Visitors are always welcome at Galway Cathedral. There is no admission charge, but we ask a donation of €3 from all visitors; this helps with the ongoing upkeep of the building.
Groups do not need to book in advance. unless they are seeking to celebrate mass (see below).
We ask 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.
Camper vans are NOT permitted in the car park, and there is a notice to this effect at the entrance.
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.
There is a limited number of public toilets, and a charge of 50c for their use.
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.