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Christ Church Cathedral

Address: Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, Ireland
Phone Number: 00353 1 677 8099
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Ranked #37 of 217 Attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Christ Church Cathedral is one of Dublin's oldest buildings, a...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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 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.
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Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you are visiting Dublin, you have to make a stop at the cathedral and have look around. It's got a great history. The secret underground floor was my favourite part! We went to the museum next door as an add-on to learn a bit more :) recommended if you have an hour to spare.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

The church is a very beautiful old building, the architecture and history is amazing. And the beauty of the stained glass windows is worth the visit. It cost about €6 each to get in and they also have guided tours. The underground crypt is also worth seeing, which includes the mummified remains of a cat and a rat, even though... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I recently visited the cathedral in order to fulfill a long-held ambition to hear Handel's Messiah performed close to where it made its debut on 13th April 1742. Handel used choristers from Christ Church. I have no fault to find with the Orchestra, soloists and chorus, but take issue with the staff at Christ Church who apparently permitted some kind... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

When I visited part of the cathedral was closed for maintenance so I didn't get to see all of it up close. What is more impressive are the stain glass windows and a leaning inner wall, also the crypt is huge and apart from the church relics you can see the mummified remains of a cat and a rat trapped... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

This beautiful cathedral has a rich Dublin history. Our guide was well informed and very engaging. As so much of Ireland history is tied to the Cathedral, the tour was much more than simply the cathedral itself. The various types of architecture, the visits of nobility, the beautiful organ and windows and arches and the old circular staircase to the... More 

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

Thank you for your review - glad you enjoyed the tour, it really is worth taking it as it enriches any visit to the cathedral! All our guides are members of cathedral staff and are so knowledgeable about lots of different aspects of life here. More 

Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

The best of the church is the cat and the rat mummified found in a tube of the órgão. Who cares about the church?

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

Oh dear - we like to think there's much more to the place than the cat and the rat... strange and fascinating though they are! But if mummified animals from 150 years ago are really your thing you're spoiled at Christ Church ;-) More 

Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The architecture was beautiful. I prefer cathedrals with a lot of stain glass vs. the gothic look. The size of the cathedral was amazing. Having a little courtyard outside of the cathedral was nice as it was a very warm autumn day. Ice-cream was wonderful

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Hesperia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Such a beautiful cathedral, we really enjoyed walking around and hearing the bells during the day. Just lovely!

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

Thanks for your review. The cathedral's a great place to step back from the busy pace of Dublin life - glad you appreciated it! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

As old as Dublin herself, you can actually see the original outer walls of the original city. The museum tells how Dublin started and you can go into the tower and have an incredible view of the city! The most beautiful architecture in the church and the pass over the road. The stained glass is breath taking!

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

ChristChurch was very interesting to me. It had a crypt below it that stretched the entire length of the church, another place that can be used for dinners or receptions by groups. It also had a belfry, where I got to ring the noon bells, something I had no idea that I had always wanted to do until I was... More 

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

Thanks for your review - it's well worth taking the belfry tour as you learn so much more about the cathedral and the bell-ringing experience is so unique. Glad you appreciated your guide - all our tour guides are members of cathedral staff and are super knowledgeable about all aspects of cathedral life - they're real goldmines! More 

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