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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 #36 of 264 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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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

I wish we had a guided tour of this Cathedral. It's hard to know what exactly you're looking at when there isn't much signage and the piece of paper doesn't tell you much. We did enjoy the crypt, which had very interesting things. Particularly liked the poor cat and the rat!

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Paris, Texas, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went on the Thursday before Easter so they had a special service at 6:00 for the last supper. It was so interesting and the church is gorgeous (it is also free admission for the service). The choir singing with the organ was amazing!

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit. We found the cathedral very interesting and filled with history. I could have spent hours in there.

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Spring, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This was an amazing place to visit. Well worth the money to get in. The detail everwhere is simply amazing, and you can take pictures inside as well. There were a lot of people , once inside you did not feel crowded when in the church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

What an honour it was for us to be accepted to receive a marriage blessing at this wonderful place after a civil ceremony. It truly was the icing on the cake from the magnificent building to the wonderful and spiritual words from the Dean. We are now complete. Thank you to all concerned.

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Melbourne, Australia
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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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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
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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

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