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St. Michan's Church
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Dublin Gravedigger Ghost Tour
Ranked #29 of 547 things to do in Dublin
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 12, 2013

I really liked the guy giving the tour. I think he might be in theater, very dramatic and funny! The crypts and mummies were awesome, and to see the organ where Handle practiced Messiah was amazing as well.

Thank KMB8178
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

What everyone else has written, the tour guide is out of this world, whacky, creepy, dramatic, and a bit off his rocker? or just a wonderful actor who takes his part very seriously.

#1 - Take note of days it's open and times of opening. We had to go and see it our last morning in Dublin before flying out since Crypt is not open on weekends. Church/Crypt opens at 10 AM for a couple of hours and then again in afternoon. We were there before 10 and checked out the outside of the building and the cemetery behind the church.

#2 - Worth the price of admission. Think I paid 5 euro, senior discount was 4 euro. You can check out the inside of the church at your leisure, and there's a flyer that you can collect that tells you bits and pieces of its history.

#3 - We were only ones on first part of tour, it's about 4-5 steps into the first crypt, and one of them is a bit of a larger step down, which guide let us know ahead of time. They do have signs posted that say no photos allowed, but then he did allow us to take some. Great thoughts on how the mummies came to reside there and how they were uncovered. I had to step into the crypt to touch the good luck finger of the crusader who lost part of his legs to fit into his casket.
The second crypt was unlocked for us while the tour guide collected two more people and then they joined us while he told us of the other families who have rights to burial here, why some can be shown and others not, and then a final glimpse into the area where some of the men from the rebellion are kept - and their history.

#4 - Whole thing didn't take more than half an hour but it was an intersting way to spend some time before leaving the city. Just around the corner from the Jamison Distillery so if you have that on your "to do" list, I'd make the time to check this out as well.

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Reviewed September 10, 2013

St Michans church itself is not that impressive but this attraction is all about the crypts and the storytelling. For that alone it is worth the entrance fee and the trip there.

You get to see real life coffins and bones/remains from hundreds of years ago. The stories are all well told and entertaining. There were a few kids on the trip that we were on and that helped make the trip to see their excited and shocked faces.

Note: To get into the crypts you have to go into a small entrance and down into a narrow enough underground tunnel. It doesn't feel claustephobic but if have issues in this regard you might be better off asking to see it first before paying to enter it. Also, there would be no wheelchair access to the crypts.

Thank meenamara
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

We "bumped" into St. Michan's Church and Crypts as we left the Jamieson Distilleries. We stopped because the sign said Founded in 1095! The folks in the gift shop were lovely and I found a couple of neat things to bring back that were very reasonably priced.

Peter (Sexton and Tour Guide of the Church) was amazing! Just listening to his stories and the history of the crypts was well worth the price of admission. If you have been to the Crypts at Christ Church (which was stunning), don't expect that here. These crypts are very rustic and not "fancied" up at all.

We nicknamed Peter "The Crypt Keeper" because of his obvious love of the dramatic! Love! Love! Love! Peter's ability to keep you on your toes and give you all the bleak details of some of the poor souls who reside there. Excellent adventure!

Thank Lee K
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

A local couple had advised us to visit this church during our visit to Dublin. It is only open a couple of hours in the morning and again in the afternoon. You meet your guide in the church and then descend into the crypts where you may not be blamed for thinking you have stepped into a horror film scene. Some of the caskets are open and the guide can tell you some amazing facts about the people who are buried there. Very interesting and highly recommended. Tour lasts about 50 mins and costs 5 euros
with a reduction for seniors and students.

Thank Elaine R
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