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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  • This place is mind-blowing! So many centuries of history, so beautifully preserved! The crypt is very Game of Thrones, and the rest of it very Pillars of the Earth! It's crazy to me that I can stand.....  more
    This place is mind-blowing! So many centuries of history, so beautifully preserved! The crypt is very Game of Thrones, and the rest of it very Pillars of the Earth! It's crazy to me that I can stand.....  more »
  • As in all historical properties, the church offers a glimpse of the life of the faithful in the early years, I would recommend those who choose not to visit the interior to head towards the... 
    As in all historical properties, the church offers a glimpse of the life of the faithful in the early years, I would recommend those who choose not to visit the interior to head towards the...  more »
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  • A lovely way to spend a few hours in the city centre! The staff were all very friendly and helpful, and the audio guide gave some great insights to the different elements of the church. We particularly enjoyed the crypt and the pieces on display there.
  • Such an amazing church with an incredible history! The audio guide was excellent and I think the guided tour might be even better (apparently you get to ring the bells!). Definitely budget several hours to see it all. Keep an eye out for the corner with original floor tiles, the family crest with a monkey because their pet monkey climbed to the top of a tower with their heir and then safely returned the baby, the mummified cat and rat, and a saint’s heart that was mysteriously stolen and then anonymously returned. Definitely one of the top sights in Dublin!

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