CATHEDRAL OPENING HOURS
Monday – Saturday 11am – 4pm.
The Cathedral will broadcast worship each Sunday at 11.15am and you may also join us virtually via www.saintmaryscathedral.ie/worship.
Saint Mary’s Cathedral was founded in 1168 AD and stands majestically over the City of Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon. It is one of the most important medieval buildings to survive intact in Ireland, which is still performing its original function.
It is believed to have been built on the site of a Viking thingmote (meeting place), and later the palace of the O’Brien kings of Thomond. It is an extraordinary building that has been ever-present during invasions, sieges, battles, wars, famines and times of peace. It is also a treasure of Irish religious art.
We encourage you to visit us, whether for worship, reflection, for a self-guided tour, or for a concert or special event.
Visitor Opening Times
Open daily, year round
Monday to Saturday: 11.00 to 16.00h (last admission 15.30h)
Bank Holidays: 11.00 to 15.00h (last admission 14.30h)
Closed: Saint Mary’s Cathedral is closed on December 26 and 27 and on January 1.
Students (with valid ID): €3.50
Children (aged 0 – 10): Free
Souvenir walk-around guides are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.
Buy your tickets online (valid for 365 days from purchase)
You can buy tickets online here on this website. Tickets are instant and the single-visit tickets are valid for use during our opening times within 365 days of your purchase. So, if you are travelling from near or far, you can buy in advance and use at your leisure.
Visiting supports the Cathedral: We are passionate about conserving, preserving and sharing the rich heritage of Saint Mary’s Cathedral. We do not receive any Government or EU funding toward the day-to-day running and maintenance of this historic building. Your support, whether through your admission fees or donations, is important and does make a difference in ensuring that the many and varied aspects of the Cathedral’s life and ministry continue.
Visit Limerick – see www.limerick.ie for more information!
At the estuary of the powerful River Shannon, where the wild
Atlantic waters meet the rushing river, discover Limerick, a
Wild Atlantic Way Gateway City and the perfect base for your
journey along Ireland’s Atlantic edge.
Our mighty tidal river is the lifeblood of Limerick,
its energy flowing through every facet of our city to
offer exciting experiences from the edge of the Wild
Atlantic Way. Take in panoramic views of the mighty
Shannon and its influence on our city as ancient and
modern, from the commanding King John’s Castle to the
collections of the Hunt Museum, and the down-to-earth
determination of our people. Embrace invigorating
hospitality experiences with world-class hotels ready
to revive you after a day of exploration, restaurants
serving the authentic fare of the lush pastures
blanketing Limerick county and the maritime flavours
of the Wild Atlantic Way, and our city’s vibrant nightlife
and edgy music scene.
Chase your adventurous spirit along the rugged
landscapes where the water meets the coast and
uncover the rural majesty of the Wild Atlantic Way
that has inspired thousands of years of language,
literature, music, and dance. Discover the friendly
embrace of the people of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic
coast, and their famous warmth and wit. Welcome the
unexpected with museums, castles, ports, and piers
punctuating your journey. Plus, make sure to take a
liberating swim, surf, or sail in the reviving Atlantic
With limitless possibilities to uncover our city,
county, and coastline, Limerick is the source of
surprise. What will you discover?
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