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Christ Church Cathedral (founded c.1028) is the spiritual heart of the city, and one of the top visitor attractions in Dublin. Step inside and you can enjoy the cathedral’s beautiful interior and fascinating medieval crypt.

There’s so much for you to see and discover at Christ Church Cathedral. Here are a few ideas to get you started…

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Explore the crypt

Follow the steps that bring you beneath the cathedral and explore the medieval crypt,  the largest in Ireland, and the earliest surviving structure in the city. The crypt houses priceless silver, the cat and the rat, the cathedral shop and Ireland’s first copy of Magna Carta. The crypt can also be hired for events.

Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims

CHRIST CHURCH No 1Christ Church Cathedral was once a major pilgrimage site, and would have housed an important collection of relics ranging from a miraculous speaking cross to a piece from the crib of Jesus.

Visit ‘the Cat & the Rat’


A mummified cat & rat are the most unusual inhabitants of the crypt, but also the most popular. Mentioned by James Joyce in Finnegans wake, they are known locally as ‘Tom & Jerry’.

Experience Evensong

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The choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, enjoys an enviable reputation as one of Ireland’s finest choirs.  Tracing its origins to 1493 with the founding of the choir school, the cathedral choir has always been internationally regarded and sang in the world premier of Handel’s Messiah in Dublin in 1742. Choral services are sung every day except Mondays and Fridays and during choir holidays.  To find out more about services please click here.

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