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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.

Opening Hours

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

A pay-per-hour car park is in operation in the Cathedral grounds between 08:30 and 19:00; parking is free on Sundays. The City Council operates a pay-per-day car park in Cathedral Square, immediately to the south of the Cathedral.

Accessibility

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.

Toilets

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.