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St. Michan's Church

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Address: Church St. Lower, Dublin DUBLIN 7, Ireland
Phone Number: 35318724154
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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
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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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Had a chance to take in St. Michan's on a recent visit to Dublin with the family. This was a throw in stop but turned out to be a really interesting place. The crypts were full... read more

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was suggested we visit this historic Church but found the way the remains are displayed a bit morbid and disrespectful. I get the history side of it as one of the original sites where the Vikings settled in Dublin but the tour guide presented it like an actor from a scene in a cult zombie movie! Wrong.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had a chance to take in St. Michan's on a recent visit to Dublin with the family. This was a throw in stop but turned out to be a really interesting place. The crypts were full of interesting history. The guide did a nice job making the whole thing interactive and fun. Kids had a good time. So did the... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a rolling tour under the church for all of 6euro, with mummies and bones and skulls and coffins, given by a guide with an interesting approach to information giving. It is in a confined space and semi dark and if you get spooked easily, then not for you. But it's the living you need to be afraid of,... More 

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Winchester, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This out of the way church is worth the map hunting to visit. Unique and the tour guide is tongue-in-cheek funny.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The church is interesting but the real draw is the catacombs. The tour guide is informative. We took the tour first thing in the morning and our tourguide was a bit subdued. Having said that, he was still quite informative and pleasant. Like the fact that he is very respectful of the dead and no longer allows people INTO the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

At first, it's a bit intimidating but the tour director was great! He added to the experience with his jokes and fun stories.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Learned lots of interesting information about the history of Ireland. The tour guide was great and it was fairly short, so easy to fit in if you have some extra time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Several tourism guides point out that you can touch one of the mummies in the crypts - you actually can't. Just to get that out of the way first. If you wanted to touch a mummy, you won't do it here. The crypts are not accessible for people who have mobility issues - the openings are steep and small. BUT... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is amazing. You must see this attraction, if I can call it that. The guide was really good and made the whole experience unmissable.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Church itself is unimpressive so we were hoping the tour of the crypt was better. The guide was a bit eccentric and told a few tales of how the mummified bodies came about. You get to see the mummies after climbing down some steps into the vaults. Wouldn't be suitable for people with mobility issues.

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