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St. Michan's Church

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Address: Church St. Lower, Dublin DUBLIN 7, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 1 872 4154
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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A brilliant alternative visitor attraction.

A bit different than most tourist sites. Not for those frightened of ghosts and bodies, but exceptionally interesting and some unique history. Highly recommended.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A bit different than most tourist sites. Not for those frightened of ghosts and bodies, but exceptionally interesting and some unique history. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an experience... the tour guide is so enthusiastic but relaxed and the short tour to see the crypts and the mummies should be on everyone's to do list in Dublin (although I'm not sure they'd handle many more visitors) Two crypts, one with exposed mummies for the €6 fee was well worth it

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. The tour guide was very good and very entertaining. The mummys in the vault were well preserved and to hear the history behind them was superb.

Thank 163marilenaf
Newark, Delaware USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saw a traditional irish music concert at this church. COncert was great and the church was beautiful. I don't think they use the church anymore, but still nice

Thank Stephen D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we always try to visit St MIchan's when we are in Dublin. This time we had the kids with us and they enjoyed going into the crypts. The tour guide is excellent and made the whole experience really fun while also providing a great history lesson. Sadly you can't shake the mummies hand anymore. Not usually on the mainstream tourist... More 

Thank TexasMerlot
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not much to this place at the start and thought it as just another church so we will make a quick look and go. This was the highlight of our trip.

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Church is fairly basic, but crypt tour was amazing. You actually climb underneath the church to the small crypt. There are skulls coffins, stories. Tour guide did a great job explaining the history of the church/crypt as well as what is known of the people buried there. Best church tour I took in Dublin.

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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

My husband and I have been wanting to visit the crypts for months. It's great to know that we have something like this in the city centre. If you have about half an hour to kill, put this in your itinerary. The church is nestled amid modern buildings. You wouldn't have thought there are mummies and coffins of hundreds of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

This attraction is a bargain at 6.00 euros for adults and 4.00 for seniors and children. I sought this church out specifically to see the organ that is housed here. It is strongly believed that Handel practiced "The Messiah" on this organ before its first performance. After seeing the beautiful organ, I was made aware that we could also tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

My friends and I did the tour of St. Michans in October 2016. I had previously been brought on a tour many years before as part of my school days. The church is a lovely and straight forward example within the surrounding area; however the crypts beneath the church are something to behold. A fascinating area with wonderful history. I... More 

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