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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 #37 of 263 attractions in Dublin
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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Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Well it's a church and unlike other churches you pay quite a lot to enter. We believed that money would be better spent in a pub. You do get to go into the crypt but wasn't very interesting.

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

Thanks for your review. Sorry you didn't feel like the visit was good value for money - however I should point out the small 6e admission fee won't take you very far down the pub... The crypt, dating from the 12th century, is the oldest structure in Dublin and one of the largest in either Ireland or the UK but... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Christ Church Cathedral might have been the highlight of my day in Dublin. It is a beautiful building and well worth the visit. The baptistry, stained glass windows, and the tiled floors are especially gorgeous and there are some really nice little chapels for quiet reflection and prayer. The crypt was also really interesting. One of the people in my... More

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

Thanks for your review. Glad you had such a positive experience in the cathedral. Coming in to the high tourist season we do sometimes have large groups in the cathedral but quite often it is very peaceful and a great spot to escape from the busy tourist trail! More

Fareham, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Beautiful cathedral with a wonderful crypt. The choir were practising in another room and the songs were absolutely beautiful but spoilt somewhat by a large group of very noisy Italians.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We went for the first time for the evensong service on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. -- it was packed with people and we had to sit in the back. If you want a good seat, be sure to go early! The bells ringing prior to the service really call the people together! When we arrived for the service, the man... 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 cathedral so much you had to visit twice! It's great to be able to combine a visit with a choral service. I'd recommend either arriving at 5pm on a Thursday to visit for an hour before Evensong at 6pm or arriving on Sunday at 2.30pm to visit before Evensong at 2.30pm. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

1,000 years there has been a functional church on this site. Lots of history and very worth while to see. We also attended an Evensong Service which they do a few times a week. The choir there was amazing and though we are not Anglican, really enjoyed the music and acoustics of the Cathedral. It is definitely worth visiting while... More

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

Thanks for your review - everyone, of every faith or of no faith at all is welcome to all services in Christ Church so I'm glad you decided to come to Evensong - the cathedral really is at its best when filled with music! More

Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Christ's Church is a beautiful Cathedral. The under croft has been converted into a wonderful museum, which is lighted in a very dramatic way with. Well worth the price.

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

Thanks for your review - our crypt really is something else, a genuine step back in time to the 12th century! More

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

A great historical place to visit, but make sure you take the bell tower tour. A few euro extra, but well worth it. Something different, you get a explanation of bell ringing, and you get to ring the bells!

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

Thanks for your review - if you can spare the time it's well worth taking a guided tour, especially as you can now access the bell-tower, worth it for the view alone, but also for the once in a life-time chance to ring our record winning bells! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We are not a religious ppl but enjoy going into Cathedrals due to the vast history. I think we learned the most about Dublin from Christ Church (not from Dublin Castle). It costs money to get in, but the money helps to keep it running and clean. The history you learn is great and the crypts area amazing. Loved the... More

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Ramstein, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Its so beautiful, worth a stop in. It looks like a castle on the outside and a delicate beautiful cathedral on the inside. It really is a very unique site.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Nice walk through and was pleasantly surprised by crypts which was a mini museum. Stumbled into a performance by Manhattanville College Choir. I don't get to hear choral music in an historic old cathedral very often so it was really a treat. If you get a chance to go to a service (Evensong) where the choirs sing it is worth... More

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

Thanks for your review. We have lots of lunchtime concerts by groups from all over the world every year. Details are in our online calendar and it's well worth timing a visit to coincide with one of these - it's always very special to hear live music being performed in the space. Our crypt coffee shop is quite tame really,... More

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