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 Friday: 09.00 to 17.00h (last admission 16.30h)
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00h (last admission 15.30h)
Sunday: 13.30 to 16.00h (last admission 15.30h)
Closed: Saint Mary’s Cathedral is closed on December 25, 26 and 27 and on January 1.
Students (with valid ID): €3.50
Children (aged 0 – 10): Free
Souvenir walk-around guides are available for €1.00 – 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.