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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  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • August 17, 2017
    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 »
  • August 16, 2017
    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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  • June 26, 2017
    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.
  • July 3, 2017
    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
  • June 6, 2017
    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.
  • April 16, 2017
    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!
  • June 3, 2017
    It's just a really nice and wonderful church. The inside of the church just awesome. Really love it.

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