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Christ Church Cathedral
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The spiritual heart of Dublin with 1000 years of history. Dublin’s oldest working structure, enormous crypt, magnificent nave and an oasis in the city.

Located at the heart of Dublin city, Christ Church Cathedral is almost 1000 years old and was originally a Viking Church and is now an Anglican cathedral.

The history of Christ Church Cathedral reflects the history, both religious and political, of Ireland. The Cathedral Crypt is one of the largest in the UK and Ireland, dating back to the 12th century.

Music forms a very important part of cathedral life and the Choir traces its origins to 1493 with the founding of the choir school. The cathedral choir has always been highly regarded in Dublin’s musical life and took part in the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in Dublin in 1742. With the largest repertoire of any cathedral choir in the country, covering more than five centuries and including many works commissioned especially for it; it is comprised of 22 professional singers led by a full-time Director of Music, Ian Keatley.

The cathedral’s deployment of 19 bells, ranging in weight from a quarter of a ton to two and a quarter tons, represents a world record of numbers of bells available for full-circle ringing.

Treasures of Christ Church exhibition

The restored 12th century crypt, one of the largest in Ireland or the UK, now houses the important Treasures of Christ Church exhibition, together with the superb video of the cathedral history by Louis Marcus. The exhibition features manuscripts and artefacts that give the visitor some impression of nearly one thousand years of worship in the cathedral and nearby churches. Outstanding among the rare church silver is the stunning royal plate given by King William III in 1697 as a thanksgiving for his victory at the battle of the Boyne. Also on display are the conserved tabernacle and the candlesticks used in 1689 under James II when the Latin rites were restored for a three-month period.

The Treasury also plays host to a rare 14th Century copy of the Magna Carta Hiberniae which is the centrepiece of an exhibition launched by the British Ambassador to Ireland in Ireland - think Robin Hood, Richard the Lionheart and King John.
 

Highlights include:
  • 1,000 years old
  • Oldest working structure in Dublin
  • Originally a Viking Church, it is now an iconic Anglican Cathedral
  • The Cathedral crypt is one of the largest in UK and Ireland
  • The Treasures of Christ Church Cathedral exhibition
  • Rare 14th Century copy of the Magna Carta Hiberniae
  • The famous Christ Church Cathedral Choir has 22 professional singers
  • A year-round event programme
  • A world record of numbers of bells available for full-circle ringing.

Visitor Information

Open Year Round (note Tour Times below)

SELF-GUIDED TOURS

March & October
Monday - Saturday 09:30-18:00
Sunday 12:30 -14:30 and 16:30 -18:00

April to September
Monday - Saturday 09:30 -19:00
Sunday 12:30 -15:15 and16:30 -19:00

November to February
Monday - Saturday 09:30 -17:00
Sunday 12:30 -15:15

Self-guided tours of the cathedral, include admission to crypt and ‘Treasures of
Christ Church’ exhibition. Guide leaflets are available in Chinese, Dutch, Danish,
English, Finnish, French, German, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian,
Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Swedish.
 

GUIDED TOURS - TIMES 2017

November - March
Monday to Friday: 12:10; 14:00; 15:00 and 16:00
Saturday: 14:00; 15:00 and 16:00
Sunday: No guided tours

April - October
Monday to Friday: 11:00; 12:10; 14:00;15:00 and 16:00
Saturday: 14:00; 15:00 and 16:00
Sunday: No guided tours

Contact Details

Christ Church Cathedral,
Christ Church Place, Dublin 8.

T: +353 (0)1 677 8099
E: welcome@christchurch.ie
W: www.ChristchurchCathedral.ie

Closed: December 26

Last admission: 45 minutes before closing

Approx. visit duration: 40 to 60 minutes

Admission Prices 2017

Christ Church Cathedral Entrance and Self-Guided Tours

Adult: €6.50
Senior (aged 60+): €5.00
Student (with valid ID): €5.00
Child (aged 4-16): €2.50
Toddler (aged 0-3): Free
Family (2 adults & 2 children, aged 4-16): €16.00

 

Christ Church Cathedral Entrance PLUS Monday to Saturday Guided Tours 

Adult: €10.50
Senior (aged 60+):  €9.00
Student (with valid ID): €9.00
Child (aged 12-15): €6.50
Family (2 adults and 2 children aged 12-15): €26.00

SEE TOUR TIMES ABOVE

IMPORTANT: This tour includes a steep 86 step climb to the Belfry. It is not suited to children under the age of 12 years, or to visitors with mobility difficulties, heart or respiratory conditions, or expectant mothers. Valid for 365 days from date of purchase.

Important for groups of 10 or more people: Groups of 10 or more, who wish to avail of the tour, must contact Christ Church Cathedral directly to book a precise tour date and time.

 

Other Useful Information

LANGUAGES
Free printed leaflets available in Chinese, Dutch, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Swedish.

SHOPPING
Gift Shop on-site with Cathedral souvenirs, religious merchandise, and hand-made jewellery from Irish designers. 

EVENTS AT THE CATHEDRAL
Throughout the year, Christ Church Cathedral hosts a diverse range of events including concerts and recitals. The famous Christ Church Cathedral Choir also stage special concerts during the year. You can see the ever-changing events schedule on their website. 

PARKING
There is no parking available in the cathedral grounds. The nearest car park is Q-Park Christ Church -  accessed from Werburgh Street, just across from the cathedral. Coach parking available nearby.

ACCESSIBILITY
Partly wheelchair accessible. A ramp can be provided at their main welcome desk area to allow for wheelchair users, however in order to access the crypt visitors with wheelchair would have to go back outside the cathedral onto John’s Lane which is located at the back of our cathedral and access there. The Belfry includes a steep 86 step climb and is not suited to all ages or those with walking difficulties. 

GROUPS
A private guided tour/belfry add-on must have a minimum of 15 people. Private tours are also possible for smaller groups - a minimum charge applies. The belfry can accommodate 24 visitors in total (including leaders/guides/teachers) plus a Christ Church Cathedral guide. Larger groups can be divided into 2 or more groups as required. Advance booking required.

WI-FI
Free Wi-Fi available.

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Map Location

Christ Church cathedral is located in the heart of Dublin city centre and within walking distance of other major attractions such as Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle and Trinity College.

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Adults from

€6.50

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Tickets valid for 365 days from purchase

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Next-up Events

January 1 - December 31 2017
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