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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 #43 of 280 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Ok, having to pay to enter a church is appalling. If you have to pay 6 euros to go into a church that has absolutely nothing (it's more like a holy supermarket) how much would you have to pay to enter St Peter's in Rome??!! This cathedral is one of the least attractive, emptiest buildings I have ever seen.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This church was very easy to get to at the end of temple bar. When you enter the church it is Impressive and beautiful. There is informative signs to explain the history and meaning of the artifacts. Then go downstairs. Wow! There are caverns with amazing examples of sculptures and Tudor clothing. Then there is a quant gift shop and... More

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

Thanks for your review - glad we're your favourite! There's plenty to see here - glad you enjoyed it all. More

Greenwood, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The church was Absolutely stunning! It has obviously been very well taken care of and well preserved. So much history and culture here! We truly enjoyed walking through!

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

Thanks for your review - it takes a lot of work to care for the building but it's well worth it! More

Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I love Cathedrals, I am very interested in the construction and architecture. This one is very good. Definately go down to the basement, we almost missed it.

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Western Ireland, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Buy audio guide on way in for only 5 euro which you keep. Otherwise we would have been lost. Lovely experience especially all the historic artifacts in the vault/crypt. Would definitely recommend and return.

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Douglas, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We only took the tour of the cathedral as a bit of a last minute decision but we were really glad we did. The Cathedral itself is beautiful and well worth a look around but very glad we paid extra to do the tour as it was excellent. Especially good was our guide Daire, who despite having just come off... More

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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 - Daire, our Head Verger, is one of our most experienced guide and is never short of things to say about the cathedral! I'll pass on your compliments - he'll be delighted. More

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

It was the exterior of this building which enthralled me the most. I have an admiration for beautiful church architecture and this building falls right into that category. Inside more of the same religious artefacts as found in any such building but the cat and the rat was certainly a bit different. Cafe inside too which seemed odd. entrance fee... More

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Cleveland, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

What a beautiful and calm place amongst the bustling Dublin streets. The Cathedral itself was stunning and well worth the time. The crypt was also very cool, a great look into history. Make sure to scratch the ears of the adorable orange cat that lives on the grounds while you're there!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

For those who want to see a beautiful place and discovery a little bit of Ireland (and Dublin) History I definitely recommend! Take your time looking around the church and crypt. Woth it!

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Libertyville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This Cathedral is worth the time spent there. The interior is amazing and the staff is congenial and helpful. Don't forget to drop in downstairs for a look see. The architecture inside and out is magnificent, although the folks hanging around the building outside can be a bit unnerving. They didn't ask for anything or bother the tourists, but they... More

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