The spiritual heart of Dublin with 1000 years of history. Dublin’s oldest working structure, enormous crypt, magnificent nave and treasures

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 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, 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.

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Highlights
  • Almost 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 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
Open

Open Daily Year Round

March & October
Monday – Saturday: 09:30-18:00
Sunday: 12:30 -15:15 and 16:30 -18:00

April to September
Monday – Saturday: 09:30 -19:00
Sunday: 12:30 -15:15 and 16:30 -19:00

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

Closed: December 26
Last Admission: 45 minutes before closing
Visit Duration: Approx. 40 to 60 minutes

Upcoming Events

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. Their Christmas Carols are not to be missed. You can see the ever-changing events schedule on their website.

Prices

Admission Prices 2018

Adult: €7.00
Senior (aged 65+): €5.50
Student (with valid ID): €5.50
Child (Under 16): €2.50
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children): €17
Group (10+): €5.00 per person

GUIDED TOURS
Adult: €11.00
Senior (aged 65+): €9.50
Student (with valid ID): €9.50
Child (Under 16): €6.50
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children): €29

 

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Free printed leaflets available in Irish, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Polish, and Chinese.

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

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: Christ Church Cathedral is partly wheelchair accessible. A ramp can be provided at the main welcome desk area to allow access for wheelchair users, however in order to access the crypt, visitors are required to enter through John’s Lane which is located at the back of the Cathedral. 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.

ACCOLADES

  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
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Getting There

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. Also a 15 minute walk from Heuston Station.

Map Location: 53.343513, -6.271060
Contact Christ Church Cathedral

Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, Ireland


Eircode: D08 TF98
T: +353 (0)1 677 8099
E: welcome@christchurch.ie
W:
www.christchurchcathedral.ie
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