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Address: Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, Ireland
Phone Number: 00353 1 677 8099
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Christ Church Cathedral is one of Dublin's oldest buildings, a leading...
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.
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We rang the bells- Pity the Population of the city

We spent about an hour walking around the cathedral. One epecial feature was the Baptistry. We understood why St. Patrick adn St Brigid were represented on the windows. When we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2013
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Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We spent about an hour walking around the cathedral. One epecial feature was the Baptistry. We understood why St. Patrick adn St Brigid were represented on the windows. When we came across St. Edmund- we were most surprised as he is not a saint associated with Dublin. Then we realised the Architect had put in a window of himself and... More 

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

Hi there - thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed the belfry tour - our Master Ringer certainly knows his stuff and it's a real experience going up there with him. It's 80 steps to get up to the top but absolutely worth it. You're right about St Edmund - but did you notice St George beside him? The architect... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

This is the oldest Norman cathedral in Ireland, and it is exceptionally well-maintained, from the stained glass to the gorgeous medieval ceramic floor tiles to the intricate stone carvings inside and outside the building. I found the crypt particularly fascinating - largest i have ever seen. We had been to Westminster Abbey week before in London and i greatly preferred... More 

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

Hi there - glad you enjoyed your visit. Our crypt is a real highlight - one of the largest in the UK and Ireland, it is unique in stretching the length of the cathedral. We try not to post information in the cathedral as it ruins the atmosphere, but leaflets are available in most major world languages, as well as... More 

Port Fairy, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We visited the cathedral and paid extra to take the tour. I thought that the fee was a little excessive for a cathedral but decided on the tour as they usually have a good insight. BIG MISTAKE! Our tour guide had very little knowledge of the cathedral, or any of its history and was not ashamed to admit it. His... More 

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

Hi there - I'm so sorry you didn't have a positive experience during your tour. We normally have a very good reaction to our tours - especially when they incorporate the belfry, which isn't normally open to the public. I'll investigate what happened. If you are ever back in Dublin please do get in touch and I will be delighted... More 

Silsbee, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

On a cruise ship stop in Dublin, one of the must-sees on my list was the Christ Church Cathedral. Not only is it an impressive structure from the outside, but inside, as well. It was built in Gothic and Norman style. We were there on a Saturday and opening was at 9:00 AM. That gave us a chance to see... More 

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

Hi - thanks for your great review. It is lovely to see the cathedral early in the morning - we do try to stop it getting too overcrowded but it isn't always easy at this time of year. You seem to have really made the most of your visit (not every reviewer gets all the historical details right, but you... More 

Valencia, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We visited the Cathedral on our first day in Dublin. We were impressed by its´beauty and the crypt was also interesting. The explanations given in the museum/crypt helped our understanding of the historical events that affected the Cathedral. There was also a showing of four costumes used in the filming of "The Tudors", since various scenes were filmed in the... More 

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Aiken, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Beautiful medieval cathedral although the admisstion fee of 6 Euros was a bit much. We visited the church as part of the Viking exhibit next door at St. Audoens church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We went to Christ Church on our Dublin Pass. We also used the Hop On Hop Off bus to get there. The bus dropped us right in front of the church. We entered and so enjoyed the gorgeous structure, and the spiritual atmosphere. The acoustics were amazing, and the history amazing. We especially enjoyed the gift shop and the lovely... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

As you walk through Christ Church Cathedral, you'll see the image of a roaming fox with his bag on a stick scattered throughout --- this is the Foxy Friar, its symbol. It's worth taking the tour around the Church to learn its history from 1028, and to understand the importance of the tomb of Strongbow and his son within its... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

Our guide was a wealth of information. The cathedral was magnificent steeped in history. Recommended for all religions

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Malmo, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

This is truely an underrated Cathedral in Dublin. I never heard of it before my visits to Dublin. St Patricks in all honour but to me this blows it out of the water. This Cathedral barely have any visitors but to enter the crypt was very interesting! It was like an museum with a small café and store in one... More 

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

Hi there - thanks for your review. I'm glad you have a great visit. You're right - it is possible to combine a visit to the cathedral with a visit to Dublinia - combined tickets are available for sale in both attractions. Glad you appreciated the sense of peace - we try to avoid overcrowding but it isn't always easy... More 

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