Make the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Colman top of your list of things to do in Newry
Visitors to Newry Cathedral are welcome year-round. Read on to discover how our spectacular cathedral tops the list of things to do in Newry. For all queries please contact us. Find us on Google Maps.
A gothic-revival masterpiece in the heart of Newry
Newry Cathedral is the most commanding building in Newry and is undoubtedly the most important work executed by Newry’s greatest native architect, Thomas Duff. Built in 1829 of local granite, it was the first Catholic Cathedral opened after the granting of Catholic Emancipation. The interior marble work and mosaics took five years, with artisans and craftsmen coming from all over Europe to undertake the work. The tower and transept were added in 1888 whilst in 1904 the nave was extended. Discover Northern Ireland profile.
What you’ll see
- Exquisite German Stained Glass Windows
- Majestic gothic-revival architecture
- Magnificent Italian Marble altars and statuary
- Fine wood carvings by local craftsmen
- Splendid floor to ceiling mosaic work by Italian artisans
- A first-class relic of Mother Teresa
Guided Tours of Newry Cathedral
From an outlawed faith community worshiping secretly in the wilderness to the builders of a magnificent temple, from a swamp near the riverside to a majestic gothic edifice, from Newry architects and craftsmen to continental artisans, the almost 200-year story of Newry Cathedral is full of surprises.
Our experts offer a 90-minute tour of the cathedral during the summer months (May, June, July and August). On the tour, you’ll hear the fascinating tales behind one of Ireland’s most spectacular churches. Tours are free of charge.
Guided tour schedule for 2018
Wednesday 30th May 2018 – 7.00pm
Wednesday 27th June 2018 – 2.00pm:
Tuesday 10th July 2018 – 2.00pm
Wednesday 25th July 2018 – 7pm:
Wednesday 8th August 2018 – 7.00pm: Please note, the tour on the 8th August will focus only on the images in the stained glass windows of the Cathedral.
Wednesday – 29th August 2018 – 7.00pm
Each tour will take approximately 90 minutes.
Please meet at the main door of the Cathedral. You will hear the story of the building of the Cathedral, 1825-1829, and of the later extensions. The history of its stained glass, marble altars, sculptures and magnificent mosaics will also be explained.
There is no charge for these tours.
Cathedral history timeline
Architect: Thomas Duff. 1825 foundation stone laid, opened in 1829; major interior decoration 1904-09, special ceremony in 1925 when all debts were paid. Sanctuary renovation by Felix Forte c.1990. Listed building.
Top visitor attraction in Newry City
In 2013, Newry Cathedral was the third most visited attraction in County Down with 200,000 visitors. Click here to read reviews on TripAdvisor
Newry Cathedral is home to many priceless works of art including intricate wooden carvings, stained glass windows, marble altars, sculptures and magnificent mosaics which make it the premier entry in list of things to do in Newry.
First Class Relic of Mother Teresa
Newry Cathedral is also home to a first-class relic of St Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa). The relic is installed in a carved wooden reliquary that visitors may visit and venerate. Learn more about Saint Teresa of Calcutta here.
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Newry Cathedral has earned a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in recognition of receiving consistently great reviews.