Schools


Founded c.1030 by Norse King, Sitriuc Silkbeard, Christ Church Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in Dublin and has been at the heart of Dublin history and culture for almost 1000 years. Come and join us on one of our special school tours or trails and find out all about it…

Self-guided tours and trails for Irish National Primary & Secondary Schools are free of charge, but must be booked in advance. Please contact the cathedral on 01 677 8099 or email Sophie at sophie.gough@christchurch.ie for more information, to book your tour or to enquire about a guided tour. Sample copies of all the trails, activity sheets and information sheets can be provided to teachers on request.

 

Christ Church

Primary Schools

Christ Church is the ideal place to learn about the Vikings, the Normans and Medieval life.  It’s also a wonderful way to discover church art and architecture and about religious life in Ireland through the centuries.

– See the foundations of the original Viking Church built on a hill above Wood Quay.

– Come and visit Strongbow’s tomb and hear about how he helped to build the Cathedral.

– Be amazed by the ‘Leaning Wall of Dublin’ and hear the story of how the Cathedral roof fell in.

– See the famous mummified  ‘Cat and Rat’.

– Spot all the different animals in our beautiful floor tiles and see a medieval bird’s claw-print.

– Visit our atmospheric Crypt – the largest in Ireland  – which is full of amazing stories. Don’t get stuck in the stocks while you’re down there…

 

Primary Schools can choose from the following options, all of which are free-of charge but must be booked ahead:

  • SELF-GUIDED TOUR   Wander around the cathedral at your own pace and direct your own learning.
  • INTERACTIVE CATHEDRAL ACTIVITY SHEET (most suitable for 6-10 year olds) Children will receive a sheet on arrival (complete with a pencil!). The activity sheet can be completed in small groups (we suggest up to ten in each, guided by a teacher) and encourages pupils to find objects and discover the answers to questions about the history of the cathedral as they explore. It includes lots of great information about the building and its uses over the centuries and is a fun and interactive way for children to learn about us. The activity sheet takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and can be combined with a guided tour if requested at time of booking.
  • ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL TRAIL (most suitable for 10-12 year olds)  Children will receive a trail on arrival (complete with a pencil and measuring tape!). The trail can be completed in small groups (we suggest up to ten in each, guided by a teacher). It is a more advanced version of our Activity Sheet with slightly more complex tasks and more history to keep older primary school classes engaged and learning in a fun and interactive way. The trail takes approximately an hour to complete.

 

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Secondary Schools

Christ Church is a great place for Secondary School students to learn more about the history of Dublin and how religious practices have changed and evolved during the centuries.

A tour of the cathedral will greatly enhance students’ understanding of Irish history and culture throughout the ages and will give them the opportunity to feel close to figures studied throughout their education, including Strongbow and St Laurence O’Toole, Patron Saint of Dublin.

Secondary school pupils also have the opportunity to climb up to our belfry, learn about our bells (the largest number in any church in Ireland) and have a go at bell-ringing for themselves – an experience unique to Christ Church Cathedral. Please contact the cathedral on 01 677 8099 or email Sophie at sophie.gough@christchurch.ie for more information, to book your tour or to enquire about guided tour admission.

Secondary Schools can choose from the following options, all of which are free-of charge but must be booked in advance:

  • SELF-GUIDED TOUR   Wander around the cathedral at your own pace and direct your own learning.
  • ‘HOW DID THEY DO THAT?’ CRAFT TRAIL (most suitable for 12-15 year olds)  Pupils will receive a trail on arrival (complete with a pencil!). This fascinating trail, developed with the help of local craftspeople and makers, explores the huge amount of work and the many materials and methods that were used to create the Cathedral building and its priceless collection of artefacts. This trail encourages active learning and takes approximately an hour to complete.
  • BELFRY MATHS AND SCIENCE INFORMATION SHEET and TOUR (most suitable for 12-15 year olds) Pupils will receive a sheet on arrival and be taken up to the belfry by one of our trained guides, who will provide a general history of our bells. The information sheet, based on the art of bell-ringing, can then be used by the accompanying teacher to bring elements from the mathematics and physics curricula alive in an exciting new way. Pupils will have the chance to ring the bells themselves while they are in the belfry.  This sheet encourages active learning and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. It can be combined with a full guided tour if requested at time of booking.

 

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