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Christ Church Cathedral

Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, Ireland
00353 1 677 8099
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Ranked #46 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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Williamsburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Most churches charge these days, and Christ Church is no exception. The cathedral is nice, but I found the crypts a little more interesting. They had filmed some scenes from the Tudors there and have a number of the costumes from the show. Don’t miss the cat and the rat in the crypts. The kids will like that one.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Didn't do a lot for me but if you are a student of churches it is worth the stop. I thought the six euro fee was outrageous, however, as compared to the other alternative stops.

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

Thanks for your review. I think you must be constantly scandalised if 6e seems way overpriced for visiting an ancient site such as ours ;-) - you can just about buy a pint of Guinness for this amount of money. We are much cheaper than other privately run heritage sites in Dublin - Book of Kells, Guinness Storehouse etc. and... More

Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Christ Church was very interesting to explore in Dublin. While not the largest cathedral, it has the most interesting history. We missed on joining the guided tour which is the only way to access the belfry, but the self guided tour was informative as well. The admission fee includes access to the crypt which also has an excellent displays of... More

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Middelburg, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I think that this cathedral is really well kept, and seems to be a living breathing church still, which is nice to see instead of it becoming a museum. The 19th century renovations weren't over the top like some other Victorian era updates seem to get, and the oldest bits of the church are in the transepts as they always... More

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

Thanks for your review - it's always great to feel that the immense care taken over the upkeep of the cathedral is appreciated! We are very much a living, breathing church community, I'm so glad you noticed - perhaps next time you could schedule in a choral service to your visit, to really see (and hear) the cathedral at its... More

Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Christ Church is a wonderful, ancient cathedral established around 1089 in the heart of Dublin. As such, I found it kept up quite well as it's still a very active church. There is an admission fee (nominal) but that's insignificant compared to the upkeep cost the church bears in operating a treasure like this. The stain glass is beautiful, the... More

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

Thanks for your review. I'm always so glad when a thoughtful person like yourself is able to weigh up the small admission fee against the huge cost and effort which goes into maintaining our ancient building. We have lay-readers from the diocese in the cathedral every day and they are always so willing to talk to our visitors and share... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

If you hop on the bus tour there's a stop right by the cathedral. The outside space is well kept, there are tables and food to be purchased. The inside space is very beautiful, i thought all personal friendly and willing to explain every detail. I think paying the guided tour is worth the money. You get to climb to... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Impressive doesn't seem adequate. Handel's Messiah was first performed here. It is truly magnificent .

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Built in 1038, founded in 1030 by the Hiberno-Norse, and located in the medieval / Viking area of the city, this cathedral was rebuilt by the Anglo Normans in the 1870's. So there is a mix of the old and the new architecturally. Lots of interesting nooks & crannies to explore, and of course steeped in the history of Ireland,... More

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Keizer, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 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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Lesley-Anne C, Education Officer at Christ Church Cathedral, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - glad you really took the time to explore the cathedral. Those who only spend a very short time here can get a lot out of a visit but there are lots of details - the intricate stonework, beautiful stained glass, sense of peace and proportion that you only begin to notice when you slow down... More

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

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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