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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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ireland
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81 reviews 81 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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326 reviews 326 reviews
112 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

After driving the narrow roads the large safe parking area was a very welcome site, but just the beginning to the wonderful grounds and history that was shared by the staff. Do not rush through this property. Climb the concealed steps in the stone wall through the pasture behind the oratory to a large sitting rock and enjoy the mind... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

It's a small place a little out of the way, but it's amazing to think that this was built of stone hundreds of years ago and is still standing. The stones are placed so intricately, like a puzzle, each fitting perfectly in with the next. Worth a stop.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This old stone building is the only one of its kind still standing and is a sight to behold. I recommend that you stop and check it out as you make your way along Slea Head Drive.

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San Diego, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

The Gallarus Oratory is a great piece of Dingle history to visit! The family farm and oratory have been beautifully preserved. You can hike the field up behind the oratory and get amazing views of Dingle area and the Three Sisters mountains. Seamus, who runs the center, is a wealth of knowledge too. His wife, Kathleen, runs the cafe and... More

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24 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Fascinating historic structure and some stone work. They charge admission to a lot of the Dingle historic landmarks. I'm okay with the fee, as long as it goes to maintenance, but we spent more on admissions along the "ring of Dingle" than just about anywhere.

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Calgary, AB
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87 reviews 87 reviews
38 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Another neat bit of history in Ireland. This intact, all stone little church is amazing in the sturdiness of the architecture. A bit of description is on the ticket.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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205 reviews 205 reviews
155 attraction reviews
226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Not a lot to see and don't need a lot of time to stop here - but don't just pass by. Make the detour. Amazing how they built 1,000 years ago and that the place is still standing intact.

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