Lisburn Cathedral

Welcome to Lisburn Cathedral, where we are building a 21st century community in a beautiful and historic building that celebrates the God who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

About this church

There has been a church on this site for over 400 years, and while there are many significant and interesting features we hope you will sense that the Cathedral of today is a living church, not simply another historic building. 

About the year 1609, a Welsh officer in the English army, Sir Fluke Conway, settled in Lisnagarvey and built, or rebuilt, a castle on the highest point overlooking the river Lagan in what is now Castle Gardens Park. In 1623 he constructed a church dedicated to St Thomas, on the site of the present Cathedral as a chapel of ease for the castle. St Thomas church was much smaller than the present cathedral but In 1641 it was destroyed. 

The foundations of the second church were laid in 1642, rebuilding took 23 years. In 1662 Charles 2nd established the church of St Thomas as Christ Church Cathedral. Jeremy Taylor was Bishop of Connor at the time, in the Parish of Lisure & Lisnagarvie. In this year the name Lisburn was used for the first time. 

In the more settled period that followed the Williamite wars the district was prospering when, in April 1707, the town of Lisburn and the church and castle were destroyed in a disastrous fire. There seemed to be no urgency to rebuild the castle for the defence of the town but in the following year, on 20th August 1708, the foundation of the new church of Lisburn began to be laid. Construction of the present building, the third to stand upon the site, continued for several years and was completed in 1719.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Train station within 250m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Non-accessible toilets in church
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café in church
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike
  • Church shop or souvenirs

Other nearby churches

Christ Church

Some 6 miles south west of Belfast and situated in picturesque surroundings overlooking the Lagan Valley Regional Park to the east, Colin Mountain to the northwest and Black Mountain to the north.

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