Visitors are always welcome at Galway Cathedral. There is no admission charge, but we ask a donation of €2 from all visitors; this helps with the ongoing upkeep of the building.
We ask also that visitors do not enter during the celebration of mass - unless of course they wish to participate in the mass, at which they are welcome.
Finding the Cathedral
The Cathedral is located on the west bank of the River Corrib, a little north and west of the city centre. To find the Cathedral on Google Maps, click here.
The Cathedral is usually open from 08:30 until 18:30 - these times are approximate. On certain days, such as Christmas day, the Cathedral may close earlier.
Parking is available in the Cathedral grounds, open 24 hours. Parking is pay-per-hour Monday-Saturday and free on Sundays. An attendant is present Monday-Saturday between 08:30 and 18:45. The City Council operates a pay-per-day car park in Cathedral Square, immediately to the south of the Cathedral.
A ramp for wheelchair users is available at the main entrance in the east transept (facing the Salmon Weir Bridge).
A loop system for those using hearing aids is in operation in the east transept.
A small number of toilets are available; there is a charge of 50c for their use, which covers their maintenance.
Masses for Tour Groups & Visiting Clergy
Visiting Catholic priests are welcome to concelebrate at the regular daily masses; they should be able to produce valid proof of good standing.
It is possible for visiting groups to celebrate a private mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, at 9:30am between Monday and Saturday; permission must be obtained first from the Cathedral Office.