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Review of Gallarus Oratory

Gallarus Oratory
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$80.98*
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Dingle Peninsula Private Tour from Kenmare
Ranked #5 of 43 things to do in Dingle
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Owner description: Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Watched the film before the visit which gives you all the history of the Oratory and surrounding areas. The Oratory itself since standing as it was built all those years ago is something to behold.Lovely little coffee shop and store on site,good parking facilities..all for €3 per person. Well done OPW

7  Thank gcsj
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

The gentleman at the desk was very friendly and accomodating. He let us drive right up to the Oratory and, since we were there quite late, we had the place to ourselves. Do see the movie. It helps explain what you're seeing.

5  Thank Monica M
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This is a bit hard to find, but we were glad we did. It was hot, but inside the Oratory was cool. A bit of a walk out to it, but it was a smooth and easy (flat) walk. The attendants were really helpful, one fellow even described the plants growing around the area and their origin. There were some biting flies - so if I was to go again in the summer, I would take bug repellent. It was humbled by the opportunity to touch such an ancient structure. The manner of building was incredibly creative - I am still not sure how they managed to build that sloping roof with no mortar. Go have a look.

Thank Fitzgig
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

It is a very unique, 1200 years old stone church. Some say it is the oldest Christian Church in Ireland that still stands. It has the shape of a boat hull turned upside down. It is quite small and yet you can pack 40 people in the church.
The entrance to the Church is free. But if you park in the large private lot adjacent to the it, you will be charge an admission fee (3 euros). If you get there early or late, you can try parking for free in a 5-6 car lot up the road close to the Church.

1  Thank FSYMP
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Rather amazing that this small place was home to a number of monks. Didn't take long to check it out but worth the little drive up the hill. Don't pay to park - just drive a little farther and park for free and you'll even be closer to the Oratory.

2  Thank dquigley86
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