Gallarus Oratory, Dingle

4.3
Must see · Ruin · Religious Site
Climbing out of Gallarus Oratory through its window cleanses one's soul, according to local mythology. Visiting the 1,000-year-old church proves this cannot be done, as the structure's window measures only 18 cm (7 in) in length and 12 cm (5 in) in width. Despite its small dimensions, the ancient church represents the pinnacle of dry-stone architecture, built using techniques originally developed by Neolithic tomb makers. The builders cut the stones with such precision that even after a millennium the structure exhibits a smooth finish on its outside walls. Take a walk around this simple structure to fully appreciate the level of skill needed to fit the stones so precisely together. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Gallarus Oratory by using our Dingle itinerary planning app.
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  • We visited in the pouring rain, nobody else around. Was interesting to see on a stop around Slea head drive!  more »
  • Spectular. Amazing craftsmanship that this place of worship is still standing 1400 years later. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • Access to the Oratory is available all year, the visitor center is open only in the summer it was closed when I visited covid 19 i presume .  more »
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  • Probably not worth the 4€ charged at the official entrance but definitely worth a visit when you enter through the FREE entrance (car park is a bit further down the road from the main site, there is a gate and then a straight path to the oratory. Look it up on Google maps you'll see.) The oratory is amazingly well preserved and it's very nice to imagine people coming here ages ago. It's a reminder of times gone by, I really love these kinds of places!
  • Very interesting ancient church that has withstood the test of time. The craftsmanship that went into it was outstanding. It is a small but interesting stop off and I would recommend doing so. The gentleman on the counter was very polite, helpful and knowledgeable. Any questions we had, he had the answers! Very nice to see such passion.
  • Apparently you can access the site for free using the south entrance. Amazing to see that a structure of this type is still standing based on the crafting skills of the time. However, the shop includes many interesting books and maps and although dated the visitor video contains interesting facts and information on Irelands ancient past.
  • Very beautiful and informative! Also there's a really nice man at the reception. Defenitely a place for a quick stop and visit!
  • Nice place! If do you go to Dingle you need go there! The staff is friendly and the place is amazing.

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