Christ Church Cathedral - Dublin
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Directions to Christ Church Cathedral
Welcome to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity - or as it's more commonly known, Christ Church Cathedral. One of Dublin's oldest buildings (and there's some stiff competition for the honour), Christ Church Cathedral is a leading visitor attraction and has been a place of pilgrimage for almost 1,000 years.
Renowned for its breathtaking beauty, striking architectural features and fantastic floor tiles, Christ Church is also popular as a venue, playing host to many high-profile concerts and cultural events throughout the year.
When you visit, if you prefer independent investigation you can wander about yourself - though most visitors join a tour. Weekday Guided Tours of the Cathedral, which now all incorporate the belfry, take place at 11.00am and 2.00pm Monday-Friday. They provide a great insight into the history of the Cathedral, and the characters involved in the life of Christ Church. There are also Belfry Tours at weekends - click here for further tour details.
For us, the best part of the tour experience has to be that belfry - possibly because we just love making noise (yes, you get to ring the bells!), however the rooftop views are stunning. This certainly justifies the effort of a climb, but it's worth noting that unfortunately this part of the tour isn't suitable for those who have difficulty with narrow, winding, steep stone staircases or teensy-weensy low-clearance doors.
Travelling from the rooftops back down to earth, a rather more imposing door leads to a short flight of steps descending into the famous 12th Century Crypt - one of the largest in Britain and Ireland (and the earliest surviving structure in the city). In the Crypt you'll find elaborate memorials, 'The Cat and The Rat', The Treasury, and an audio-visual presentation. While you're rummaging around beneath the Cathedral, you can also browse the Cathedral Shop or pop into the newest addition to the growing Peacock Green empire, serving fine teas, coffees, and delicious things in the Cathedral café. If you've always wanted to enjoy a snack in a medieval crypt, here's your chance.
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Entrance Fees: Read more about fees and find links to purchase tickets here. Last admission 45 minutes before closing. Please note there may be some restricted access due to services and events so please check for alterations prior to your visit.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat: Mar-May 9-6, Jun-Sep 9-7, Oct-Feb 9-5. Sun: Mar-May 12.30-2.30/4.30-6, Jun-Sep 12.30-2.30/4.30-7, Oct-Feb 12.30-2.30.
The cathedral is closed to sightseers ahead of and during services. However, visitors are most welcome to join in worship (or pray privately), for which there is no cost of entry.
Attending Services: The Cathedral is open every day except the 26th of December. Consult the website for the schedule of weekly services.
School Tours: School groups are welcome to visit Christ Church Cathedral. Click here for further information.
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