Ardfert Cathedral

A monastery was founded here by St. Brendan “The Navigator” in the 6th century. There are three medieval churches, an ogham stone and a number of early Christian and medieval grave slabs on the site today.

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Location

Ardfert, Co Kerry

History

A monastery was founded here by St. Brendan "The Navigator" in the 6th century. There are three medieval churches, an ogham stone and a number of early Christian and medieval grave slabs on the site today. The earliest building is the cathedral which dates from the 12th - 17th centuries. It has a fine Romanesque west doorway, a magnificent 13th century east window and a spectacular row of nine lancets in the south wall.

Two effigies of ecclesiastical figures of late 13th - early 14th century are mounted on either side of the east window. The battlements were added in the 15th century. The pre-12th century block of masonry is clearly visible in the north wall. One of the two smaller churches is a fine example of late Romanesque and the other is a plain 15th century structure with an interesting carving of a wyvern on one of the windows. Access for people with disabilities to exhibition area and viewing point.

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Opening Times

Early May - Late September Daily 09:30-18:30

Last admission 45 minutes before closing.

Visit Length

1hr

Admission

Adult EUR 2.00 Child EUR 1.00 Student EUR 1.00 Senior EUR 1.25 Family EUR 5.50 Group EUR 1.25

Information

Leaflets: Yes Guided Tours: Yes Audio Visual: Yes Exhibition: Yes

Facilities

Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes

Opening Times

Early May - Late September Daily 09:30-18:30

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