Churches, Abbeys and Monasteries

Churches, Abbeys and Monasteries

St Brigid’s Cathedral & Round Tower


Republic of Ireland

St Brigid’s Cathedral in Kildare Town was built by the Norman Bishop Ralph of Bristol in 1223. The entire site is steeped in important religious history; it’s believed to be the location at which Saint Brigid, one of Ireland’s patron saints, founded a nunnery in the 5th century.

The present cathedral, which was restored in the 19th century, contains many links to the past, including a 16th-century vault, early Christian and Norman carvings and a High Cross. The Gothic-style architecture reflects the structure’s dual purpose as both a place of defence and of religious worship.

Also on the grounds is a 12th century round tower that extends 33m toward the sky, making it the second highest in Ireland. Constructed from Wicklow granite and local limestone, this historic tower is open to visitors during the summer months. Stunning views can be taken in from the roof, for visitors daring enough to climb that high.

Visit St Brigid’s Cathedral in Kildare Town to discover an important slice of Irish religious history and enjoy the panoramic views from one of Ireland’s most impressive round towers.

  • Culture and Heritage

St Brigids Cathedral and Kildare Round Tower are open to the public from the 1st of May until 30th September: Monday-Saturday 10am -1pm and 2pm to 5pm | Sundays 2pm to 5pm. Last entrance is 4.45pm daily.

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