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The Grave of St. Patrick atop Cathedral Hill

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Posted On 04/15/2021 09:30:00

United Kingdom | Northern Ireland | Belfast | County Down | Downpatrick | Cathedral Hill | Down Cathedral | St. Patrick Centre | St. Patrick's Grave

The Grave of St. Patrick atop Cathedral Hill


St. Patrick is known as "The Apostle of Ireland". His burial site is located in the churchyard at Down Cathedral atop Cathedral Hill in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Marking (and safeguarding) his grave is a granite boulder. It is said that visitors sometimes left with a pocketful of the earth from his grave, therefore there was a need for this "protective covering".

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Do you ever use public transportation to get around ports of call?

We love to explore on our own, so we often rely on public transit to get to some off the beaten path locations. During our 2016 cruise around the British Isles, we had a port visit in Northern Ireland. We took a city bus from Belfast to the city of Downpatrick, about 20 miles away. It was there where we explored Cathedral Hill, Down Cathedral and the St. Patrick Centre. Since we were married on St. Patty's Day, we couldn't leave the area without finding the grave of St. Patrick (also known as "The Apostle of Ireland").

What memorable journeys have you been able to make thanks to public transportation?

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