e-mail, to be used in the app. The tour will take you up to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so go at your own pace.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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The Best Of Dublin Walking Tour

The Best Of Dublin Walking Tour

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Instead of burying your nose in a guidebook or trying to spot what the guide’s talking about from inside a crowded tour bus, don’t miss a thing as you discover Dublin by foot on this compact center-city walking tour. With a private guide by your side, discover the history of the city through its landmarks, from the age of Vikings to the present day. Visit historic and cultural landmarks like Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral and much more.
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes
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Most of Dublin, in a day, on foot. History, politics, culture & architecture!

Most of Dublin, in a day, on foot. History, politics, culture & architecture!

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Lose yourself on the streets of Dublin and discover the city on your own terms on this full-day walking tour. With your own private guide, build an itinerary that reflects what you’re interested in – or visit some of the city’s historical and cultural highlights on a sightseeing experience curated by your guide. Whatever your tastes and curiosities, build a walking tour that works for you.
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  • 8 hours
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US$ 415.75
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Dublin City & Bay + Dublin pubs Bucket List & live Irish music private day tour

Dublin City & Bay + Dublin pubs Bucket List & live Irish music private day tour

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Can't decide between a Dublin city & bay private tour or Dublins world famous pubs & whiskey scene? Now you don't need to choose between the two! Enjoy an authentic Irish experience and exploration of Dublin city & bay followed by a selection of classic Dublin pubs, only the very best. Phenomenal Guinness, Irish craft beer, Irish whiskey and traditional Irish music. In addition to some of your classic Dublin sightseeing, I cover the heavyweight pieces of Irish history that still shape our character and the land itself today, namely 'an gorta mor' (the great hunger) and the 1916 Easter Rising and our Dublin pub culture that is unrivalled for its craic (fun). We will have plenty of fun along the way too! including some great Irish traditional music which tell stories of their very own. An executive taxi means we are permitted in bus lanes, so no sitting in traffic! Along the way, we'll stop for some 'soakage' aka good Irish food before you have beers ;) See you in Dublin. . Éamonn
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  • 8 hours
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Dublin City & Bay Private Tour

Dublin City & Bay Private Tour

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Dublin City & Bay Private Tour by ChaperoneVIP is a high quality custom tour in Dublin which specifically includes no 'Big Tourism' attractions with their associated crowds and with a sharp focus on safety and peace of mind for my guests. All government regulations & recommendations adhered to. New face masks (where necessary) & hand sanitizer is provided for you. In addition to bottled water & Irish chocolates :) This original custom tour is a fun mix of Irish history, traditional Irish music, coastal scenery, our famous Dublin pub culture & of course why we love Guinness so much and has been operational pre-2020 as my no.1 tour! As we drive, you'll learn about our brave revolutionaries, Ireland's emigration & the famine, religion, the language, Guinness brewery history & lots more. When its time for lunch or a pint, I'll book you in to only where is quality, safe and right for you and I'll take care of you all day like you are my own! See you in Dublin! Éamonn
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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My Authentic Dublin: History, Music, Locals & Pubs - Private Day Tour Experience

My Authentic Dublin: History, Music, Locals & Pubs - Private Day Tour Experience

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Totally bespoke Dublin tour unique to you based on our chat and I will do the rest! My tour style is: History - Music - The Craic (fun) - Real Pubs These 4 elements will give you an understanding of Irish culture such as we discover the 1916 Revolution, the catastrophic Great Hunger of the mid 19th century, Viking Dublin, classic Dublin pubs culture, religious Ireland, Irish America, scenic Dublin bay & more. Traditional Irish music throughout. Once you book the tour, we will coordinate which of the optional stops which are important to you and I can put the bespoke tour together for you. An Authentic Dublin Experience is to learn the real Dublin, meet the locals with a local and to see the sides of Dublin that also exist outside of the well worn tourist trail. Hope to see you soon in Dublin, Éamonn
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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The Best Of Dublin Walking Tour

The Best Of Dublin Walking Tour

Discover the best of Dublin! Why the city was named (Dubh Linn) "black pool"? How were vikings related to it? Enjoy intriguing architecture, history, events, and stories right back to its Viking and medieval origins. Dublin has so many great locations, each with its own fascinating tale. During this tour, we will also skirt past many obscure places that will either leave a smile on your face or come as a complete surprise. You will see 18th century Parliament House and Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university. Before wheeling around buildings, streets and laneways with their own engaging stories on the way to Dublin Castle. What is so extraordinary about Chester Beatty Library? What's so special about medieval St Patrick’s Cathedral? How old is Christ Church Cathedral? What is the story of Bram Stoker and his Dracula? Where you can find the knights and ghost? During this tour, we are not going inside the object.
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes
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Cycle Tours in Dublin

Cycle Tours in Dublin

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Explore Dublin by bike with our experienced and friendly guides. Enjoy a unique eco-friendly tour of our amazing city. Our tour is a great way to find your way around Dublin at a nice relaxed pace, while at the same time covering a lot of ground! Discover Viking & Norman Dublin. See where the Lords & Ladies lived in Georgian Dublin. Hear about the many rebellions that took place and the heroes that led them. Discover where famous writers like James Joyce and Jonathan Swift lived and wrote. Find out where St. Valentine's heart is and where Dracula was written. Hear about Dublin's famous musicians such as U2, The Dubliners, Sinead O'Connor and much, much more The tour is around 2.5 hours long and suitable for cyclists of all ages and experience. We will supply you with helmets and reflective belts. Dress for the weather!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Driver Guided Tour of Dublin

Private Driver Guided Tour of Dublin

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Do Dublin your way with this customizable private tour of the city. There’s no need to waste time studying maps or waiting for public transport with a guide to drive you around. As a history graduate and genealogist, your guide can also share information on Dublin’s history and heritage, as well as its most interesting sights, from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the Ha'penny Bridge.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Dublin city throug the ages full day private tour

Dublin city throug the ages full day private tour

We can definitely name Dublin as one of the top cities in the world to visit. Dublin is Ireland’s capital and largest city, offering an endless number of museums, attractions, and entertainment options. We have included in this tour all the main highlights of the city - so if you have only one day - we recommend to book this tour and enjoy this amazing city. Your guide will pick you up at the reception of your hotel or from your cruise ship. You will have a sightseeing tour both walking and driving with photo stops. The main attractions you will see are Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Guinness Brewery, Georgian Dublin, Trinity College. During the day you will have time to have a lunch – your guide will suggest you the best options. At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to the place you are staying.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Secrets of Dublin private walking tour

Secrets of Dublin private walking tour

The best way to discover the charming city of Dublin is a guided walk through the best sights a friendly local expert. To stroll through the hidden streets, to see the things which are mot mentioned in the popular guide websites and could not be found in guidebooks. To listen to the history of the city, legends, and secrets, to drink a coffee in the oldest pub in the city. Are you expressed? We are! Your guide will pick you up in your hotel or from your cruise ship. You will start your tour from historic O Connell Street and explore all the city throughout the city both Northside and Southside stopping off at key locations along the way. During your way, you will have a coffee stop to have a little rest and listen to another amazing story. At the end of the tour, your guide will help you to call a taxi back or suggest the place to have the best dinner in the city and leave you at that place.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Dublin Old City - From Viking origins to modern times

Dublin Old City - From Viking origins to modern times

Informative and interesting tour where the guide will bring the past to life with lighthearted stories & anecdotes rather than just hard dates and cold facts
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Senza Meta / Out & About, certificate Dublin walking tour guide

Senza Meta / Out & About, certificate Dublin walking tour guide

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I'm a certificate Failte Ireland national guide, I love this country its history, folklore, heritage and culture. In two hours and half we will visit the most iconic touristic venues and we will walk through the locals areas where we will meet those locals you won't meet in the city centre enjoying a good cake and local stories
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Best of Dublin

Best of Dublin

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Discover the best of Dublin and enjoy the fascinating history and architecture to the Vikings and the medieval origins. You get a free city map of Dublin - illustrated by Pat Liddy himself! Make full use of your ticket and make use of great discounts with our partners. Visit our help page to find out more.
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are St. Patrick's Cathedral hours of operation?
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St. Patrick's Cathedral hours of operation: Mon-Fri: 9:30am-5pm. Mar-Oct: open Saturday from 9am-6pm, Sunday 9am-10:30am, 12:30pm-2:30pm, 4:30pm-6pm. Nov-Feb: open Saturday from 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-10:30am, 12:30pm-2:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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