St. Michan's Church
St. Michan's Church
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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10:00 - 12:45, 14:00 - 16:45
Monday
10:00 - 12:45
14:00 - 16:45
Tuesday
10:00 - 12:45
14:00 - 16:45
Wednesday
10:00 - 12:45
14:00 - 16:45
Thursday
10:00 - 12:45
14:00 - 16:45
Friday
10:00 - 12:45
14:00 - 16:45
Saturday
10:00 - 12:45
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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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Neighbourhood: North City Centre
How to get there
  • Four Courts • 2 min walk
  • Smithfield • 3 min walk
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John L
Grand Bend, Canada2,026 contributions
Oct 2022
Sadly, no tours were available when I visited in October, but the self-guided 'outdoor tour' was worth the visit. St Michans was founded in 1095. Bram Stoker allegedly visited the crypts, while another legend claims that Handel practiced on the pipe organ before his first performance of the Messiah. Not too sure about either claim, but I know I'd like to re-visit St Michans when the tours are operating again.
Written 20 January 2023
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Garreth F
Celbridge, Ireland5 contributions
Jan 2023
I bring a school group of teenagers to visit the crypts each year and Peter is always very good with them. Pitches the info at an appropriate level even though he could impart hours of brilliant insights and anecdotes.

Good fun!
Written 17 January 2023
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daz1967Stockport
Stockport, UK335 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Spooky tour under the Church, great guide, interesting history and eerie seeing the ancient corpses and listening to the stories
Written 8 January 2023
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abkell
Sharon, MA37 contributions
Dec 2022
Visited the church and crypt and while the sights were interesting the stories and historical background of the "tour guide" were the best part. It is a somber experience seeing the mummified remains.
Written 27 December 2022
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Brian M
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
Jan 2022
I was advised, "We have never met a McMichan before, I was shown all about, including the cellar with ancient coffins (open)
Written 14 December 2022
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beachcomber_ireland
Dingle, Ireland50 contributions
Nov 2022
Lovely 17th century church with ancient crypts underneath.
Very entertaining tour guide but mind your head!
Written 19 November 2022
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Amanda M
5 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
This church and grounds are steeped in history. At the beginning of the tour you get the opportunity to look around the church on your own and then the tour guide takes you into the crypts. I hate to say it, but looking at the "mummies" was fascinating! I definitely will be coming back and I highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Written 11 November 2022
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Nathalie B
Hoofddorp, The Netherlands39 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Walked for an hour to visit and realized that it was exceptionally closed. No mention of it on the websites or tour companies. Really shameful.
Written 15 October 2022
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Dawnie2
Wolverhampton 38 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Great little tour and very informative tour guide. Knew how to work the crowd with his story telling, however also kept it respectful as still used by families for interments today.
Cost €7 each so not as cheap as you would expect, however money collected goes towards the upkeep of the church. We was taken into two crypts and different artefacts explained including the mummies, execution orders and death mask. Must do in Dublin, if looking for the unusual and minimal touristy spots.
Written 23 September 2022
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Forest fans
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Aug 2022
Great visit to St. Michan's church and crypt. Interesting tour, the guide was brilliant, highly entertaining.
Written 15 August 2022
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