1,000 YEARS OF HISTORY IN THE HEART OF MEDIEVAL DUBLIN
Christ Church Cathedral, founded almost 1,000 years ago (c.1028), is perfectly located in the heart of medieval Dublin City. It is one of Dublin’s top visitor attractions. Step inside and you will be amazed by the cathedral’s beautiful interior and fascinating medieval crypt.
There’s so much to see and discover at Christ Church Cathedral. Here are just a few ideas….
Follow the steps that bring you beneath the cathedral and explore the medieval crypt, the largest in Britain and Ireland. The crypt dates to the early 12th century and is the oldest structure still in use in Dublin today. The crypt houses fascinating memorials, The Treasury, the cat and the rat, an audio visual presentation, the cathedral shop and the Cathedral Café.
Christ Church Cathedral was a major pilgrimage site in the medieval period, with an important collection of relics ranging from a miraculous speaking cross to a piece from the crib of Jesus. Today, it is still possible to see one of these relics, the heart of Laurence O’Toole, the patron saint of Dublin.
Enjoy a guided tour of the gothic nave of the Cathedral with its magnificent stained glass and medieval floor tiles. Climb the 86 steps up to the Belfry for one of the most spectacular views of the city and to gain a valuable insight into the culture of the bell ringers (campanologists) by a practising ringer and teacher of the art.
A mummified cat and rat are the most unusual inhabitants of the crypt, but also the most popular! According to cathedral lore, the cat chased the rat into a pipe of an organ and both became stuck. They are mentioned by James Joyce in Finnegans Wake and are known locally, with typical Dublin wit, as ‘Tom & Jerry.’
At the end of your tour, relax with a coffee in the Crypt Café or have a browse in the gift shop.
Christ Church Cathedral is right in the heart of medieval Dublin and close to other top attractions and next to Dublinia.
By Bus: Christchurch Place is on many bus routes, including the 123, 13, 27, 40, 49, 77a and 77x - see Dublinbus.ie for further information.
By Luas: The Luas, the Irish for speed, is Dublin’s light-rail transit service. It is a swift tram system crossing the city on two lines, one of which is the Red Line. Christ Church is served by the Luas Red Line. Get off at the Four Courts stop and cross the river on to Winetavern Street. Tickets for the Luas can be purchased at streetside vending machines near the stops.
By Dart: Christ Church is located approximately 10 minutes walk from Tara Street Dart Station.
By Train: Christ Church is located 15 minutes walk from Heuston and 20 minutes walk from Connolly Rail Stations, both of which are served by the number 90 bus which stops on both sides of the quays directly opposite the cathedral.