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St. Patrick's Cathedral Tours

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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: 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 (purchased by December 31) 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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  • 5 days
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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
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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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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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Dublin: Self-Guided City Experience

Dublin: Self-Guided City Experience

The fear of missing out is real when you’re traveling – no tourist wants to run the risk of skipping landmarks or attractions just because they didn’t know where they were or how to get there. With the VoxCity app, save yourself the time and anxiety that comes with planning your own self-guided adventures. Take advantage of the app’s detailed offline maps to find highlights that you want to visit, and follow the app’s pre-planned routes to each destination – no puzzling over public transport maps and timetables.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
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Full Day In Dublin With A Local Host

Full Day In Dublin With A Local Host

See Dublin through the eyes of a local with this private walking tour of the Irish capital city. Customize the itinerary according to your interests, dietary requirements, and budget. Visit top attractions like Trinity College and St. Stephen’s Green or explore off the beaten path neighborhoods to catch a glimpse of Dublin’s vibrant music and food culture.
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  • 8 hours
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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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Must See Dublin With A Local: Private & Personalized

Must See Dublin With A Local: Private & Personalized

Check all of Dublin's top attractions off your must-see list with this private full-day tour. With a guide in the lead, you'll be able to focus on the scenery and history of the Irish capital without worrying about navigation and directions. In addition, your guide will show you some hidden gems off the beaten path that most tourists never find. Along the way, you'll get commentary tailored to your interests and recommendations of other places to explore during your trip.
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  • 8 hours
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A Half Day In Dublin With A Local Private & Personalized

A Half Day In Dublin With A Local Private & Personalized

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With colorful history, rich culture, and beautiful city scenery, Dublin is widely considered the jewel in the crown of the Emerald Isle. On this sightseeing tour, explore with a local guide and see sides of the Irish capital many visitors miss. Discover attractions such as Trinity College and Kilmainham Gaol, with the freedom to customize your itinerary to hit the highlights and hidden secrets of most interest.
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  • 4 hours
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Kickstart Your Trip To Dublin With A Local: Private & Personalized

Kickstart Your Trip To Dublin With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Dublin is a UNESCO–listed city home to historic attractions and ancient landmarks—but for those in the know, the Irish capital has a colorful underbelly. With this Dublin walking tour, follow your local guide on a tailor-made route planned with your interests in mind. Hit famous attractions and hidden secrets, and enjoy the chance to get acquainted with Dublin—the jewel in the crown of the Emerald Isle.
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  • 2 hours
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Private And Personalized Experience: See Dublin With A Local

Private And Personalized Experience: See Dublin With A Local

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A local can show you sides of Dublin most tourists don’t see, from their favorite tucked-away coffee shop to the best spot to hear live music. With this private tour, you’ll be matched with a like-minded local who will devise an itinerary customized to suit your interests, whether you want to go sightseeing, find the best food, or pick the brain of a local about life in Ireland’s capital.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
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A Full Day In Dublin With A Local: Private & Personalized

A Full Day In Dublin With A Local: Private & Personalized

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When you’re visiting a city for the first time, it can be hard to experience it from a local’s perspective. On this tour, you’ll be matched up with a like-minded Dublin host who will create an itinerary based upon your interests and inclinations. As it’s a private and personalized experience, you’ll receive their undivided attention throughout the day.
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  • 8 hours
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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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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
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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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$519.30
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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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$35.72
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Guinness Storehouse Fast-Track Ticket and Big Bus Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Guinness Storehouse Fast-Track Ticket and Big Bus Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Maximize a short stay in Dublin with easy and efficient hop-on hop-off bus transport and fast-track access to the Guinness Storehouse. See as much of the city as possible, and get familiar with key sights as you listen to live commentary on board the open-top bus, then avoid lines at one of the capital’s most popular, and therefore busy, attractions.
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  • 2 hours 25 minutes
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$47.00
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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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$487.87
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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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$768.39
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Private+ spec: Dublin City & Bay Authentic Experience Private Tour

Private+ spec: Dublin City & Bay Authentic Experience Private Tour

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*Private+ Private+ Dublin City & Bay Experience Tour 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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$810.41
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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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$813.42
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2 Hours Historical Walking Tour through Dublin with a Local

2 Hours Historical Walking Tour through Dublin with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Discover the historical side of Dublin with a passionate local who wants to share all the historical and fun facts about Dublin. Our excursion starts at Patrick's Cathedral. Learn about how the city has grown and changed over time. From visiting the churches to discovering the history behind the Spire or even getting to know more about the history of Whiskey, discover unique sites that an ordinary tourist tour won’t show you. We always knew travelling was the best way of learning, but having a knowledgeable Local by your side to give you insider tips and share local secrets is even better! Of course, if you want to learn about something in particular or have a special interest, just let me know, and I will adjust the itinerary for you!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.84
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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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