History

Christ Church Cathedral is, arguably, the finest 18th Century ecclesiastical building in Ireland.

The Cathedral, designed by John Roberts, the architect of Georgian Waterford, is a strong example of the elegance of the period, taking on board principles of Neo-Classicism and symmetry, alongside fresh and decorative rococo styling. John Roberts also designed Waterford’s Roman Catholic Cathedral.

There has been a Cathedral on this site since 1096. It was on this monumental site of Christ Church in 1170 that Strongbow was married to Aoife, daughter of Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster. This is, therefore one of the most important historic sites in Ireland.