Ardfert Tourist Centre

The Cathedral , Ardfert , Co. Kerry

t: +353 66 7134711

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About Ardfert Tourist Centre

Ardfert Tourist Centre is located at The Cathedral in Ardfert, Co. Kerry.

Ardfert Cathedral, which now serves as a tourist centre, is built on the site of a former monastery founded by St. Brendan 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 to 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 to early 14th century date 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.

In 1641 it was burned down by Cromwellian supporters leaving it beyond repair and in its present ruinous state. In 1989 a major restoration programme took place culminating in the south transept being restored and finally opening as a visitors centre in 1994.

Opening Times
Normally daily 10am - 6pm from May to end of September.

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