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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  • If you're a fan of the series the Tudors. Some scenes were filmed here. But regardless of that, it is a magnanimous construction. Typical of the city which you can not miss. I do not recommend going, with that visit it from the outside, it is worthwhile.
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  • Absolute must for both residents and visitors to Dublin. Do the whole tour and they will let you ring the bells it is amazing  more »
  • We bought over tickets online so skipped the lines to explore the Cathedral. You need at least 2+ hours because you can easily miss something. It's organized which takes you from the start all the way...  more »
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  • So not worth the 6.50 Euro entrance fee. Probably not even worth a stop if free. Most of the interior is either modern or from the 1870 reconstruction. It's just a church. And an Anglican/Episcopalian one at that. This means the interior is going to be plain.
  • A weekly encounter with the Creator in a warm and friendly environment. Services are prepared with care and the magnificent interiors only add to the celestial atmosphere .
  • Not as impressive as St Patrick's, but still charming in its own right. It has lovely floors, and the crypt is interesting to explore, with some striking tombs.
  • Highly recommend doing the guided tour. For 4 euro extra you get much more history and enjoyment. Totally worth it.
  • One of the most beautiful church in the city. Though there is an entry charge but they'll provide you with a guided tour.

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