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Saint Patrick's RC Cathedral

As you approach Armagh, you will notice its most distinctive landmarks right away. From opposite hills, two striking cathedrals face each other across a valley, both honoring St Patrick.

The imposing twin spires of the Cathedral overlook the City from an elevated site. The Cathedral is built on a site known as Tealach na licci (Sandy Hill) where legend has it that Saint Patrick brought a young deer for sanctuary.

Catch your breath at the top of the hill, take in the view of our beautiful city and then enter St Patrick’s Cathedral and wonder at the awe-inspiring interior.

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Visit Saint Patrick’s Cathedral [Catholic] and come face to face with inspiring architecture that continues to attract people from all over the world.

Armagh is the oldest and most venerated of Irish cities and has a long Christian heritage due to its strong links with Saint Patrick. It is the seat of the Catholic archbishop and the twin-spired Cathedral is flanked by two large marble archbishops who gaze across the city from the elevated site.

The Cathedral was built to honour St. Patrick’s memory, the foundation stone laid by Archbishop Crolly on 17th March 1840. The construction of this richly appointed, Italianate church was completed 60 years later. Work had to be suspended temporarily during the Irish potato famine when church monies went to aid victims. Work recommenced in 1854 when J.J McCarthy was appointed as architect. It was dedicated for worship in 1873 but the magnificent interior decoration was not completed until early in the 20th century. The church has been embellished with a lovely carillon and both ancient and modern relics.

Guided and self-guided tours are offered seven days a week. All tours must be pre-booked HERE

Our self-guided tours are catered for with a free app which can be downloaded to any smart device or an information leaflet available in the shop at the back of the Cathedral. All group tours must be booked in advance.

Daily Mass is celebrated on Monday to Friday at 10am, Saturday Vigil at 7pm, Sunday at 9am, 11am and 5.30pm. Guided tours can be accommodated at any other time but must be booked at least two weeks in advance. It is recommended phoning to check opening times of the Cathedral prior to visiting and please note that 48 hours’ notice must be given for any tour cancellations.

Armagh Cathedral (Catholic)

Opening Hours:

Daily Mass is celebrated on Monday to Friday at 10am, Saturday Vigil at 7pm, Sunday at 9am, 11am and 5.30pm. Guided tours can be accommodated at any other time but must be booked at least two weeks in advance. It is recommended phoning to check opening times of the Cathedral prior to visiting.

Please note that 48 hours’ notice must be given for any tour cancellations.

Cathedral Shop Opening Hours:

Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.00pm

Sunday 12 noon – 5.30pm

Prices:

Admission: Free – donations welcome | Pre-booked guided tours cost £2 per person

Directions:

During your guided tour, you will have the opportunity to climb the steeple of the cathedral and listen as the Cathedral bells ring out. On the way down, stop at the choir balcony for the best view of the Cathedral. Guided Tours need to be booked in advance and you need to specify at the time of booking that you would like to see the steeple.

Armagh Cathedral (Catholic) Ceiling

Cathedral Road, Armagh, BT61 7QX

t: +44 [0] 28 3752 2813 [9am-5pm]

w: www.armaghparish.net

e: armaghparish@btconnect.com

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