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Ardfert Cathedral

A trio of medieval churches devoted to St Brendan

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Ardfert Cathedral

A trio of medieval churches devoted to St Brendan

See all opening times

Site Closed


Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

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Co. Kerry
V92 KR7P

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Ardfert Cathedral

No less a figure than St Brendan the Navigator was born in the Ardfert area in the sixth century. He founded a monastery there not long before embarking on his legendary voyage for the Island of Paradise. It was Brendan’s cult that inspired the three medieval churches that stand on the same site today.

The earliest building is the cathedral, which was begun in the twelfth century. It boasts a magnificent thirteenth-century window and a spectacular row of nine lancets in the south wall.

One of the two smaller churches is an excellent example of late Romanesque architecture. The other, Temple na Griffin, is named for a fascinating carving inside it – which depicts a griffin and a dragon conjoined.

Anyone with a passion for architecture will find Ardfert Cathedral well worth a visit.

Opening Times

2 April –  28 October

Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Average length of visit: 1 hour

Last admission 45 minutes before closing

Seasonal Opening Times

2 April

Opens 12:00

28 October

Closes at 13:00 on this day


Co. Kerry
V92 KR7P

066 713 4711

Getting Here

10km from Tralee on R551 (Tralee to Ballyheigue Road).

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