Welcome

Welcome to the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity – known as Down Cathedral – close to which we believe the mortal remains of Saint Patrick lie buried.

The cathedral is not merely a tourist attraction for people interested in Patrick – it is a place of pilgrimage, prayer and welcome for everyone.

Upcoming services

august

thu06aug10:00 amCommunion10:00 am

sun09aug11:00 amNinth Sunday After TrinityMorning Prayer11:00 am

thu13aug10:00 amCommunion10:00 am

sun16aug11:00 amTenth Sunday After TrinityHoly Communion11:00 am

september

fri04sep1:00 pmPrayer for Healing1:00 pm

It is my pleasure as Dean of Down to welcome you.

Here you will find information about services and events in Down Cathedral, a little about our history and ongoing ministry today.

As well as being a very historical site and popular place to visit, Down Cathedral is primarily a Christian place of prayer and worship.

I would love to welcome you in person as a visitor to our Cathedral and if you would like any further information or would like to send a prayer request please use one of the contact form elsewhere on this site.

Every blessing.

Very Rev Henry Hull

Worship

Join us for any of our services.

Upcoming services

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Pray

Be still and pray in this holy place.

Or join our Prayer for Healing service

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Visit

Visit St Patrick's burial place.

Cathedral tours

Groups and individuals can learn about the history of this blessed place from our team of volunteers.
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Live Stream

Down Cathedral stands prominently on the Hill of Down, overlooking the ancient and historic town of Downpatrick.

It is a special place steeped in history and prayer. Tradition holds that Patrick was buried on the Hill of Down and for over 1600 years Christians have worshipped on this site. They still do.

With a host of fascinating features to see both inside and out, Down Cathedral is one of the destinations on St Patrick’s Trail and well worth a visit for pilgrims and tourists alike.

We look forward to welcoming you to this sacred place.

Contact Us

Use this form for general information requests or just to say hello.

For prayer requests please use the form on our Prayer for Healing page which, if you wish, allows for anonymous submissions.

If you have a tour request please go to the Tours page.

Cover photo on this page by Christian Papenfus.
  • As part of the Covid tracing rules Churchwardens will keep a list of attendees each Sunday, in case someone later presents with symptoms.
  • Everywhere will be cleaned in advance of a service; hand sanitizer will be available for everyone coming in and we would ask you to touch as few surfaces as possible.
  • All non-essential items will have been removed including hymn books, prayer books, kneelers, and seat mats but you may bring your own prayer book or cushion.
  • We regret that we cannot congregate for long periods outside church buildings before or after services and we are unable to provide refreshments.
  • Again, as we have to follow the social distancing guidelines in place at this time, it will mean only one person per pew or stall – apart for families / households who can sit together.
  • We are encouraged to fill the church from the front (some areas will be closed off) – please follow the directions of the wardens and we are sorry if that means in the short term you are unable sit in your traditional seat.
  • Offerings should be deposited into clearly marked receptacles on the way out.
  • Again, to protect social distancing etc we should leave by the rear stalls first.
  • The toilets are closed apart from in an emergency.
  • Initially, it is unlikely that there will be congregational singing but it may be possible to incorporate music in other ways.
  • In services of Holy Communion, under the present directives, we can only offer communion in one kind i.e. bread. Please come forward in a line and receive standing from the clergy – we cannot stand or kneel at the communion rail.
  • Face coverings are not a requirement at present. Individuals who wish should feel comfortable to wear a face covering.
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