Irish Primary and Secondary Schools

Primary Schools

Learn about history, discover art and architecture and find out more about religious life in Ireland throughout the centuries.

  • See the foundations of the original Viking church built on a hill above Wood Quay
  • Visit Strongbow’s tomb and discover why he has a hole in the top of his head
  • 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 and full of amazing stories. But don’t get stuck in the stocks while you’re down there!

Tickets

Free admission, pre-booking required.

Guided Tour (group 15+)
Supplement €4.50 per student.
Pre-booking & pre-payment required.

Price includes 1 teacher free per 10 students.

Irish Primary and Second-level Schools

Self-guided tour: Free admission but pre-booking is required.
Guided tour: €4.50 Pre-booking and pre-payment required

Price includes 1 teacher free per 10 students.

International and Language Schools

Self-guided tour: €6.00 Pre-booking and pre-payment required
Guided tour: €10.50 Pre-booking and pre-payment required

Price includes 1 teacher free per 10 students.

Primary Schools can choose from the following options, all of which 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)
This fun and interactive way to learn allows children to work together in groups, guided by a teacher, to find objects and uncover the answers to questions about the history of Christ Church as they explore. The activity sheet – provided with pencil on arrival – takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and can be combined with a guided tour if requested at time of booking. Please note that we are not running guided tours at this time due to Covid-19.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL TRAIL 
(most suitable for 10-12 year olds) 
A more advanced but enjoyable way to discover the cathedral with slightly more complex tasks and more history to keep older children engaged. Children will receive a trail on arrival — complete with a pencil and measuring tape! — and can work together in small groups, guided by a teacher. It takes approximately an hour to complete.

*MONKS TOUR
(additional charge €4.50 per student)
Dress up as a monk and enjoy a fun tour with one of our cathedral guides focusing on life in the medieval cathedral.

Secondary Schools

Secondary Schools can choose from the following options, all of which must be booked ahead:

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)
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. Students will receive the trail – complete with pencil! – on arrival.

AUDIO GUIDE
(additional charge €2 per student)
Students can avail of our audio guide and explore the cathedral from three different perspectives: ‘Power and Politics’, ‘Christ Church and the City’ or ‘Music and Spirituality’.

*GUIDED TOUR
(additional charge €4.50 per student)
A tour of Christ Church Cathedral will greatly enhance second-level students’ understanding of Irish history, culture and religion throughout the centuries. 

For more information, or to book a visit for your Primary & Secondary school students, please contact Sophie on 01 677 8099 or email her at ei.hcruhctsirhc@hguog.eihpos. Sample copies of all the trails, activity sheets and information sheets can be provided to teachers on request. 

*We regret that guided tours are not currently available.