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St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral

Located in Cork City centre, St Fin Barre’s Cathedral is one of the most beautiful and interesting buildings in Ireland. The building is rich in sculptures with over 1260 of them built into the building and St Finbarr himself is said to have founded this school of teaching in the 7th century.

What is the historical background of the Cathedral?

It is believed that the place was used by Christians from the 7th century, first as a monastery.
The original building is said to have stood there until the 11th century when it either fell into disrepair or was destroyed by the Norman conquerors of the British Isles.

A new cathedral was built in the 1730s, which was demolished again in the mid-19th century. Work on the new cathedral began in 1863, the first major project for architect William Burges. The pointed gothic cathedral is rich in sculptures with over 1260 of them built into the building, to name just a handful of historical facts.

What else is the St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral known for?

In addition to the considerable historical background, the cathedral is also known for its choir. The choir consists of male and female singers, choir students and lay vicars. The boys' choir and the girls' choir sing separately with the adults. The Friday prayer at 6.15pm and the Sunday service at 11.15am and 3.30pm are accompanied by the choir.

How do I find the Cathedral from the Imperial Hotel?

Look out for the beautiful building with triple spires made of limestone. St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral is an 11 minute walk, from the Imperial Hotel. You can find the directions here.

What are St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral's opening times and what is the entrance fee?

The St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral is open to visitors from Monday to Saturday and can be visited between 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5.30pm.

Guided tours will take place every hour from 10.30am to 4.30pm. There is no tour at 1.30pm.

An admission fee is charged to maintain the listed building and keep it available to visitors.
Adults: €6 Senior/ Students: €5 Children under 16 are free.

The staff also offers group tours upon request. These can be individually tailored to your needs. Click here to request a group tour.

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