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Christ Church Cathedral

Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, Ireland
00353 1 677 8099
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Ranked #48 of 283 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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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We planned our visit to end with Evensong. We toured Christ Church and the crypt and sat on the front row for the beautiful Evensong. It was our first afternoon in Dublin, and Christ Church was a perfect welcome. We could hear the bells from our hotel throughout our visit, and I loved them. Try to visit when there is... 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 your visit and Evensong - visitors are always welcome to any of our services, and you're right, it's a great idea to combine your visit with Choral Evensong. Details of all choral services are available on the website. More

Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The guided tour including the belfry is well worth the money the guide was excellent and very informative you get to visit the crypt and when you get to the bell tower you are even allowed to have a go at bell ringingly. All in all a worth while place to visit

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We visited Dublin at the weekend and took the Official City Sightseeing "Hop On Hop Off" bus tour. Christchurch Cathedral is stop number 11 on the route. We loved this cathedral and found it very welcoming. There is a small donation fee to enter but worth it to aid the upkeep. The Cathedral has beautiful encaustic tiled floors, and a... More

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

Thanks for your review - I really think the cathedral is best when filled with music, so great you were able to experience it during a choral rehearsal. You really seem to have made the most of all there is to see and do in the area - from the floor tiles to the stunning architecture, the crypt to the... More

Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The grounds are worth checking out. The exterior wooden doors are interesting. Just inside the entrance to the building, there are beautiful stained glass windows up a stairway to the left (it's blocked at the top, so no idea where it goes). The cathedral entrance is to the right from the exterior door. The entry fee was modest. The structure... 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 your visit to Christ Church. The staircase you mention leads to our iconic bridge over Winetavern Street and on to the Dublinia Exhibition. You can't access the exhibition this way, but visitors are more than welcome to visit the bridge itself. We try to keep signage to a minimum in the cathedral... More

Sligo, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Paid the 6 Euro entrance fee and started walking around the cathedral ourselves with the very informative leaflet, note they are in several languages including Irish which is nice. We were there a while when there was an announcement that the guided tour was starting. We paid the extra 4 Euro and got a coloured guide book. The tour given... More

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

Thanks for your review. Niall will be delighted you enjoyed your tour - he's a great guide and a member of the cathedral choir who has loads of knowledge at his fingertips! I'm glad you appreciated our Irish leaflet - we have information in 16 different languages and it's great to know they're all being used. More

Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We almost didn't wander into Christ Church, but I'm so glad we did. The inside was so beautiful and filled with history (as most cathedrals are), but I was extra happy that we visited because it meant we even got to visit one of the few crypts open for visitors that runs under the entire church! It's been restored into... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Three of us were given a tour of the bell-ringing area of Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. The room is accessed by a narrow spiral stone staircase (not for everyone), but the climb is worth the effort. The 19 cathedral bells (the most in Ireland) are rung by a cadre of dedicated ringers, as well as by the tower clock.... More

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Amman, Jordan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

If you want to learn about the history of Dublin, you should buy the €4 guided tour, where you will learn a lot about the cathedral itself in addition to the history of Dublin. The guide was entertaining.

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

Glad you enjoyed the guided tour - it really is worth that little bit extra: all our guides know the cathedral inside out and are very knowledgeable about Dublin too. Plus you get to visit the belfry and ring our record breaking bells! More

Tampere, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

It's worth the visit even if you're not interested in going inside, it does look marvelous even from the outside! Great location, so you'll probably be near it anyway. Has nice courtyard, so it's nice to sit there on a beautiful day. There's also some sort of coffee shop that has tables outside.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Was my group only lucky, or are all guides there alike? Some guides just droon on as if having turned a switch. This man was real fun talking us through the cathedral before leading us up the long and winding narrow stone steps to the tower. After an outside lesson, he led us into the bell tower, where he proudly... More

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