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Christ Church Cathedral

Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, Ireland
00353 1 677 8099
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Ranked #44 of 281 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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Keizer, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW via mobile

Christ Church Cathedral aka The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity is the cathedral of the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough. This church requires a few hours to see everything but in a couple of hours one can enjoy the crypt, the choir area, various chapels, Strongbow's Tomb, Baptistry, main altar, pulpits, etc. At the end of the visit relax... More

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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

An excellent tour pointing out the most interesting features of this fine Cathedral. Things are not all that they seem as it was rebuilt in the 19th Century. The climb to the tower and the explanation of the bell ringing are with the effort

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Hamburg, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The Cathedral itself is very impressive and well maintained. You are also allowed to take Fotos nearly everywhere. The basement is very impressive and you can also find a rest room here

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Glendale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

While the cathedral itself is worth its own tour, the Belfry Bell Tower tour is special. We have climbed several other cathedral domes and towers, but we have never "rung any bells". It's a lot harder than it looks! The tour times are limited and there is an additional charge, but if you can fit this in, it will be... More

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

Hi there - thanks for your review. It really is worth taking the extra guided tour (admission + guided tour is still less expensive than many other privately run attractions in the city centre) just to have that exciting hands-on bell ringing experience. More

Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

The interior of the cathedral is nothing special. And the amount of money the charge you for that is too high. Especially if you consider, that many entrance fees are based on donations. In the crypt is a cafe and a gift shop and a treasury which ruin the spiritual character of this place completely.

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

Christ Church Cathedral is a registered charity, which makes it very different from the majority of attractions which you will visit in Dublin. To explain exactly what this means - no one is profiting from the admission fee to the cathedral - every single cent which is contributed goes back into maintaining this building, which is a massive responsibility. If... More

Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Beautiful old church rich in history but to charge entry? Most churches accept donations but don't charge an admission price which in my opinion given that they are a religious institution they shouldn't but to each their own. There are plenty of old churches and cathedrals well worth the time to visit that don't charge.

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

Thanks for your review - glad you enjoyed your visit. There is never any charge to those who wish to attend services, but we do ask those who have come as tourists to contribute towards the upkeep of the building. We have tried asking for donations instead of an admission fee in the past, but unfortunately we would never be... More

Issoire, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Very nice cathedral, interesting for architecture and history of the country. A traditionnal building from middle-age, very austere, with the tombs of several important characters, and a very impressing crypt. Lot of clothes, weapons, and a tresory well conserved. Surprising to find a coffee shop in the crypt, but there is place enough.

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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 visit. Our crypt was never designed as a sacred space and believe it or not, for hundreds of years it was leased out to taverns, tobacconists, wig-makers, toy shops and all sorts of other businesses - our modest little coffee shop is really quite tame in comparison ;-) More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

A beautiful church. Well worth the time to see it. Go mid week so the crowds are less. The gardens are minimal.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Worth a visit, as it is an important and impressive piece of Dublin history. Enjoyed walking through, and there were some interesting artifacts in the Crypt. The admission price, and commercialization in the Crypt are admittedly off-putting - particularly the idea of a Café. But we have seen similar types of endeavours in other Churches - it seems an increasingly... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I'd recommend getting the combined Dublinia and Christ Church Cathedral ticket. Take a trip down the the catacombes, it's spooky!

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