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Gallarus Oratory

8 km (5 mi) northeast of Ballyferriter on R559, Dingle, Ireland
353-66-915-5333
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Ranked #7 of 30 attractions in Dingle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites
Description: Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.
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Midleton, Cork, Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is a truly amazing building, still watertight after about 1200 years! Completely constructed of dry stone in the shape of an upturned boat, it is quite amazing that the structure remains standing in the harsh environment of southwest Ireland. Definitely worth taking time to make the visit.

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Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Skip the famine house and bee hive rip offs and visit the Gallarus Oratory. Well preserved and interesting to walk into. Amazingly solid construction. Yes, there is another path to get in which will avoid the 3 euro fee, but if you skip the Famine house or beehive, put that money toward the entrance fee for Gallarus - at least... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We found this historic site fascinating. The video is really interesting and covers other sites, the staff really friendly and the building itself is fascinating. Don't miss the upstairs tea room as the scones are yummy!

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PA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It is amazing that this little building, like an upside down boat, is still waterproof and standing after hundreds of years. All of Ireland is filled with history but Dingle seems to have more still standing structures

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Kerry
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A beautiful oratory built between the 7 th and 8 th century . A fabulous well preserved early Christian church. Went there for a visit early this week with my husband and 3 kids. Spent a few days in the dingle area on holiday with my family. Amazing little church steeped in history. At the end of our visit one... More

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Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Lovely place to visit. rate E3 per adult. Audio visual very informative, The oratory is just amazing and makes you appreciate the skills of our ancestors. It is about a five minute walk from the entrance to the oratory. The gentleman at reception was very nice especially to our two little girls.Well worth a visit.

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Canada
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162 attraction reviews
408 helpful votes 408 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Guy on desk was abrupt, wanted to sell me a ticket so much I just wandered and found the castle down the road. Not open but I was able to grab pictures close enough, it did cost me several pats to some friendly dogs, seemed more interesting and cheaper.

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ireland
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81 reviews 81 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I had never ben here in all my years in kerry so it was a surprise to visit this interesting unique attraction. Well worth going to the visitor centre for parking, cafe etc and particularly the Audio visual film of about 15 mins that puts not just Gallarus but Kerry heritage in perspective. The centre and site are very well... More

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Perth, Australia
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359 reviews 359 reviews
129 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Easily accessible, but there is a 250M to 300M walk from the parking lot to the attraction. Very well preserved and in excellent condition, well worth taking the time to view this very very structure.

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SF Bay Area
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We heard great reviews of Gallarus Oratory and were looking forward to visiting it. Unfortunately, everyone else heard those same reviews. There were a lot of people there and it was difficult to get a good photo of it without people in the picture. Difficult, but not impossible. You just have to be patient. The design and construction of the... More

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