Christ Church Cathedral Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral, founded almost 1,000 year ago, is located in the heart of medieval Dublin City. Step inside and you will be amazed by the cathedral’s beautiful interior and fascinating 12th-century medieval crypt - the largest in Ireland.

Open Year Round.


Christchurch, Dublin 8 (See Map Below)


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….

Explore the crypt

Follow the steps that bring you beneath the cathedral and explore the medieval crypt, the largest in 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, and the cathedral shop.


Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims

Christ Church Cathedral was a major pilgrimage site in the medieval period, with an important collection of relics.

Visit the gothic nave and climb to the Belfry

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).


See the mummified ‘Cat and Rat’

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.’




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 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.

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19 world record bells, one weighing over 2 tons!

Ringing the Bells in Christ Church Cathedral

The Christ Church Cathedral Society of Change Ringers was established in 1670 and those who ring the great bells maintain a tradition going back centuries.

The cathedral’s deployment of 19 bells, range in weight from a quarter of a ton to two and a quarter tons, and represent a world record of numbers of bells available for full-circle ringing.

Every bell as it sounds out has been swiftly swung through 360 degrees, to combine with the others in the music of the changes. The oldest bells still in use dates from 1738, while the first notice of bells in Christ Church tower is an entry in the records for the death of John Kyrcham, ‘maker of our bells’, in 1423.

Visitor Information

Christ Church Cathedral
Christchurch Place, Dublin 8
T. +353 (0)1 677 8099

Open Year Round.



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