Discover the history of the cathedral, which was originally a Viking church and is almost 1,000 years old. See Strongbow’s tomb, Laurence O’Toole’s heart and our famous mummified cat and rat. Or take a trip up to our belfry where you can try your hand at ringing our famous bells (for adults and children aged 12 and over).
Visit the crypt, which is Dublin’s oldest structure and now home to a new family dress up area. Families are welcome to try on costumes inspired by the history of the cathedral, in both child and adult sizes (see the video below). Become a medieval knight or lady and relive the story of Strongbow and Aoife, or dress up in Tudor hats and ruffs. Experience life as an 18th-century crypt market-stall holder or try a medieval monk’s robes on for size.
A special activity leaflet, designed by local illustrator Ruan van Vliet, with a cast of colourful Christ Church characters is available for our younger visitors.
Christ Church Cathedral is the perfect day out for adults and children of all ages.
In March 2012, a bizarre story began to unfold, when the heart associated with St Laurence O’Toole was stolen from the wall-mounted, metal cage in which it was displayed in the cathedral. Despite international headlines about the overnight theft, the heart’s loss seemed puzzling but permanent.
Listen to a clip from our new audio-guide where the Detective in charge of the case talks about the robbery. Then join us at the cathedral to hear the rest of this fascinating story…