Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

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One of Dublin's oldest buildings, Christ Church Cathedral sits in the medieval heart of the city. A thousand years old, this imposing cathedral is both a place of pilgrimage and a major architectural landmark, noted for its flying buttresses and stained glass windows. The cathedral's southern aisle features a monument to Richard de Claire, known to history as the Anglo-Norman "Strongbow" who invaded Ireland in 1170. Below the cathedral lies an ancient arched crypt, reputed to be the largest in the country. A guided tour can show you the crypt's curious features, which include a display of a mummified cat chasing a mummified rat trapped inside an organ pipe in the 19th century that's now affectionately called "Tom and Jerry." To visit Christ Church Cathedral and other attractions in Dublin, use our Dublin travel route planner .
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  • We loved the church and the structure and architecture was wonderful. I could go back again. They had a great crypt you can visit also with 1600-1700 plates and chalice used.  more »
  • Guide Tour was wonderful! Great guide with humor. The guided tour to do so. Church is very attractive and fascinating.
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  • Make life easier by buying your tickets online. Very nice, as for all sites visited during our stay. Contrary to what is written on some sites, we were not charged for the pictures (attention photos without flash).
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  • The outside view was beautiful. I, especially, loved the sculpture of the homeless man on the bench. I personally feel that it hits you on the head with emotion. I loved looking at this from the outside. The inside was lovely with its beautiful arches, stained glass, and mosaic tiles on the floor. The crypt was my husband's favorite part. It had ancient books, silver pieces from prior leaders, and tombs. We didn't get to see many things as we were only briefly in Dublin, but I'm glad this was one of the places we went to.
  • Make sure to get the tour that includes going up to the belfry and ringing the bells. I'm serious. It's hella rad. The church itself is fine, and they've got a cool collection of various things from old gold items to modern costumes from TV shows filmed in Ireland in the basement. For real, though, the experience of being lifted off your feet by the bell you're ringing is one of a kind.
  • This place is amazing just on the outside. We didn't go in but it was very cool. Next time we will go in when there's more time. The architecture on the outside was amazing to see though
  • Lovely church as usual. Not to bad with a standard 7 euro entrance. Lovely history and I loved the service, short but filled with old Irish prayers. I recommend staying for it if you have the chance.
  • Very cool history, architecture, and art. The crypt has a distinct smell, but what do you expect. Staff were friendly. Easily spent over an hour on the self guided tour. The staff tour cost extra.

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