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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 get the most from your holiday in Dublin, create itinerary details personal to you using our Dublin tour planner.
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Dublin offers everything from luxury hotels to eclectic guesthouses. Explore over 1,000 years of history in the city on foot by staying at one of the hotels or hostels in the city center. The south side of the river has always been a popular place to stay, particularly near Temple University or the tourist nightlife center Temple Bar, but a new crop of attractive options has popped up on the north side as well. For more affordable accommodations, try a hostel or make your way toward St. Stephen's Green for a more comfortable stay at a mid-range hotel. If the artistic spirit of Dublin is what beckoned you, spend your holiday in a guesthouse near the creative Lower Gardiner Street.
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  • Visited this Church before we visited St Patricks cathedral and this time spent a bit more time versus the last time a few years ago. Really found this Church to be a great visit.. Would actually put ...  more »
  • Very beautiful cathedral, lacked information boards / information around with regards to the items / areas of the chapel but very nice. Make sure you see the cat and the rat in the crypt!  more »
  • This cathedral was beautiful. I went on a walking tour inside with a female tour guide, Adriana. Adriana was so kind, so patient, and led a great tour. I even got to ring a bell! The building itself i...  more »
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  • Love the history of this church. The design, spanning over the street, is beautiful as well. This cathedral also dates back to the 12th century. I unfortunately didn't show up early enough to visit the inside, so a trip back just for that would be worth it.
  • Beautiful building, but the charge was 11 euro for 2 of us, tour was an extra 4 euro each so all in all not good value for money. Don't understand why everything in Ireland has got to have excessive charges on it. Multiple beautiful monuments/cathedrals around Europe with no charge
  • Went to church service here . Absolutely wonderful. The organ and acoustics is super makes the cathedral come alive. Beautiful inside and worth a visit. Gift shop underground in the cript. Beautiful grounds. A true land mark of historical interest to all.
  • This is a stunning Cathedral on beautiful grounds that has had a varied and interesting past. It is also a working place of worship for the Church of Ireland, so it's not always open for tourism. There's a lot to do in the area, including Dublinia. Treat yourself to a coffee and cake in the nearby Queen of Tarts too!
  • It's just a really nice and wonderful church. The inside of the church just awesome. Really love it.