Welcome to Down Cathedral

You are very welcome to visit Down Cathedral which is situated within a short walk from Downpatrick town centre and is adjacent to The Saint Patrick Centre.

Down Cathedral is first and foremost a place for prayer and worship, not only for the local congregation and people of the Church of Ireland Diocese, but for all those in Ireland and beyond who cherish the faith of Patrick. It is in effect a house of prayer for all nations.

It is our prayer that all who enter the Cathedral would be lifted out of the strain of the preoccupation with material concern, the intrigue and expediency of political wrangling and the vain search for instant pleasure and be taken back to our roots, to faith in God through Christ, who alone can put life in perspective and give it true meaning and lasting satisfaction.

Whilst we are always delighted to welcome you during our opening times we ask for your patience and understanding if we sometimes have to restrict access.

As a working cathedral your visit may be limited while regular services are taking place or during irregular events such as weddings, funerals, or concerts.

Please respect any signs that may be in place and follow the guidance of the stewards on duty.

Thank you.

Free Admission

Whilst you are free to visit, donations to the upkeep of the building are welcomed. Guided tours are available for a small charge and should preferably be booked in advance.

Opening times

Monday to Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: Service only

Services times

Sunday worship – 11:30am.
Evening Prayer on weekdays – 5pm.
Thursday Communion – 10am.

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