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Visiting Christ Church Cathedral

Explore one of Ireland’s most historic and sacred places – Christ Church Cathedral.

Located in the heart of Dublin city centre, Christ Church was originally a Viking church and has been welcoming pilgrims and visitors for almost 1,000 years. 

This working Anglican cathedral is an architectural masterpiece, evident from the moment you enter the magnificent Nave with its vaulted ceilings and medieval tiled floor.

Dig a little deeper to find the crypt, the city’s oldest working structure, or climb higher into our belfry and discover our world-famous bells.

Hidden treasures are waiting to be discovered around every corner: Strongbow’s final resting place, the heart of St. Laurence O’Toole, a rare copy of the Magna Carta  and our famous mummified cat and rat.

Come on a journey of discovery in the spiritual heart of Dublin city centre.

Christ Church has a number of different tours available, including a self-guided tour with our audio guides or visitor leaflet.

Or join one of our experienced tour guides on a guided tour, where you can learn about the many stories of Christ Church Cathedral – and even ring the famous bells while visiting the belfry.

Please note, these tours are only available in English and are subject to availability. Please ask at our welcome desk on arrival for the daily tour schedule.
Guided tours are not available to book online. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Christ Church Cathedral, the spiritual heart of Dublin.

There are a range of ticket options available, including self-guided tours, combination tickets with Dublinia and group rates.

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Christ Church Cathedral is located in the heart of Dublin.

We have information on how to get here by train, Dart, Luas and car.

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We warmly welcome group tours to experience our historic cathedral, as a fantastic way to spend a day out in Dublin.

Self-guided tours include admission to the crypt as well as the ‘Treasures of Christ Church’ exhibition.

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There is so much to discover at Christ Church, from its rich history and musical heritage to its deep spirituality and pattern of worship.

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Everyone is welcome at Christ Church Cathedral, however, as it is a medieval structure, there are some access limitations within the building.

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Visitors to Christ Church Cathedral are welcome to take photographs for personal use. However, photography or filming is not permitted during services.

No commercial photography or filming is permitted within the cathedral or cathedral grounds, unless written permission has been obtained in advance from the cathedral office.

Christ Church Cathedral may be one of Dublin’s most popular visitor attractions but there is much more to see across the city. Check out our list of local things to see and do here and see VisitDublin for more great ideas.

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