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St. Michan's Church

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Address: Church St. Lower, Dublin DUBLIN 7, Ireland
Phone Number: 35318724154
2:00 pm - 4:45 pm
10:00 am - 12:45 pm
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Mon - Fri 2:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 12:45 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Underneath the church are five long burial vaults containing the mummified...

Underneath the church are five long burial vaults containing the mummified remains of many of Dublin's most influential 17th, 18th and 19th century families, including the legendary Shears brothers and the highly decorated coffins of the Earl's of Leitrim. Since Victorian times visitors have descended the vault steps to see the mummies and Bram Stoker, creator of the "Dracula" stories is believed to have visited the vaults in the company of his family. In one vault can be seen the remains of the "Crusader" though in fact he is only 650 years dead. The early visitors to the vaults were responsible for many of the myths and legends surrounding the bodies, though modern scientific investigations have cast doubts on many of these stories. Nevertheless, a visit to the Crypts to see the historic mummies is a remarkable experience.

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Nice tour of the catacombs

The guide of this tour really made it fun and informative. He certainly has the knowledge and humor to turn this tour into a great experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The guide of this tour really made it fun and informative. He certainly has the knowledge and humor to turn this tour into a great experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The main office is run by a charming old couple, and the tour was given by a man with a very appropriately dour demeanor who nevertheless was great at telling the history of the church and the people buried underneath it - especially the mummies! If you're interested in a short, spooky tour of one of Dublin's oldest churches, go... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have only been in Dublin for 2 1/2 days so far and have done three tours. St. Michan's crypt tour is by far the best 6 euro spent so far this trip and best tour. Our guide was what I called the Willy Wonka of death. He was phenomenal. Witty, quirky and fun! This is only a 20 minute... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

St. Michan's Church dates back to a Viking structure built on the site in the late 11th century, although the present church dates back to 1686. This is an active church community, not just a tourist site, and there are no tours given on Sunday. The church itself was rather cold inside and had a musty scent to it. Small... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, what can I say, I had 3 teenage lads to entertain and St. Michan's Church seemed right up their street. It is very atmospheric and well worth a visit. However, it is not for very young kids as it could be frightening. I would've liked to have had a bit more light to see the crypts. The tour of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

St Michan's is another place on my list of local attractions I'd been meaning to get to for. Finally got there today and was left a bit underwhelmed. The church itself, as has been stated in many reviews, is unremarkable. Like me I'm sure 99% are there to see the crypt. After some confusion finding the guide and the tour... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was surprised with a ticket to Duke Special - amazing venue, so atmospheric and so intimate, with wonderful acoustics. We got to have a little look around after -there are crypts! An unassuming treasure of Dublin.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

well worth the visit if you have time, even if a little macabre. The guide is well worth waiting for, he is sure to make you smile

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church is sweet and interesting in its own right, but the crypts are a must see. When you buy your ticket, you get a very nice printed guide that shares some of the church's history, but the most entertaining and educational part is the tour of the crypts. The guide did a great job balancing entertaining the group and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The church interior is nice, though not as extravagant as other churches and the crypts were quite interesting. It is small but well worth the visit. The tour guide was an excellent balance of entertaining and informative. My friend and I were walking around the church all reverent like, and the tour guide pops in and exclaims "Who wants to... More 

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