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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, Tom Little.

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.

Foxy Friars gift shop has a arge range of bespoke Christ Church merchandise inspired by the unique architecture of the building.

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

Opening Hours for October to December 2020

Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday – CLOSED
Wednesday – CLOSED

Thursday – 10am-5pm (last admission 4:15pm) 
Friday - 10am-5pm (last admission 4:15pm)
Saturday - 10am-5pm (last admission 4:15pm)
Sunday – 12:30pm--3.15pm (last admission 2.30 pm)

Last admission is 45 mins before closing.



Contact Details

Christ Church Cathedral,
Christ Church Place, Dublin 8.

T: +353 (0)1 677 8099
W: www.ChristchurchCathedral.ie

Last admission: 45 minutes before closing

Approx. visit duration: 40 to 60 minutes

Christ Church Cathedral Entrance and Self-Guided Tours

Adult: €8.00 
Senior (aged 60+): €6.50
Student (with valid ID): €6.50
Child (Under 12): €3.50
Child (under 4): Free
Family (2 adults & 2 children, aged 4-16): €20.00



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Other Useful Information

Free printed leaflets available in 12 languages. 

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

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. 

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.


The Cathedral nave can be accessed via a ramp at the main entrance. Access to the Baptistery, Quire & Side Chapels is via steps only. The belfry is not wheelchair accessible. The Cathedral crypt can be accessed via an external entrance. For further information, please contact the cathedral directly

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.

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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