Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 6:00 PM
About
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, the largest in Ireland, extends under the entire Cathedral and contains the mummified Cat and Rat, trapped in the organ in the 1860s. Please note Sunday visiting hours operate around service times. Sunday service times are 11:00-12:30 and 15:30-16:30.
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Neighborhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • Four Courts • 6 min walk
  • Jervis • 8 min walk
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  • K L
    56 contributions
    Stunning cathedral & the choir were great!
    We had the pleasure of the view of this cathedral from the Jurys Inn hotel opposite. But we also took a visit and listened to the beautiful choir in an afternoon service in Sunday at 3.30pm. We were really made to feel welcome too, which made it easier to feel comfortable, even though I don't usually attend church services. Impressive.
    Hi K L, Many thanks for visiting Christ Church Cathedral and for posting a review of your visit on Trip Advisor. We're thrilled to receive your kind feedback, and to learn that you visited and attended our Sunday service. Thank you for the kind words about our choir and team. I'll be happy to share with all of the staff here. We hope the rest of your visit to Dublin was just as enjoyable.
    Written February 18, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 30, 2020
  • Maria C
    Loughton, United Kingdom155 contributions
    Wonderful Experience
    We were lucky that, when we arrived a local school choir were singing Christmas hymns and, we were able to sit and watch and take it all in which was a wonderful experience. We also did the full tour but as we were short on time we decided not to use the optional audio guide. The staff here were very friendly and helpful and the entrance fee is reasonable for the amount of interesting things to view. The crypt has a small gift shop and an area where you can dress in medieval style clothing, which was popular with many of the visitors. There are also toilet facilities in the crypt. I would definetly visit again.
    Thanks Maria for such a detailed review and feedback, we really appreciate it. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit so much and the bonus of a school choir performing their Christmas carol service. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
    Written January 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 22, 2022
  • goodeats00
    Charlotte, North Carolina101 contributions
    Very fun tour!
    Guided tour was fantastic!! We had a male tour guide - I’m sorry I didn’t catch his name because we were a few minutes late. He was funny, knowledgeable and entertaining. He lead us on an informative yet FUN tour around the cathedral. We saw the mummified cat and mouse, Dublin from the bell tower and rang the Christ Church bells! It was the most fun we had all trip. A must do!!! Thank you and keep in doing great tours!
    Hi Goodeats00, Many thanks for visiting Christ Church Cathedral, and for posting a review on TripAdvisor. We are thrilled to read such a glowing review about our tour guide, the cathedral's history and the guided tour experience. Thank you for this kind feedback - we're delighted that you had the most fun with us. We hope that you thoroughly enjoyed the rest of your time in Dublin and Ireland also!
    Written March 16, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 9, 2020
  • Nyallg
    Warragul, Australia326 contributions
    Living, breathing, sacred.
    I have been lucky enough to be back to Christ Church a fews times over the years and each time I feel a little overwhelmed when entering the main body of the cathedral. You are immediately enveloped in the quiet calm of this sacred place, and my mind always goes back to the thought that this represents about 1000 years of continuous worship and reflection. Men and women have, over the centuries come to worship, to ask for help, intercession, relief from illness and affliction, to pray before going into battle, to pray for the dead and dying. The walls must hold so many thoughts and secrets ! How lucky to be here and to admire the timelessness and majesty of the stained glass windows, the exquisite floor tiling, the soaring ceilings, the crypts ( were they really a market place so long ago ?) and the bell tower. It is so beautiful just to sit and recharge, even for just a few minutes and be still. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the clergy, all the staff, the volunteers- those who make this such a special place.
    Hi Nyallg, Many thanks for visiting Christ Church Cathedral, on more than one occasion, and for posting a review on TripAdvisor. This is such a special review to read - we're so thrilled that your visits and experiences at the cathedral continue to have such an impact on you mentally, physically and spiritually. Such experiences are what we endeavour for all those to have who walk through the main doors. Thank you for your kind words and feedback about all the team here also - I'll be happy to share them. We hope to welcome you back to the cathedral again in the very near future. Take care & best regards!
    Written April 3, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2019
    Written March 21, 2020
  • Casper Dawson
    1 contribution
    Banishment! Horrible experience.
    I was walking down Dame Street towards the Christ Church Cathedral with my sister from Poland and my girlfriend from the Philippines. The main reason why my sister and my girlfriend came to Dublin was a religious experience related to visiting the church. When we finally reached the church, we entered the cathedral, opened the main door and saw a man in a black suit (priest?) who asked us to go out... We could not believe... It is unthinkable in Poland and either in the Philippines that a priest will not allow you to enter the cathedral during a mass. Come visit Poland or the Philippines, you will enter churches always, almost anytime, priests are always welcoming and friendly and supportive, unlike in IRELAND!
    Hi Casdawson, Many thanks for sharing your feedback with us on your recent visit to the cathedral. Firstly, may I apologize on behalf of all the team here for the greeting that you, your sister and your girlfriend received when you arrived to the cathedral entrane. Christ Church Cathedral is a working Anglican cathedral, as well as a popular cultural heritage site among tourists and Dubliners alike. Our opening hours for visiting are scheduled around our worship and service hours. While there is a service happening, the cathedral is not open for visiting i.e. self-guided or guided tours, as to do so would directly impact the service taking place and those worshiping. However, all are welcome to join us for service and visit the cathedral afterward and this should have been communicated to you, your sister and your girlfriend on the day that you visited. Please can you advise what day and date you visited the cathedral? Feel free to contact me directly on the details below. We will be sure to follow this up internally with all staff. Our sincere apologies again, and we hope to welcome you all back to the cathedral in the very near future. Sophie Gough welcome@christchurch.ie
    Written January 20, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 15, 2020
  • kwagmeister
    Newburgh, Indiana1,657 contributions
    Don’t miss the crypt!
    Beautiful cathedral - don’t miss the crypt! After you enter and pay your admission you’ll scan a QR code to bring up the audio guide on your phone (very 21st century!). The stories told are what makes the visit all the more interesting. Down in the crypt is some beautiful Eucharist plates and chalices, as well as the Black Book…..Magna Carta buffs won’t want to miss a glimpse of that. I could have done without the skeletal remains of the cat and rat, but as they were next to the gift shop (which was lovely) I had to take a look. this is a must visit and just steps from St. Patrick’s cathedral.
    Hi kwagmeister. Thanks for visiting the cathedral and supporting us. We're thrilled to read your feedback and to learn you thoroughly enjoyed your visit. Enjoy the rest of your time in Dublin!
    Written August 19, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2022
    Written August 13, 2022
  • Rusmir
    Dublin, Ireland176 contributions
    Sacred gem
    This place would be in my top ten when we are talking about Dublin experiences. Breathtaking architecture. Stunning view. Telling a stories centuries ago. For any tourist and visitor this is a must see spot. Holy mass available on Sundays. Visitors - i will recommend to book your ticket online because quees are happening very often. Next to the cathedral there is beautiful viking experience museum 'Dublinia' , so it's a good way to explore both spots.
    Visited September 2020
    Traveled solo
    Written September 22, 2020
  • bigwawao
    New York City, New York10,138 contributions
    Beautifuland Impressive!
    Was here alone last October. Did the self guided tour. This is a very beautiful church in " competition " with St. Patrick's Cathedral. On the grounds is a statue of a man lying down on a bench. If you look closely you will see nail holes on the feet. So you can deduce who this is meant to be. Inside. In the basement, you will find the mummified remains of a cat and a rat. The cat was chasing a rat and they went up, if I remember, an organ pipe. Both got stuck. Don't forget to see the catacombs! Lord Strongbow, nickname of Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, Lord of Leinster, Justiciar of Ireland, also known as Richard FitzGilbert, was an Anglo-Norman nobleman notable for his leading role in the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland. He was reported to be buried here although other sources said he was buried in Gloucester. The church architecture is quite impressive and beautiful. It alone is worth your time. If you ask me, I would say at par with St. Patrick's Cathedral. Visit both of them!
    Visited October 2019
    Written September 30, 2020
  • lauradoll78
    Durham, United Kingdom57 contributions
    Lovely place to visit.
    Great place to visit and loved the option of an audio or written guide, my son loved the audio guide and could navigate this himself. As a cathedral lover it’s always nice to visit somewhere new. It’s a small but pretty cathedral and the treasures and fun facts (Rat and the Cat) were good to learn about.
    Hi lauradoll78, Many thanks for visiting Christ Church Cathedral, and for posting a review onTripAdvisor. We're really thrilled to receive such a lovely (!) review, and appreciate your kind feedback. We will be happy to share with the team, and we hope that you had just as pleasant a remaining trip in Dublin.
    Written April 19, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written April 17, 2022
  • Lazaro M
    Miami Beach, Florida108 contributions
    Famous but not that big
    It looks bigger in pictures. It's free to get in. Basically, it's a regular church with a lot of history. I did not know until after I left that you could visit the crypts in the basement. A lot of people visit each day but the crowds don't pose a problem because there is a lot of space to walk around.
    Hi Lazaro M, Thank you for your review, we really appreciate your feedback. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your visit to the cathedral and we hope to welcome you back to have a look at the crypt as well in the very near future.
    Written April 8, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2022
    Written April 6, 2022
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Nyallg
Warragul, Australia326 contributions
Sep 2019
I have been lucky enough to be back to Christ Church a fews times over the years and each time I feel a little overwhelmed when entering the main body of the cathedral. You are immediately enveloped in the quiet calm of this sacred place, and my mind always goes back to the thought that this represents about 1000 years of continuous worship and reflection. Men and women have, over the centuries come to worship, to ask for help, intercession, relief from illness and affliction, to pray before going into battle, to pray for the dead and dying. The walls must hold so many thoughts and secrets ! How lucky to be here and to admire the timelessness and majesty of the stained glass windows, the exquisite floor tiling, the soaring ceilings, the crypts ( were they really a market place so long ago ?) and the bell tower. It is so beautiful just to sit and recharge, even for just a few minutes and be still. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the clergy, all the staff, the volunteers- those who make this such a special place.
Written March 22, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi Nyallg, Many thanks for visiting Christ Church Cathedral, on more than one occasion, and for posting a review on TripAdvisor. This is such a special review to read - we're so thrilled that your visits and experiences at the cathedral continue to have such an impact on you mentally, physically and spiritually. Such experiences are what we endeavour for all those to have who walk through the main doors. Thank you for your kind words and feedback about all the team here also - I'll be happy to share them. We hope to welcome you back to the cathedral again in the very near future. Take care & best regards!
Written April 3, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Casper Dawson
1 contribution
Jan 2020
I was walking down Dame Street towards the Christ Church Cathedral with my sister from Poland and my girlfriend from the Philippines. The main reason why my sister and my girlfriend came to Dublin was a religious experience related to visiting the church. When we finally reached the church, we entered the cathedral, opened the main door and saw a man in a black suit (priest?) who asked us to go out... We could not believe... It is unthinkable in Poland and either in the Philippines that a priest will not allow you to enter the cathedral during a mass. Come visit Poland or the Philippines, you will enter churches always, almost anytime, priests are always welcoming and friendly and supportive, unlike in IRELAND!
Written January 15, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi Casdawson, Many thanks for sharing your feedback with us on your recent visit to the cathedral. Firstly, may I apologize on behalf of all the team here for the greeting that you, your sister and your girlfriend received when you arrived to the cathedral entrane. Christ Church Cathedral is a working Anglican cathedral, as well as a popular cultural heritage site among tourists and Dubliners alike. Our opening hours for visiting are scheduled around our worship and service hours. While there is a service happening, the cathedral is not open for visiting i.e. self-guided or guided tours, as to do so would directly impact the service taking place and those worshiping. However, all are welcome to join us for service and visit the cathedral afterward and this should have been communicated to you, your sister and your girlfriend on the day that you visited. Please can you advise what day and date you visited the cathedral? Feel free to contact me directly on the details below. We will be sure to follow this up internally with all staff. Our sincere apologies again, and we hope to welcome you all back to the cathedral in the very near future. Sophie Gough welcome@christchurch.ie
Written January 20, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

kwagmeister
Newburgh, IN1,657 contributions
Aug 2022
Beautiful cathedral - don’t miss the crypt!
After you enter and pay your admission you’ll scan a QR code to bring up the audio guide on your phone (very 21st century!). The stories told are what makes the visit all the more interesting.
Down in the crypt is some beautiful Eucharist plates and chalices, as well as the Black Book…..Magna Carta buffs won’t want to miss a glimpse of that. I could have done without the skeletal remains of the cat and rat, but as they were next to the gift shop (which was lovely) I had to take a look.
this is a must visit and just steps from St. Patrick’s cathedral.
Written August 13, 2022
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Hi kwagmeister. Thanks for visiting the cathedral and supporting us. We're thrilled to read your feedback and to learn you thoroughly enjoyed your visit. Enjoy the rest of your time in Dublin!
Written August 19, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Rusmir
Dublin, Ireland176 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
This place would be in my top ten when we are talking about Dublin experiences. Breathtaking architecture. Stunning view. Telling a stories centuries ago. For any tourist and visitor this is a must see spot. Holy mass available on Sundays. Visitors - i will recommend to book your ticket online because quees are happening very often. Next to the cathedral there is beautiful viking experience museum 'Dublinia' , so it's a good way to explore both spots.
Written September 22, 2020
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bigwawao
New York City, NY10,138 contributions
Oct 2019
Was here alone last October. Did the self guided tour.
This is a very beautiful church in " competition " with St. Patrick's Cathedral.

On the grounds is a statue of a man lying down on a bench. If you look closely you will see nail holes on the feet. So you can deduce who this is meant to be.
Inside.
In the basement, you will find the mummified remains of a cat and a rat. The cat was chasing a rat and they went up, if I remember, an organ pipe. Both got stuck.

Don't forget to see the catacombs!

Lord Strongbow, nickname of Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, Lord of Leinster, Justiciar of Ireland, also known as Richard FitzGilbert, was an Anglo-Norman nobleman notable for his leading role in the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland. He was reported to be buried here although other sources said he was buried in Gloucester.

The church architecture is quite impressive and beautiful. It alone is worth your time.

If you ask me, I would say at par with St. Patrick's Cathedral. Visit both of them!
Written September 30, 2020
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lauradoll78
Durham, UK57 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Great place to visit and loved the option of an audio or written guide, my son loved the audio guide and could navigate this himself. As a cathedral lover it’s always nice to visit somewhere new. It’s a small but pretty cathedral and the treasures and fun facts (Rat and the Cat) were good to learn about.
Written April 17, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi lauradoll78, Many thanks for visiting Christ Church Cathedral, and for posting a review onTripAdvisor. We're really thrilled to receive such a lovely (!) review, and appreciate your kind feedback. We will be happy to share with the team, and we hope that you had just as pleasant a remaining trip in Dublin.
Written April 19, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lazaro M
Miami Beach, FL108 contributions
Apr 2022
It looks bigger in pictures. It's free to get in. Basically, it's a regular church with a lot of history. I did not know until after I left that you could visit the crypts in the basement. A lot of people visit each day but the crowds don't pose a problem because there is a lot of space to walk around.
Written April 6, 2022
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Hi Lazaro M, Thank you for your review, we really appreciate your feedback. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your visit to the cathedral and we hope to welcome you back to have a look at the crypt as well in the very near future.
Written April 8, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

John Ryan
Tallaght15 contributions
Mar 2023 • Business
Visited the Cathedral on March 7th with some colleagues from the DoDublin tours and had the pleasure of Darragh Daly giving us his tour. As guides ourselves, it was a great experience to be tourists in our own town in one of our most iconic landmarks and to have such a great character show us around. His stories of the history of the Cathedral, the people associated with it and the people who have visited it over the years were brilliant. To top it off we then climbed the 13th century staircase to the Bell tower to ring the bells across the city. A very memorable experience. Live in the town you love and love the town you live in. Thanks Darragh and all at the Cathedral. A must do for visitors and locals alike.
Written March 17, 2023
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Thank you Fine P for a brilliant review. We were delighted to welcome you and some of the other new DoDublin drivers. We'll happily share this feedback with the wider team, especially Daire. Best of luck with the season ahead!
Written March 31, 2023
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Jim E
Redondo Beach, CA45 contributions
Sep 2022
Very friendly staff, beautiful building inside and out with some fantastic stained glass windows and artifacts.
Close to our hotel so we made it the first stop of the day, arrived a little before 10 am opening time, waited a few minutes and purchased a ticked, self guided audio tour the you can do on your phone.

Crypts were very nice, a few more exhibits in the crypts along with the gift shop. Some costumes from The Tudors TV show that filmed here.

Prices in the gift shop were reasonable, cashier was very friendly and asked everyone where they were from and gave a little fact about their state or country.

Highly recommended if you are into old churches.
Written October 22, 2022
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Thank you 693JamesE for visiting and supporting the cathedral. Your detailed feedback is very much appreciated by all too, so thank you. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Dublin!
Written December 9, 2022
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Lita L
92 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Instead of paying the price of admission to tour the cathedral, we decided to join their 3:30pm Choral Evensong (45-min). Truly a slice of heaven on earth! I've experience Evensongs at St. Paul's, Westminster Abbey, York Cathedral, Sagrada Familia, and more. Christ Church Cathedral choir ranks high on the list.
Written July 29, 2023
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Thank you 648lital for the wonderful review. We're really thrilled with this feedback, and appreciate it so much. Hope to welcome you back soon in the future!
Written August 4, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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