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Gallarus Oratory

8 km northeast of Ballyferriter on R559, Dingle, Ireland
+353 66 915 5333
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Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.
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8 km northeast of Ballyferriter on R559, Dingle, Ireland
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"stone building"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is very peaceful. Not crowded with tourists. Very fun to explore. We went as part of our Dingle Peninsula tour (courtesy of Slea Head tours). Our driver shared his knowledge of the place with its history. The way the stones are pieced together is...More

Thank Patrice518
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Reviewed January 9, 2018 via mobile

The Gallarus Oratory is a chapel located on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland. It has been presented variously as an early Christian stone church by its discoverer, antiquary Charles Smith, in 1756; a 12th-century Romanesque church by archaeologist Peter Harbison in 1970; a shelter...More

2  Thank David M
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Reviewed January 4, 2018

We had a very memorable evening on New Year's Eve at the Gallarus Oratory and the Visitors Center. Members of the community gathered at the Oratory for prayers by candle light in the oratory on New Year's Eve. We then had tea at the visitors...More

3  Thank Maire_Southampton
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Reviewed December 19, 2017 via mobile

The Gallarus Oratory was the best part of our experience on the loop. It's a must see . The staff were so kind to my family. The actual building is amazing. I would recommend taking part in the guided tour. Such great people running it...More

2  Thank Ashley H
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Reviewed December 13, 2017

You must stop to admire this beautiful and ancient structure - one of only a few remaining intact corbel-built structures. Constructed over 1300 years ago.

2  Thank skagittraveller
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Reviewed December 10, 2017

I visited Galarus Oratory yesterday with a friend and was in awe of this ancient place of Christian worship. The gentleman present was very welcoming and happy to answer questions. I hope to go back at a time when the weather is better. Many thanks.

2  Thank jf62014
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Reviewed November 27, 2017

If you go to Dingle you should definitely drive the scenic Dingle Peninsula Loop and do so with enough time to make many stops at all the interesting spots along the way - including the Gallarus Oratory. This quaint little drystone church has been around...More

3  Thank Pamela F
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Reviewed November 17, 2017 via mobile

In mid-October, a beautiful Irish Robin sang to us as we walked up the path to the Gallarus Oratory near Ballyferriter on the Dingle Peninsula. The robin seemed to be welcoming us to the ancient awe-inspiring site. We had the place all to ourselves and...More

3  Thank Gail G
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Reviewed November 14, 2017 via mobile

As part of a Slea Head drive, it is worth a stop here to inspect this impressive dry-stone constructed structure. There is a short video presentation at the Visitor Centre to take in before undertaking the short walk to the site. There us a small...More

3  Thank bobjanh
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Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

Built almost 1300 years ago and still waterproof, it’s a unique old building. However, it’s very small, and after walking inside and snapping a picture, there’s not much else to do or see if you’re not interested in the informational video at the visitor’s center....More

Thank Betsy S
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