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Down Cathedral

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Address: Downpatrick, Northern Ireland
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St. Patrick is buried here, but that's not all you'll see here.......

Down Cathedral offers more than just your typical restored centuries-old church because not only do you see the Bishop's Throne, the Judges' Boxes & the old boxpews, but on the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Magnolia, Tx.

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Magnolia, Tx.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Down Cathedral offers more than just your typical restored centuries-old church because not only do you see the Bishop's Throne, the Judges' Boxes & the old boxpews, but on the grounds is the final burial place of the remains of St. Patrick, St. Brigid & St. Columcille, the patron saints of Ireland. Each of them were originally buried elsewhere, but... More 

1 Thank cmb2
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

I wanted to see the replica Downpatrick High Cross outside the Cathedral after seeing the real thing that has now been housed in the museum. After looking at the replica cross outside, I popped inside. It is a small cathedral. The nicest things in it are the mosaics on the floor depicting Celtic scenes like those from the Book of... More 

Thank CelticRoseTravelling
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Supposedly the place where St Patrick is buried. The cathedral itself is not that interesting but the small town is well worth a visit especially if it's combined with using the ferry to cross the loch. Take care if you're hoping to visit the museum of railways as when we went it was closed even though according to all the... More 

Thank oldboyIpswich
Lake Arrowhead, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We visited this point of interest on May 13,2016 as part of a tour stop. Being Catholic, I felt touched to visit the grave of the Patron Saint of Ireland. So, my trip was a little more than historical. The cathedral is a beautiful work of architecture and art and so well kept by the people of Ireland.

Thank Roberta A
Middlewich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Visited especially to see st Patrick's grave. Lovely building Kept we'll with modern touches. Would visit again

Thank keithineson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

we had a short tour with the resident guide and visited the traditional grave of St. Patrick outside the church. Much of all things here are based on handed down tradition.

Thank Mimickinga
Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Nice photo opportunity even on a rainy day. Presentation on the church and Saint Patrick was quite informative. After the presentation at the church, took in a video presentation at the visitor centre, followed by a nice lunch upstairs in the centre. Not the high point of my travels in Ireland, but still worth some time if you are in... More 

Thank Michael M C
Craigavon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Down Cathedral has a history that can be traced back to the 12th century and is worth going to see.It is a stunning sight when walking up the hill.Even though the cathedral is beautiful inside I was unimpressed with the automatic glass doors which opened as soon as you go anywhere near them.Even though they would give easier access to... More 

Thank mobile_6
Inverness, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We finished our mini pilgrimage from Saul Church here. What a let down. Of course I understand the situation in Northern Ireland in respect of religious divisions, but St Patrick 'belongs' to all denominations in Ireland, so I might have expected to see some evidence of recognition of this in the cathedral that bears his name. As a Scottish Episcopalian... More 

Thank Sanz1820
Onalaska, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Beautiful church and legend of three saints. Some say Patrick and two other saints buried here and large rock place there as folks wanted to take some of the soil over the grave and many feared he would be dug up according to the story. Combine this with the St Patrick center for the best experience

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