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Christ Church Cathedral - Self Guided Tour

Christ Church Cathedral

The spiritual heart of Dublin with 1000 years of history. Dublin’s oldest working structure, enormous

crypt, magnificent nave and an oasis in the city.

Located at the heart of Dublin city, Christ Church Cathedral is almost 1000 years old and was

originally a Viking Church and is now an Anglican cathedral.

The history of Christ Church Cathedral reflects the history, both religious and political, of Ireland. The

Cathedral Crypt is one of the largest in the UK and Ireland, dating back to the 12th century.

Music forms a very important part of cathedral life and the Choir traces its origins to 1493 with the

founding of the choir school. The cathedral choir has always been highly regarded in Dublin’s musical

life and took part in the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in Dublin in 1742. With the largest

repertoire of any cathedral choir in the country, covering more than five centuries and including

many works commissioned especially for it; it is comprised of 22 professional singers led by a full-

time Director of Music, Ian Keatley.

The cathedral’s deployment of 19 bells, ranging in weight from a quarter of a ton to two and a

quarter tons, represents a world record of numbers of bells available for full-circle ringing.

Treasures of Christ Church exhibition

The restored 12th century crypt, one of the largest in Ireland or the UK, now houses the important

Treasures of Christ Church exhibition, together with the superb video of the cathedral history by

Louis Marcus. The exhibition features manuscripts and artefacts that give the visitor some

impression of nearly one thousand years of worship in the cathedral and nearby churches.

Outstanding among the rare church silver is the stunning royal plate given by King William III in 1697

as a thanksgiving for his victory at the battle of the Boyne. Also on display are the conserved

tabernacle and the candlesticks used in 1689 under James II when the Latin rites were restored for a

three-month period.

The Treasury also plays host to a rare 14 th  Century copy of the Magna Carta Hiberniae which is the

centrepiece of an exhibition launched by the British Ambassador to Ireland in Ireland - think Robin

Hood, Richard the Lionheart and King John.


Highlights include:

 1,000 years old

 Oldest working structure in Dublin

 Originally a Viking Church, it is now an iconic Anglican Cathedral

 The Cathedral crypt is one of the largest in UK and Ireland

 The Treasures of Christ Church Cathedral exhibition

 Rare 14th Century copy of the Magna Carta Hiberniae

 The famous Christ Church Cathedral Choir has 22 professional singers

 A year-round event programme

 A world record of numbers of bells available for full-circle ringing.

Visitor Information

Open Year Round


March & October

Monday - Saturday 09:30-18:00

Sunday 12:30 -14:30 and 16:30 -18:00

April to September

Monday - Saturday 09:30 -19:00

Sunday 12:30 -15:15 and16:30 -19:00

November to February

Monday - Saturday 09:30 -17:00

Sunday 12:30 -15:15

Self-guided tours of the cathedral, include admission to crypt and ‘Treasures of

Christ Church’ exhibition. Guide leaflets are available in Chinese, Dutch, Danish,

English, Finnish, French, German, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian,

Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Swedish.

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