Ardfert Cathedral


Ardfert Cathedral was founded in the 12th century on the site of an earlier monastery. It is a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture, with its ornate carvings and impressive size.

The cathedral was badly damaged in the 17th century during the Irish Rebellion of 1641. Today it is a major tourist attraction and you can explore the cathedral and the nearby Franciscan friary.

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The friary contains a museum with an impressive collection of artifacts, including a number of medieval manuscripts.

Opening Time

The Cathedral is open to the public from Monday to Sunday 10:00 am to 5:15 pm April to September. Visitors can go on a guided tour of the Cathedral, which takes about 45 minutes, or you can explore the Cathedral on your own free of charge.


Visitors can explore the cathedral grounds and take in the stunning architecture. Admission to the cathedral is free, but there is a charge for guided tours.

The guided tour charges range from €3 for a child to €13 for a family.

Visitors can explore the building and learn about its history, and the cathedral is also a popular spot for photography and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.


Ardfert Cathedral offers a variety of facilities and services to visitors, including guided tours, and a gift shop. There are two other churches on the grounds.


The Ardfert cathedral was the site of a medieval Irish monastic settlement founded by St. Brendan in the sixth century.

The main medieval church contains a large number of ancient stones, including two ogham stones. There are 2 medieval churches and the cathedral, the oldest one dating back to the 12th century.

A small transept and battlements were later attached to the main building during the 15th century. The entire cathedral roof was completely damaged during the Irish Rebellion of 1641, but it was repaired in the late 17th century.

Ardfert Cathedral with no roof

In 1871, when a new Church of Ireland church was opened, the roof of the cathedral was removed. The Office of Public Works acquired abandoned sites formerly belonging to The Church of Ireland, including Ardfert Cathedral.

Is there Ogham Stones in Ardfert Cathedral?

There are many ancient sites in Ireland that are said to have Ogham stones. One of these sites is Ardfert Cathedral and there are several theories as to why there may be Ogham stones at this site.

Ogham Stone near Derrynane Strand
Ogham Stone near Derrynane Strand

One theory is that they were used as grave markers. Another theory is that they were used as boundary markers.

Whatever the reason for their presence, the Ogham stones at Ardfert Cathedral are an interesting mystery and there are 2 of them there.

Directions to Ardfert Cathedral from Tralee

Visitors come from all over to admire the architecture and history of the cathedral. If you’re coming from Tralee, here are some directions to help you find your way.

Ardfert Village
Ardfert Village

Take the R551 from Tralee to Ardfert (6.7 km). Go through most of the village. You will have to get into the outside lane because you will be turning right. The cathedral building is on your left.

If you miss the turning off and you are going out the Ballyheigue Road just turn around to head to Ardfert again. The main road brings you right past the cathedral.


Ardfert Cathedral is a beautiful and historic place that is definitely worth a visit. It is one of the most important religious sites in Kerry and has been a center of worship for centuries and it is a very important part of the local community.

The cathedral also gives you a wonderful opportunity to learn about Irish history and religion. If you are ever in the area, be sure to check it out!


When was Ardfert Cathedral built?

The Ardfert cathedral was the location of a Celtic Christian monastery founded by St. Brendan in the sixth century. In the 12th century, 2 more churches were added to the site.

Is there a restaurant in Ardfert Cathedral?

Ardfert Cathedral is a beautiful place to visit. But one question always comes up when people visit – is there a restaurant in Ardfert Cathedral?

The answer is no, there is not currently a restaurant in Ardfert Cathedral.

However, Kate Brown’s Restaurant is one of the most popular places to eat. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is always buzzing. If you’re looking for a delicious meal Kate Brown’s is the place to be & it is in the middle of the village.

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