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Overview

Highlights

  • Delve into the fascinating medieval crypt, one of the largest in Ireland and Britain. It's filled with treasures and the mummified remains of a cat and a rat
  • Visit the tomb of Strongbow, the 12th-century warrior/statesman who was instrumental in the Norman conquest of Ireland and the construction of this church in stone
  • Time your visit right and you'll get to hear Christ Church’s vaunted choir, founded in 1493

Description

Built in the 11th century, Christ Church is Dublin’s original medieval cathedral and home to one of the greatest Crypts in Britain or Ireland. Among the biggest and oldest of its kind anywhere in the British Isles, it’s home to majestic tombs, and precious medieval artwork, while The King's Treasury inside the Crypt holds incredible holy relics.

Christ Church is Dublin’s first cathedral and seat of its archbishops for a thousand years. When you enter its hallowed doors, you’ll be following in the footsteps of quite a few saints.

This is where, in 1171, King Henry II received Holy Communion for the first time after having his archbishop, St. Thomas Beckett, murdered in Canterbury Cathedral. It must have been a pretty tense ceremony.

A decade later, reconstruction began, to turn this wooden cathedral into a stone one. It has undergone various refurbishments since then, but the Crypt is still completely original.

In the Crypt, whose massive stone pillars support the entire weight of the cathedral, you'll see Tom and Jerry, the mummified remains of a cat and rat that got stuck in an organ pipe.

These two certainly made an impression on James Joyce – they were mentioned in his last great work, Finnegan’s Wake.

Ticket

What's included

Entrance to the Cathedral and the Crypt
Admission to the Treasures of Christ Church exhibition
Free information leaflets available in Irish, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Polish, and Chinese.

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Instructions

Simply show your smartphone ticket at the entrance.

Venue

Opening hours

Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:30 - 15:15
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00

How to get there

Christ Church Cathedral
Christchurch Place, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Dublin
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Ratings & reviews

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Jul 13, 2019
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Christ church has a beautiful interior. I was fortunate enough to hear an organ recital - acoustics are amazing. Very helpful and friendly staff.

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