Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
13:00 - 15:00
About
Christ Church Cathedral is one of Dublin's oldest buildings, a leading visitor attraction and a place of pilgrimage for almost 1,000 years. Famous for its breathtaking beauty, magnificent architectural features and wonderful floor tiles, Christ Church is also popular as a venue and is host to many high profile concerts throughout the year. It is home to the tomb of Strongbow, leader of the Normans, who captured Dublin in 1170. The Medieval Crypt, the largest in Ireland, extends under the entire Cathedral and contains the mummified Cat and Rat, trapped in the organ in the 1860s.
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from €7.70
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • Four Courts • 6 min walk
  • Jervis • 8 min walk
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Wilson L
Coquitlam, Canada2,904 contributions
Cool Visit
Nov 2021
It was a very cool visit checking out the Christ Church Cathedral. It is an absolutely beautiful cathedral and very close to everything. Definitely recommend checking it out.
Written 27 November 2021
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Tony S
Ardmore, Ireland15 contributions
Interesting and well worth a visit
Oct 2021
Visited October 2021. Tour is by leaflet, which is well laid out and highlights key items within the building. There are an excellent array of artefacts around the Cathedral and in particular, within the crypt. I would normally skip around an exhibition like this, but spent a good, enjoyable hour during my visit. Would highly recommend
Written 9 November 2021
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Hi tonyardmore, Thank you for visiting and posting a great review. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit and overall experience. Thank you for recommending a visit, and for your support! Hope we can welcome you back on another occasion in the near future.
Written 26 November 2021
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Sarah L
Canada11 contributions
I love a good flying buttress
Oct 2021
This cathedral was just stunning. If you like Gothic architecture, this is a must-see. We didn't take a tour, just self-guided ourselves with the pamphlet (it had a ton of information) and we learned so much! I imagine the tour would be well worth it. We spent a good two hours walking around reading and seeing everything.
Written 5 November 2021
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Hi sarahIA5760JF, Thank you for visiting and posting a great review. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and overall experience - in particular the flying buttresses! Hope we can welcome you back on another occasion in the near future. Thanks for your support!
Written 26 November 2021
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Mark D
2 contributions
Poor
Oct 2021 • Couples
The portion of the tour that was in the church was good. But the Dulina norse portion is a waste of money. It is cheesy and geared to children.
Written 22 October 2021
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Hi R3445AMmarkd, Thank you for visiting the cathedral and posting a review. We're sorry to learn that you were disappointed with your combined visit to both Christ Church and Dublinia. If you have specific feedback for us in the cathedral that you would like to send on, we'd be more than happy to receive - you can contact welcome@christchurch.ie. I'm sure the team in Dublinia would agree, but I don't have a contact to share that you could reach out to. Thank you!
Written 26 November 2021
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saintsnurse
Baton Rouge, LA134 contributions
Beautiful place to see
Oct 2021
This is a beautiful and interesting Church. We really enjoyed walking through (on a self-guided tour) and seeing this amazing place. It was very informative and the crypt was interesting to see. The stained glass was also very beautiful to see. Lovely place.
Written 4 October 2021
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Hi Doughty H! Thank you for visiting and posting a great review. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and overall experience - in particular the stained glass! Hope we can welcome you back on another occasion in the near future. Thanks for your support!
Written 26 November 2021
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JohnAnn B
Vancouver, Canada403 contributions
Wonderful well planned tour of the church, crypt and museum
Oct 2020
We visited the church pre-Covid in May 2019; sorry for the delay in review.

We purchased tickets to tour the church with a guide, and the crypt and treasury on our own, plus entry to Dublinia which is an interactive history museum of Dublin. At the time, this cost 26 Euros for two. The Cathedral is impressive and full of history including Strongbow's Tomb (he led the Norman invasion of Dublin), the Baptistry windows with St. Patrick and other saints, beautiful medieval tiles on the floor, the Heart of St. O'Toole and and various chapels. Downstairs in the crypt is the Treasury with a copy of the Magna Carta, and silverware and plate celebrating the Battle of the Boyne. There are stocks from 1670, mummified remains of a cat and rat (apparently found inside the organ pipes), plus a quite decent shop for souvenirs.

From the church you can take a bridge over the street with coats of arms provided and climbed thew tower as well as take in Dublinia. Dublinia is a museum explaining the history of Dublin with full sized figures showing life during the Viking and Medieval periods. Its worth a visit.

We had coffee and tea and biscuits in the cafe and picked up some minor souvenirs (spoons and coasters, although there is a lot more variety if you are interested).

I was really struck by how well organized the guide lead portion of the tour, the personal tour in the crypt and the museum was and how engaging. This is one of the must-sees if you are visiting Dublin.
Written 4 September 2021
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Hi JohnAnn! Thanks for visiting and for posting a review. It sounds like you'd a wonderful experience with both us and our neighbours Dublinia. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visits and would consider us a must-see in Dublin! We hope the rest of your time in the city was just as good.
Written 4 October 2021
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PSfromIndy
Indianapolis, IN50 contributions
Stunning and full of history.
Jul 2021
My 21 yer old son and I spent about 70 minutes on a self guided tour of the Cathedral. His favorite part was the crypt. It was full of interesting information and even a cat & a rat and a story about the church organ.
I enjoyed the many stained glass windows and craftsmanship of the building itself. This would be in my top 5 of things to do in Dublin.
Written 3 August 2021
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Hi PSfromIndy. Thank you both for visiting the cathedral and leaving a review. We're delighted to learn that you both enjoyed your time on a self-guided tour and that you consider us as one of your top 5 things to do in the city! We hope that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit to Dublin!
Written 23 August 2021
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lauragray304
Sydney, Australia173 contributions
If you have extra time
Feb 2020
Don't get me wrong, it is a beautiful Cathedral, though we didn't find the presentation of it's history worth the entry price. We did a self-guided tour (this may have been where we went wrong), and found that it filled some time for us, but wasn't anything overly engaging.
Written 23 January 2021
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GATfive
Westfield153 contributions
Beautiful medieval cathedral
Feb 2020
Beautiful church originally established by the Vikings. (Make sure you visit the Dublinia Viking exhibit attached by a bridge to the church).
Written 13 December 2020
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Leonor Guevara
Dublin, Ireland25 contributions
Stunning place!
Mar 2020
The place is simply amazing, loved the architecture, the paintings, the cript, the history. The people were very nice. I purchased just for that place, but I think It's better if you purchase the combo with the dublinia Museum. But iff you're not interested, then just the Church is ok, an incredible place to visit while you're in Dublin no matter your religion.
Written 9 October 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral is open:
  • Sun - Sun 13:00 - 15:00
  • Mon - Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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