Gallarus Oratory, Dingle

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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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  • It is very peaceful. Not crowded with tourists. Very fun to explore. We went as part of our Dingle Peninsula tour (courtesy of Slea Head tours). Our driver shared his knowledge of the place with its h...  more »
  • The Gallarus Oratory is a chapel located on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland. It has been presented variously as an early Christian stone church by its discoverer, antiquary Charles Smith, ...  more »
  • We had a very memorable evening on New Year's Eve at the Gallarus Oratory and the Visitors Center. Members of the community gathered at the Oratory for prayers by candle light in the oratory on New Ye...  more »
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  • Good historical venue...has an audio visual presentation straight from the 80s before you set off...small gift shop with not a great deal of merchandise for tourists. Cafe was also closed for the season. The building itself it impressive in it's age and condition and there are some other ruin stones around that leaves you wondering what the significance of it was but your left wanting...all in all not horrible and worth stopping by if historical venues are your thing...
  • Loved the oratory. Dry stone construction/corbelling is like 3-dimensional puzzle construction. An incredible technique used by Western Irish for centuries. Be sure to watch the 10-minute video and use the toilets. Worth every penny.
  • The oratory is perfectly preserved, so is a great example of the type of architecture that also built the beehive huts. The visitor center is minimal, but has a small gift and snack shop, decent toilets, and an audio visual show about the site. Entrance in Aug 2017 was €3 per adult.
  • Historically significant, but not really worth the drive if not already close or in a short schedule.
  • Very tricky to get to! If you are driving, I recommend getting directions from the locals instead of relying on Google Maps. We ended up going down a one way street the wrong way and entering the grounds from a service road. That being said, the building was neat and located in such a beautiful area of the Dingle Peninsula, but the visitors center could use some updating.

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Dingle Town represents a relaxed, artistic destination known for having plenty of affordable bed and breakfasts and other specialty accommodations. Many of these cluster right in the town's center, although the town also has a number of hotels, hostels, and other lodging for tourists. Here it's even normal to stumble upon a pub offering accommodation. A more luxurious (and often costly) option for travelers taking in the beauty of this peninsula is to stay in a scenic guesthouse overlooking Dingle Bay, which you can find in or right outside of town.
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