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

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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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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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Brisbane, Australia
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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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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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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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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We learned all about the bell ringers and even got to take a turn at it. A LOT harder than you think!! Very interesting.

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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 ringing experience. I agree that it IS much harder than it looks but it's definitely worth having a go on our record breaking bells! More

New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Another church on the Dublin Pass - we stopped by to see all the beautiful stained glass. On the lower level, there are a bunch of treasures to discover! There is a mummified cat & mouse that got stuck in an organ - very interesting!

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

Our mummified cat and rat are possibly our most famous residents and certainly make an impression! Hope you enjoyed the rest of the building too ;-) More

Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Don't forget to go downstairs not just for the cafe and gift shoppe but there were some really cool things too.

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Wareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This Cathedral is less busy that St Patricks but very interesting. It has a display in the cript with an audio Visual film. Well worth a visit.

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

Hi there - glad you enjoyed your visit. There is much more to the cathedral than initially meets the eye - not least our extensive crypt complete with stocks, a mummified cat and rat and exhibition and audiovisual presentation. More

Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Yes, please. Have you ever wanted the chance to ring a church bell that once housed a pub, an opium den and a brothel? Oh, yeah and there is a mummified cat and rat. All of this at a reasonable price too. I've said it before, I am a super nerd and I thrive on information. That is all that... More

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