Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 3:00 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.
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from $9.80
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Plan your visit
The area
Address
Neighborhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • Four Courts • 6 min walk
  • Jervis • 8 min walk
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany4,910 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
We were actually looking for St Patricks Cathedral but found this one on the way and it actually looks prettier. We enjoyed the garden and views. We did not go inside though. But the architecture is magnificent and surprised it was not marked as a main attraction.
Written January 19, 2022
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LKenna
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
Nov 2021
A must see when visiting Dublin, so much history. Darren the guide is exceptional, a great historian,
Written December 4, 2021
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Thanks LKenna for a lovely review and feedback of Darren, we'll be delighted to share with the team.
Written December 13, 2021
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irishguide
3 contributions
I brought a group to the Cathedral for a tour as part of their National Tour Guiding Training.

Daire gave the group an absolute master class in how to guide groups. Not only did he give us an incredible tour of the Cathedral but he also gave great insights into how to give an effective guided tour and for different types of groups.

Would 100% recommend for anybody.

Big thank you to Sophie too for helping me organise the visit.
Written December 1, 2021
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Thanks DublinSchoolTours - you're very good for sharing a review on TripAdvisor. We're delighted that we could welcome you all, and hope we can continue to do so for future tour guides of Dublin! Daire will be thrilled with your kind words.
Written December 13, 2021
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Wilson L
Coquitlam, Canada3,150 contributions
Nov 2021
It was a very cool visit checking out the Christ Church Cathedral. It is an absolutely beautiful cathedral and very close to everything. Definitely recommend checking it out.
Written November 27, 2021
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Thanks Wilson for sharing your feedback here and on Google, we really appreciate it. We hope you'd a great visit to Dublin overall!
Written December 13, 2021
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Tony S
Ardmore, Ireland15 contributions
Oct 2021
Visited October 2021. Tour is by leaflet, which is well laid out and highlights key items within the building. There are an excellent array of artefacts around the Cathedral and in particular, within the crypt. I would normally skip around an exhibition like this, but spent a good, enjoyable hour during my visit. Would highly recommend
Written November 9, 2021
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Hi tonyardmore, Thank you for visiting and posting a great review. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit and overall experience. Thank you for recommending a visit, and for your support! Hope we can welcome you back on another occasion in the near future.
Written November 26, 2021
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Sarah L
Canada11 contributions
Oct 2021
This cathedral was just stunning. If you like Gothic architecture, this is a must-see. We didn't take a tour, just self-guided ourselves with the pamphlet (it had a ton of information) and we learned so much! I imagine the tour would be well worth it. We spent a good two hours walking around reading and seeing everything.
Written November 5, 2021
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Hi sarahIA5760JF, Thank you for visiting and posting a great review. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and overall experience - in particular the flying buttresses! Hope we can welcome you back on another occasion in the near future. Thanks for your support!
Written November 26, 2021
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Mark D
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
The portion of the tour that was in the church was good. But the Dulina norse portion is a waste of money. It is cheesy and geared to children.
Written October 22, 2021
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Hi R3445AMmarkd, Thank you for visiting the cathedral and posting a review. We're sorry to learn that you were disappointed with your combined visit to both Christ Church and Dublinia. If you have specific feedback for us in the cathedral that you would like to send on, we'd be more than happy to receive - you can contact welcome@christchurch.ie. I'm sure the team in Dublinia would agree, but I don't have a contact to share that you could reach out to. Thank you!
Written November 26, 2021
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saintsnurse
Baton Rouge, LA134 contributions
Oct 2021
This is a beautiful and interesting Church. We really enjoyed walking through (on a self-guided tour) and seeing this amazing place. It was very informative and the crypt was interesting to see. The stained glass was also very beautiful to see. Lovely place.
Written October 4, 2021
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Hi Doughty H! Thank you for visiting and posting a great review. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and overall experience - in particular the stained glass! Hope we can welcome you back on another occasion in the near future. Thanks for your support!
Written November 26, 2021
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JohnAnn B
Vancouver, Canada403 contributions
Oct 2020
We visited the church pre-Covid in May 2019; sorry for the delay in review.

We purchased tickets to tour the church with a guide, and the crypt and treasury on our own, plus entry to Dublinia which is an interactive history museum of Dublin. At the time, this cost 26 Euros for two. The Cathedral is impressive and full of history including Strongbow's Tomb (he led the Norman invasion of Dublin), the Baptistry windows with St. Patrick and other saints, beautiful medieval tiles on the floor, the Heart of St. O'Toole and and various chapels. Downstairs in the crypt is the Treasury with a copy of the Magna Carta, and silverware and plate celebrating the Battle of the Boyne. There are stocks from 1670, mummified remains of a cat and rat (apparently found inside the organ pipes), plus a quite decent shop for souvenirs.

From the church you can take a bridge over the street with coats of arms provided and climbed thew tower as well as take in Dublinia. Dublinia is a museum explaining the history of Dublin with full sized figures showing life during the Viking and Medieval periods. Its worth a visit.

We had coffee and tea and biscuits in the cafe and picked up some minor souvenirs (spoons and coasters, although there is a lot more variety if you are interested).

I was really struck by how well organized the guide lead portion of the tour, the personal tour in the crypt and the museum was and how engaging. This is one of the must-sees if you are visiting Dublin.
Written September 4, 2021
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Hi JohnAnn! Thanks for visiting and for posting a review. It sounds like you'd a wonderful experience with both us and our neighbours Dublinia. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visits and would consider us a must-see in Dublin! We hope the rest of your time in the city was just as good.
Written October 4, 2021
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PSfromIndy
Indianapolis, IN50 contributions
Jul 2021
My 21 yer old son and I spent about 70 minutes on a self guided tour of the Cathedral. His favorite part was the crypt. It was full of interesting information and even a cat & a rat and a story about the church organ.
I enjoyed the many stained glass windows and craftsmanship of the building itself. This would be in my top 5 of things to do in Dublin.
Written August 3, 2021
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Hi PSfromIndy. Thank you both for visiting the cathedral and leaving a review. We're delighted to learn that you both enjoyed your time on a self-guided tour and that you consider us as one of your top 5 things to do in the city! We hope that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit to Dublin!
Written August 23, 2021
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Christ Church Cathedral is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Mon - Mon 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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