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Christ Church Cathedral

Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, Ireland
00353 1 677 8099
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As featured in 3 days in Dublin
Ranked #42 of 276 attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Christ Church Cathedral is one of Dublin's oldest buildings, a leading visitor attraction and a place of pilgrimage for almost 1,000 years. Famous for... more » Owner description: Christ Church Cathedral is one of Dublin's oldest buildings, a leading visitor attraction and a place of pilgrimage for almost 1,000 years. Famous for its breathtaking beauty, magnificent architectural features and wonderful floor tiles, Christ Church is also popular as a venue and is host to many high profile concerts throughout the year. It is home to the tomb of Strongbow, leader of the Normans, who captured Dublin in 1170. The Medieval Crypt, one of the largest in Britain and Ireland, extends under the entire Cathedral and contains The Mummified cat and rat, trapped in the organ in the 1860s. « less
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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This was a good church to visit. There are plenty of great statues and stories attached with the place and i enjoyed our visit. The Crypts were cool too.

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This is another amazing church with very early beginnings, and extensive renovations in the 1870's. Too many tombs, interesting stories and memorials to list. You must come experience it for yourself.

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Lesley-Anne C, Education Officer at Christ Church Cathedral, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - we like to think of ourselves as much more than just 'another medieval landmark', though I suppose that is something to be proud of in itself ;-) Glad you enjoyed your visit - there's plenty to look at here - staff who've worked here for years notice new things every day that they hadn't seen... More

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This place is an example of great architecture. The place is full of history you can visit the crypt and there is a exposition of clothes used is a film that was filmed there and many other things.

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Lesley-Anne C, Education Officer at Christ Church Cathedral, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Our colourful exhibition of clothes from the television series 'The Tudors' is often a highlight during a visit - they were worn during the filiming itself by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joss Stone, Peter O'Toole, Joely Richarson and Maria Doyle Kennedy no less! More

Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We visited this Beautiful Building on a short trip to Dublin. Friendly hand helpful staff, fantastic detail in the structure of the building, plenty of information about the History of the Church and a mummified cat and rat...what more could you possible ask for! Certainly worth the small fee!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If possible, time your visit to take the tour...it's so worth it! Now I know why it's traditional to stand during the "Hallelujah Chorus" of Handel's Messiah...seriously. Almost a thousand years of history is here, you'll learn some of the most interesting bits. Plus, during our tour, there was a display of costumes from 'The Tudors' in the crypt because... More

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Lesley-Anne C, Education Officer at Christ Church Cathedral, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - the tour is well worth it and our guides are a mine of information. I'm assuming by 'Cathedral without a heart' you were referring to our stolen relic - the preserved heart of St Laurence O'Toole, which was taken in March 2012 - as I'm sure you received a very warm welcome here! More

Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Take he tour if you want a personally account of the church. We really enjoyed the journey up to the bell tower. The steps are a little narrow but the view from the rooftop was beautiful. Then, we had fun ringing the church bells. But watch your step back down!

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Lesley-Anne C, Education Officer at Christ Church Cathedral, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - glad you enjoyed the tour. They definitely weren't thinking about accessibility when they constructed the bell tower all those years ago! However, the effort climbing up is well worth it for the view and the ringing experience I'm sure you'll agree ;-) More

Phoenix, Arizona
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21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a great cathedral to visit and photograph. Walk around the outside and check out the gargoyles too! Be certain to take the trip to the crypt downstairs for additional history and exhibits relating to the cathedral and the mystery surrounding it. small gift shop as well. Experienced evensong with 3 different choirs and 3 organ masters one Sunday... More

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Lesley-Anne C, Education Officer at Christ Church Cathedral, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. It's great that you managed to come to an Evensong. The three choirs Evensong, with the choirs of Christ Church, St Patrick's and St Mary's Pro cathedrals only happens once every three years so you were very lucky to stumble across it. More

Brisbane, Australia
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I visited the Christ Church Cathedral on a Sunday afternoon. Normally there is a charge to visit the Church, but I went at a time where there was a mass on which allowed me to see the beautiful building in function. The mass I went to at 3pm was a sung mass and the choir were phenomenal. The service was... More

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Bossier City, Louisiana
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12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Just a short walk from the more well known St. Patrick's, this cathedral is even older and equally worth a visit. Do not miss the underground area with its displays of historic items.

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Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Beautiful little church in the center of Dublin, surrounded by busy roads and honking horns, yet one you step inside you're whisked back 300 years to a more peaceful time. The crypts were quite interesting, but the main attraction for me was the stained glass windows, of which there are an abundance. Like most places in Dublin, they o offer... More

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Lesley-Anne C, Education Officer at Christ Church Cathedral, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - the cathedral has been on the same spot since c.1030 so you're whisked back considerably more than 300 years! Glad you enjoyed the visit, we are a real little oasis of calm in the middle of the city. More

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