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Saint Mary’s Cathedral, founded in 1168 A.D., stands majestically over the city of Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon.

Discover Saint Mary’s Cathedral, said to be built on the site of a Viking Thingmote (meeting place), and later was the palace of the O’Briens, the former Kings of Munster.

Explore this extraordinary building that has been ever present during invasions, sieges, battles, wars, famines and times of peace. Keep an eye out for its historical Irish religious art, spanning the last nine centuries. There are six chapels within the cathedral with an altar in Lady Chapel which is four metres long and weighs three tons. It is the cathedral’s original, pre Reformation high altar.

Whether you're looking for a place of worship or reflection, self-guided tour, concert or special event, this cathedral is a place of serenity. It is one of the most important medieval buildings still intact in Ireland and is still performing its original function.

Why we like it
  • Visit this historical cathedral on the banks of the Shannon.
  • Admire its collection of Irish religious art, spanning nine centuries. 
  • Take a self guided walking tour of this peaceful cathedral.
  • Plan your visit around its special events and concerts.
Tips from locals

Become one of the 'Friends of Saint Mary' with a membership which includes activities, lectures, excursions and social events and the Friends’ Christmas concert in the cathedral.

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Contact details
Bridge St, Limerick, V94 E068, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 1.5 hours here.

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