Gallarus Oratory

Gallarus Oratory, Dingle

Gallarus Oratory
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Religious Sites
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09:00 - 20:00
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09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 20:00
Thursday
09:00 - 20:00
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09:00 - 20:00
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09:00 - 20:00
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Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.
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Adrian C
Miltown Malbay, Ireland6 contributions
Jun 2022
This is a review for the visitors' centre and oratory. The visitor centre provides lots of free parking so no problems there. A small fee (€4 per adult June 2022) gains access to the oratory, although there is a public right of way further up the road, but no parking. The nominal fee is well worth it - you get access to an audio visual interpretation of the oratory, access to toilets and there is an onsite café and small gift shop. Others have complained about the entry fee but it's not a huge factor tbh. The oratory is a short walk up a pleasant fuchsia lined path and wildflower meadow with dramatic views of the islands and sea behind. The structure itself is to be admired for the craftsmanship, longevity and as a testament to human kind's resilience and adaptability. The area is steeped in religious history and this is a part of that history. If religion isn't your bag, don't take offence at others right to it (as some others have - it's a religious oratory so if you aren't into that don't visit!). The kids enjoyed it which is a good litmus test.

On the way out the proprietor gave us a very pleasant job of feeding 2 young calves with some calf nuts. A great task for us city slickers!
Written 27 June 2022
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Jaimee G
Urbana, IL435 contributions
Jun 2022
We managed to enter just before a tour bus so we had the place almost to ourselves. It was neat to go inside, check out the construction, and imagine what it was like to be inside during a storm. We parked at the visitor's center, which requires a fee to enter the site, but there is a gift shop and toilets available. Then you walk a bit of a distance to the site itself along a gravel/dirt trail. We could see others parked directly south of the site along R559 and walked a different trail directly up to the site. I don't think you have to pay to park or to enter the site at this location.
Written 24 June 2022
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PassengerOnEarth
Neufahrn bei Freising, Germany12 contributions
Jun 2022
Well worth to visit the Gallarus Oratory. The friendly employees at the visitor centre explain where to go and what to see. A very interesting historical site!
Next to the visitor center there is a kind of cinema displaying a film about the history of Dingle and its culture.
Big parking area, a café and a small shop is also provided. Entrance fee is 4 € for adults or free with an OPW heritage card.
I don't understand comments like the one before saying that places like this are not worth an entrance fee. You have to pay the same amount of money for every little private farm entry without any information at all, no café, toilets, parking & services. And if you really want to save money, go and buy a OPW Heritage Card and you will have free access to about 85 historical sites in Irland!
Written 22 June 2022
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Brendan H
Cork10 contributions
May 2022
This review is specifically for the visitor centre, not the oratory itself, which is maintained by the OPW (3/5, worth taking a look if you are in the area, use the small access path after the big entrance to the visitor centre).
The visitor centre is nothing more than a scam, took our money and we walked out the back door to an empty field without so much as a sign pointing to the actual site, we wandered across the wide, field, through a gate, and across the path that we could have accessed for free if we had known.
Our ticket was filled with weird judgemental religious nonsense about how "it was built when Men understood god, not like today" which was bizarre and creepy, made us pretty certain that not only had we funded a scam, we had funded a weird religious one, something we would never do.
Written 13 June 2022
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Laurel F
Chicago, IL34 contributions
May 2022
Very interesting walking around the Gallarus Oratory. Very well maintained and easily accessible! There often is a tour group viewing the oratory so you can listen to what they have to say about it although there is a plaque explaining about the site!
Written 4 June 2022
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Eoinobr
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Lovely stop off.Seamus is a wealth of information at the reception. The Gallatus is suprisingly beautiful and an incredible structure given its age and historical significance.
Written 1 June 2022
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Verena-Fee K
2 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Nice stop on Slea Head Drive. It is a great opportunity to inform yourself about these typical Stone Houses found all over the Dingle peninsula.
Written 24 May 2022
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mafischl
Huntington, NY1,990 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This building is amazing. Built in the seventh century! Don't park in the first lot. They will charge you. Stay on the small road and park on the left side for free with a shorter walk!
Written 5 May 2022
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Eileen E
Paris, France5 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
It was really nice, worth your money. The technique used seems incredible. You must go there ! 👍🏻 On sunny days you have the change to see better inside.
Written 23 April 2022
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LHarper
Huntington Beach, CA15 contributions
Apr 2022
Who would have guessed that this ancient site was in Ireland at this location. It was worth the stop and nice to walk around to break up the windy roads.
Written 18 April 2022
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