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7 Saul St, Downpatrick BT30 6NG, UK – 028 4372 3474
Great small church with welcoming and friendly people
Unit 10, The Market House, 11 Market St, Downpatrick BT30 6LR, UK – 028 4461 6911
Kind people who love God and love Downpatrick!
35 English St, Downpatrick BT30 6AB, UK – 028 4461 4922
Down Cathedral is an excellent church built adjacent to the supposed burial site of St. Patrick. For this reason, it’s obviously one of the more important pilgrimage sites in all of Ireland. The town is really nice and quaint, and the cathedral preserves Patrick’s legacy well. Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. The interior of the cathedral is beautiful, and the history fascinating. A worthy visit along the Patrick Trail.
Downpatrick Cathedral claims the grave of Saint Patrick. The neo-Gothic cathedral is impressive and contains some fine stained glass. Some of the pieces seem to be the creations of Harry Clarke and/or his school. Saint Patrick does not wear green in the windows here which is a welcome break from shamrock. There is a lot of history attached to this place and it is well presented. The curators are discrete, friendly and welcoming. They have the balance right on Place-of-Prayer v. Public Museum. Visiting the grave of Saint Patrick is alone worth the detour from the A1